'Isope 'Akau'ola

‘Isope ‘Akau’ola is an emerging dance artist who hails from the villages of ‘Utulau and Lotofoa in the beautiful kingdom of Tonga but he was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. He found his love of performing through Pacific dance and theatre, and in his last years of secondary school developed a passion for movement and dance.

Currently in his last year of his dance training at Unitec, ‘Isope has been incredibly fortunate and privileged to work amongst and collaborate with amazing practitioners and organisations including Claire O’Neil, Tamsyn Russell, Aloalii Tapu, Eddie Elliott, Ross McCormack, Katrina George with Red Leap Theatre and in his second year was granted a Faleship Residency with Tautai Pacific Arts Trust.

‘Isope believes that dancing is one of the most extraordinary things and to be able to share it with others is a massive blessing.