Tempo Dance Festival

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Country and Region New ZealandAuckland
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

New Zealand Dance Festival Trust
P. O. Box 5072,
Wellesley Street,
Auckland, New Zealand
Email: mj@tempo.co.nz

Festival Description

New Zealand’s biggest dance festival happens when Tempo NZ’s Festival of Dance proudly returns to Auckland with an impressive programme of 913 performers dancing up a storm in over 93 performances. The success of Tempo reflects the public’s growing interest in dance thanks to its multiple sightings in various types of media. TV shows like Dancing With The Stars with it’s magnitude of differentiating evocative social styles and documentaries such as Dave LaChappelle’s Rize which deals with the clowning/krumping scene, have become immediate hits with viewing audiences.

The appeal of dance also crosses all boundaries of ethnicity, sex and age. The festivals new initiative Sky City Access for the Elderly offers a large number of free tickets to those in their twilight years to enjoy the many dance events on offer in this year’s outstanding festival programme.

Festival Dates October 9 - 20, 2013
Festival Links http://www.tempo.co.nz

Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Tuakana PURE — Opens Tempo 2013
    October 9, 7:00pm, followed by post show Forum with Charles Koroneho, Q Theatre, Ranagtira
    • Created by Charles Koroneho in collaboration with Alejandro Ronceria and Brad Gledhill Tuakana PURE brings a stunning space of ritual and flawless design. “From the darkness comes a cold wind to crush the body, prophetic shadows transform the discontinued, an unspoken community. Unearth the Tūāhu, ritual space of the unknown. Awaken body, alone, unknown and nameless, dance of anonymity. Tectonic memories petrify longing, dreams are whispered, my journey from compression to gravity’s embrace, a solemn ascension. Skeletal precipice, bone cemetery, ‘Pure’ rite, dance incantation, a cleansing utterance…………”
  • Fault Lines- Leshan Dance Company
    October 10, 8:30pm, Q Theatre, Rangatira
    • Led by Christchurch locals; director Sara Brodie, assistant choreographer Ross McCormack and designer Mark McEntyre and created with the dancers of the Leshan Dance Company of southern China who experienced the devastating Sichuan quake of 2008, Fault Lines offers a private view of what it is to survive in the aftermath of a quake. Fault Lines performs at Tempo 2013 for 1 show only after premiering at the Melbourne Arts Festival 2012 and showing at Christchurch Arts Festival 2013. Watch a great interview with director Sara Brodie here. Fault Lines is co presented by Tempo Dance Festival and Auckland Arts Festival and proudly supported by Pacific Rose Motel. Fault Lines will also perform at the Christhchurch Arts Festival and Nelson Arts Festival 2013.
  • Made In New Zealand- Footnote Dance
    October 11, 8:30pm, Q Theatre, Rangatira
    • The seventh and final year of this touchstone programme as Footnote Dance tours its last season of contemporary New Zealand repertoire. Made in New Zealand is a season celebrating, presenting and touring the work of Kiwi creators to Kiwi music for KIWI audiences.
    • COLT
      Direction and Choreographic Design: Sarah Foster-Sproull
      Music: Eden Mulholland
      Lighting Design: Jen Lal
      Dramaturgy: Andrew Foster
      Choreographic content/Dancers: Alice Macann, Emily Adams, Levi Cameron, Manu Reynaud, Olivia McGregor, Rose Philpott
  • KAHA 2013- Atamira Dance Company
    October 18 - 19, 8:30pm, Q Theatre, Rangatira
    • FROM HAKA to BREAKIN’ FROM THE 1980S’, KAHA 2013 is a collection of seven short works that showcase the strength and diversity of both contemporary dance and of Atamira Dance Company; the overall programme speaks to a wide audience of dance lovers, families and those that want to experience a high quality live performance filled with beauty, mana and power! ‘…bring your mates, your Nan and your kids because Kaha is a performance everyone will love.’ KAHA 2013, Kathleen Mantel, Theatreview
  • Pacific Dance Triple Bill
    October 19, 6:30pm, Q Theatre, Loft
    • Pacific Dance Triple Bill is a slice of Auckland’s bustling and growing Pacific dance scene. It represents the dynamism and evolution of Pacific dance based on the influences of the islands yet expressed with an urban New Zealand context. Pacific Dance New Zealand presents three Pacific choreographic works by Auckland-based Pacific Choreographers: Spiritus Aitu, by Charlene Tedrow
      Finé Fatale, by Mario Faumui
      Home, Land and Sea, by Olivia Taouma

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