Timoelu in Falatalimalo Siva Afi Challenge

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LARGER THAN LIFE PERFORMANCE: Timoelu and Jarvis with the Siva Afi Team.

LARGER THAN LIFE PERFORMANCE: Timoelu and Jarvis with the Siva Afi Team.

Le Lagoto Resort & Spa’s Timoelu Simona and Jarvis Fiu Hunt were the latest fire knife performers to battle it out in the increasingly popular, Falatalimalo Siva Afi Challenge.

The audience could hardly believe their eyes when young Jarvis took to the stage as the first performer. At only ten (10) years of age, Jarvis’ knife was almost as long as Jarvis is tall! But as an audience member from Melbourne commented, “He may be small, but his performance was larger than life!”

Timoelu, the second challenger, has been practicing the art since he first attended a Siva Afi workshop in Faga Savaii, in 2005. Timoelu’s extra years of experience with the knives gave him the edge, as he was announced winner on the night. 

Leota Lene Leota of Siva Afi Entertainment was impressed with the local talent from Savaii. “I’m very pleased that Le Lagoto Resort brought two young performers in, to gain valuable experience in a competition like environment. It’s exactly what this Challenge is all about” Said Leota.

“We want this performing art to be practiced all over Samoa, so Hotels and Resorts can employ local performers from the village for their shows.” He added, “Although only one of the boys can move through to the next round of the Challenge, everyone was a winner here tonight.” 

Leota Lene Leota of Siva Afi Entertainment presenting 10 year old Jarvis Fiu Hunt with the runner up prize.
Leota Lene Leota of Siva Afi Entertainment presenting 10 year old Jarvis Fiu Hunt with the runner up prize.
Le Lagoto Resort & Spa Fire Knife Dancers Timoelu Simona and Jarvis Fiu Hunt
Le Lagoto Resort & Spa Fire Knife Dancers Timoelu Simona and Jarvis Fiu Hunt
Head Judge Kome Feagaimalii with Timoelu Simona from Le Lagoto Resort & Spa.
Head Judge Kome Feagaimalii with Timoelu Simona from Le Lagoto Resort & Spa.

The Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge takes place Tuesday evenings during the Siva Afi Show, at Ooh La La Ice Cream Bar Matuatu.

The overall winner will collect $1000 and gain automatic entry to the International Siva Afi Competition 2017, which will be held in Apia, 30th August – 2nd September.

Next Tuesday April 18, two performers from Sheraton Samoa Aggie Greys Resort will do battle in Week 6 of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge. 

To book a seat for the show, call Siva Afi Entertainment on 752 6128 / 26128.

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