MANA opens up with the first ever SIVA-AFI DENVER. This is our Samoan Fireknife competition
where performers from all parts of the world will showcase their talents in both team and singles formats. Competitors will be held to a strict judging system of authenticity, costume, ability, and creativity whilst vying for the prestigious SIVA-AFI DENVER trophies in either category.
'SIVA-AFI is not possible without a drumming ensemble. A complete ensemble is typically comprised of the Pate, metal cracker tins, and a base drum. We will be grading on the same scale as the dancers. Creativity is key!
Performances will take place in a single-elimination format. Participants for this event will perform the second half on Sunday, August 25th leading into the evening.
RULES coming soon.
The Siva Afi was originally performed with the Nifo Oti, which was very dangerous. The modern fire knife dance has its roots in the ancient Samoan exhibition called ailao – the flashy demonstration of a Samoan warrior's battle prowess through artful twirling, throwing and catching, and dancing with a war club. The ailao could be performed with any warclub, and some colonial accounts confirm that women also performed ailao at the head of ceremonial processions, especially daughters of high chief