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Polytoxic is based in Brisbane, Australia, and creates work inspired by the traditions of the Pacific, the guts of physical performance and the crimes of pop-culture.

Sam Tupou is one of Australia's most exciting contemporary Pacific visual artists whose artwork sets traditional Tongan Tapa patterns against the stylized images and wildly artificial colours of western pop culture.

Polytoxic - Trade Winds


Canadian Premiere! Australian dance-theatre company Polytoxic returns to Planet IndigenUS with a striking new performance on The Natrel® Pond at Harbourfront Centre.

Trade Winds combines stunning projections, bold costuming and intricate physical performance as two women navigate their way across the vast watery surface.

The Pacific was the first ocean to be explored and settled, and its history is filled with stories of voyages, meetings, and exchanges between different cultures. Trade Winds re-imagines these exchanges both past and present, in a technicolour world where the traditions of the Pacific collide with the trappings of pop culture.

Floating amongst the water are tiny boats containing messages from near and afar. And just as the early Europeans traded beads for coconuts, Trade Winds invites audiences to contribute their own message and set a boat afloat.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Arts Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Australia Council for the Arts

Check out the Polytoxic Dance Workshop on Saturday, August 18 at 1pm.

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