TT : Environmental, racial and political themes seem to play a key role in your works. Do you think your affinity for such themes stems from being a Pacific Islander or more directly as a contemporary artist? What do you see as the link between art and activism, especially dance?
LP: I did not set out to be an artist or learn how to make theater. I was merely trying to learn about my life on Earth. My dance is where I am. Art is the story of our lives. Dance must not exist in a vacuum. Dance is politics, religion, sex, tax, recreation, is aspirations, it’s everything, it’s life. It is all forms of activism. It is permanently in the movement from chaos towards order, through beauty. Dance is a question of how shall I live our lives. But I don’t want to lecture you in my stage performances of how to be or how to live your life. It is rather an imperfect attempt to bring you back to a common genealogy with all existence, towards the va, towards the numenon, towards reminding the soul of its higher state. It’s a prayer.