A truly hybrid project, SA/MOA tells of Oceanic resilience and relationship as Tasmanian Samoan, Lila Meleisea, expands her music and community-based practice to roles as visual artist, artistic director and curator.

SA/MOA takes two simultaneous forms; a performance/exhibition space and a space for knowledge-sharing and community.

The gallery-style install of cultural artefacts, mandala wall-works, siapo barkcloth, and time-based AV works is inhabited by a curated assortment of durational performances that, together with a large brew-pot of cocoa, weave together to embrace audiences in an all-sensory experience across a number of days with community-based conversations and actions occurring alongside.

 Premiering in lutruwita/ Tasmania in 2025, SA/MOA introduces an esteemed and fascinating Samoan collective of makers, knowledge keepers and cultural and environmental activists from Naarm/Melbourne, Gimuy/Cairns, Lutruwita/Tasmania as well as Samoa to a Tasmanian audience.


Lead Artist
Lila Meleisea

Samoan cultural advisor,  mentor and performance collaborator
Grace Vanilau

Other artists/performers
Natalia Mann
Florence Tupuola
Steven Percival
Alfred Hunkin
Keith Deverell
Steven Percival

Standing Presence Climate Warriors representatives

Takani Clark

Produced by
Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

SA/MOA (sacred/centre) is in creative development through 2023 and 2024. Premiereing in 2025. The project was seeded through the 2021 Tarraleah Artist Residency.

Sinsa Mansell Senior Producer
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Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Lila Meleisea’s Samoa Project was seeded at the Tarraleah Residency of 2021 and has since been supported by a residency via our partnership with MAC.


In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.