Salā Lemi Ponifasio (born 1964) is a Samoan and New Zealand choreographer, dancer, stage director, designer and artist.
In 1995 Ponifasio founded Mau dance company in Auckland, New Zealand, working with communities and artists from all over the world. Mau is a Samoan word that means a declaration to the truth of a matter.
In 2014, The Guardian reviewed the Mau company's performance of "I AM" at the Edinburgh Festival as "a juggernaut of a piece, walk-of-the-dead slow in parts, genuinely chilling in others, its black heart pulsing to the sound of a thunderous, nuclear undertow."
In 2014 the Mau Company performed "Birds With Skymirrors", a piece on climate change, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The New York Times reported that Ponifasio "conceived of 'Birds With Skymirrors' not as a political rant but as a meditation on the end, an examination of the threshold between life and death." When the piece was performed at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, The Guardian called it "physically extraordinary and imaginatively charged."
Lemi Ponifasio’s most recent works include Lagimoana (2015) for the Venice Biennale 56th Visual Arts Exhibition; Apocalypsis (2015) with music of R. Murray Schafer at the Luminato Festival, Toronto; I AM: Mapuche (2015) and Ceremony of Memories (2016)  with MAU Mapuche the indigenous people of Chile; and I AM (2014) for the 100th Anniversary of WW1, which premiered at the Avignon Festival  followed by seasons at such places as the Edinburgh International Festival  and the Ruhrtriennale, Germany. His other creations include The Crimson House (2014)  probing the nature of power and a world that sees all and no longer forgets; Stones In Her Mouth (2013), a work with Maori women as transmitters of a life force through oratory and ancient chants; the opera Prometheus (2012) by Carl Orff for the Ruhrtriennale; Le Savali: Berlin (2011)  confronting the imperial City of Berlin with its own communities of immigrant families in search of belonging and constrained by threat of deportation; Birds With Skymirrors (2010)  responding to the disappearing Pacific Islands, homelands to most of his performers and devastated by climate change; and Tempest: Without A Body (2008)  concerning power and terror and the unlawful use of state power post 9/11.
- Herrick, Linda (25 April 2015). "Lemi Ponifasio: How the world moves". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- Bain, Alice (18 August 2014). "Edinburgh festival 2014 review – Lemi Ponifasio's I AM is a nightmare". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- Burke, Siobhan (20 November 2014). "Lemi Ponifasio's Mau Company at Brooklyn Academy of Music". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- Bain, Alice (19 August 2010). "Birds with Skymirrors | Dance review". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Samoan NZer to deliver International Dance Day msg". 13 April 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "La Biennale di Venezia - Artists: Lemi Ponifasio". Labiennale.org. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Apocalypsis - Luminato". Luminatofestival.com. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "MAU Mapuche busca que "aparezca un pueblo que ha sido oprimido, pero que aún existe y que tiene cosas que aportar al mundo" | Fundación Teatro a Mil". Fundacionteatroamil.cl. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Lemi Ponifasio - Festival d'Avignon". Festival-avignon.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "I AM | Edinburgh International Festival". Eif.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Lemi Ponifasio: I AM - Ruhrtriennale 2012-2014". Archiv.ruhrtriennale.de. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "The Crimson House .- Spectacles -. Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre des Abbesses - Paris". Theatredelaville-paris.com. 2014-04-06. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Stones in her mouth | KVS - Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg". Kvs.be. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Orff/Ponifasio: Prometheus - Ruhrtriennale 2012-2014". Archiv.ruhrtriennale.de. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Berliner Festspiele: spielzeit'europa, Le Savali: Berlin". Archiv2.berlinerfestspiele.de. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Birds With Skymirrors". BAM.org. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Théâtre de la Ville, Théâtre des Abbesses - Paris .: Biographie : Ponifasio". Theatredelaville-paris.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016.