Hey everybody! Tempo is finally here and it’s gonna be a great one! We open with a two-night season of Kotahi with Atamira Dance Company and guest artists from NAISDA Dance College in Darkinjung Country (Australia). Both Kotahi programmes will feature impressive AV elements and colourful movement by choreographers Louise Potiki Bryant, Jack Gray and Frances Rings.
Meanwhile, out at the Vodafone Events Centre in Mangere Tohu Dance Theatre present ONE: The Earth Rises in a stellar collaborative project featuring the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic Choir and dance students from UNITEC (among others!), bringing to life the fascinating history of the Manukau area. For one night only Le Moana bring their award-winning show 1918, a powerful commemorative performance depicting a dark yet hopeful time in Samoan history. HEALR heats up the Q Loft in an exploration of the thin line between self-help and self-harm by SOFT Co while BoyzDance2 celebrate 20 years of boys dancing in METAMORPHOSIS.
Between Two features much-anticipated new work by choreographers Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash in a very intimate season in the Q Vault. The New Zealand School of Dance present Movement. A Manifesto choreographed by James O’Hara and Just Dance Krazy sees JDK dance crew, Touch Compass and students from NZSD show the power of dance to overcome anything.
Part 90s rave, part meditation course, part visit to a psychic, Deep Soulful Sweats is sure to get your cleansing, restorative groove on. Led by acclaimed Melbourne-based artists Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken, DSS is a FREE event that will get you fake believing in no time.
Not a bad start to the festival - and it's only Week 1! Stay tuned for more dance goodness in Week 2 at Tempo!