Photo by Alan Barnett.

Anthony Aiu

Anthony Aiu received his MFA at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. While there he co-authored A Choreographic Workbook with Professor Kazuko Hirabayashi.

In 2009, he founded `Avei`a to showcase his culturally rooted movement style, creating over 25 works, including Vari, Ura, Pape, Mata'i (2010), for Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look series, and Moana Nui (2009), for the Intercultural Arts Dialogue. His dedication is developing a dance form and approach to technical training that draws on his rich ancestry and to give voice to the underrepresented Polynesian people. Aiu's work has been presented by the LABA Theater NYC, Green Space, Dixon Place, 92Y, SUNY Purchase, Dance Parade NYC, Steppin’ Out Studios, Brooklyn Ballet, and Webster Hall, among other festivals. In 2014 residency he collaborated with Manahau on The Legend of Maui, for Heiva i Tahiti.

Currently Anthony is working on the Global Harmony Project, an initiative to bring communities together through the creative process and performance. He co-founded Te Ao Mana in 2016 and has presented in NYC Dance Parade, Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, Hōkūle’a Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Battery Dance Festival, Hawaiian Chef Sheldon Simeon, Children’s Hospitals, 92Y Dance Street Fair, Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, and 92Y New York/Pacific Time Dance Festival. 

Past Classes & Events

Studies Project: Decolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue

February 18, 2018