BIO

Nāwāhineokalaʻi (Nawahine) Lanzilotti is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator raised in lower Mānoa, Oʻāhu, whose work focuses on decolonisation and sustaining indigenous practice through experimental performing arts.

 

Nawahine’s collaborations throughout the Asia-Pacific aim to engage diverse communities employing spoken word, movement, sound arts, and film/video projection. From 2012-2018, Nawahine lived in New Delhi, India studying Hindustani music and creating cross-cultural productions with her international arts collective PULSE Ensemble. 

In 2019, she earned her MFA in experimental sound from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College with the completion of her thesis, "Nā Kai ʻEwalu: Fluidity and Fragmentation as Form in Indigenous Experimental Performance." Nawahine currently serves as the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Coordinator for East-West Center in Mānoa, O'ahu; her JEDI philosophy advocates for transformative justice through by centering indigenous methods and perspectives.

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