Tempo Dance Festival
|Country and Region||New Zealand — Auckland|
|Type of Festival||Dance|
|Location of Festival||Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand|
|Festival Contact Information|
New Zealand Dance Festival Trust
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 - 21, 2012|
Free public events 2012:
- Saturday, 1 September, 1pm
- Screening and discussion of dance film Forever (1994) with Douglas Wright, Jo Randerson, filmmaker Chris Graves, rehearsal assistant Ann Dewey and Dr Keren Chiaroni.
- Saturday, 8 September, 1pm
- Photographer John Savage talks about collaborating with artists and capturing movement, including his work on Douglas Wright’s Black Milk and rapt.
- Saturday, 15 September, 1pm
- Dr Alys Longley, lecturer in Dance Studies, discusses her research into experimental documentation and writing in relation to performance.
- Saturday, 22 September, 1pm
- Critic Raewyn Whyte and Dance Studies lecturer Carol Brown discuss aspects of contemporary dance.
- Saturday 29 September, 1pm
- Douglas Wright reads from his memoirs Ghost Dance, Terra Incognito and other writings.
- Saturday, 6 October, 1pm
- Screening of Leanne Pooley’s award-winning 2003 documentary, Haunting Douglas (75min).
- Saturday, 13 October, 1pm
- A screening of Douglas Wright’s Faun Variations (1987), influenced by Russian choreographer and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Artist Sriwhana Spong responds with a discussion of her own interest in Nijinksy, and her films based on research and reimagining of dance history.
- Saturday, 20 October, 1pm
- Marianne Schultz, Department of History, discusses the development of contemporary dance in New Zealand, particularly the role of Limbs Dance Company where Douglas Wright began his dance career in 1980.
Douglas Wright: Body of Work exhibition 2012:
- Tempo is proud to support the opening of a new exhibition at Gus Fisher Gallery on Friday, 31 August at 5:30pm. Douglas Wright: Body of Work will run 31 August until 20 October, and is part of Tempo Dance Festival 2012. Exciting FREE public events take place throughout the exhibition. Choreographer Douglas Wright is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most visionary artists. In his 30-year career, he has created more than 40 dance-theatre works. Many of these works have explored what it is to be human, the depths of the human spirit, and our ongoing relationships with life and death. The exhibition Douglas Wright: Body of Work gathers work that highlights the extraordinary output of Wright’s body throughout his career. It shows documentation of work in progress – photographs by John Savage, Peter Molloy, MikiNobu Komatsu, Peter Dömötör, and others, capture exquisite flights exerted by uncommon bodies, as well as the complex psyche of Wright’s most seminal choreographies. Also on show, in a more domestic setting evocative of Wright’s home, are his choreographic workbooks; paintings, sculptures, small installations and drawings, the making of which Wright describes as miniature gestural choreography; and his memoirs and drafts of poems that echo the text of his workbooks – vivid metaphors that give rise to the dances that imprint themselves onto the minds of their audiences long after the curtain has closed. Presented in association with Tempo Dance Festival 2012 and Dance Studies, The University of Auckland. Curated by Georgina White.
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