TEMPO DANCE FESTIVAL PAYS RESPECT TO TANGATA WHENUA AND HUMBLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE PRIVILEGE GRANTED TO US TO EXERCISE OUR LOVE OF DANCE WITHIN THE AUSPICIOUS LANDS OF THE PEOPLES OF NGĀTI WHĀTUA KI ŌRĀKEI
Tempo Dance Festival is New Zealand’s premiere dance event that takes place every year in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. The festival showcases dance artistry of many kinds in a reflection of the rich cultural dynamism of our country and our Asia-Pacific neighbors. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, we have taken the festival into a digital space for 2020. We are struck by the resilience and innovation that dance artists have cultivated at this time, and we are honored to be able to share some of their work as they explore new understandings of what a platform for dance can be. Adapting to the presentation of a digital platform would not have been possible without the incredible support of the New Zealand Dance Festival Trust, and our funders Creative New Zealand, Foundation North and Auckland Council. Sincere thanks to you all.
Tempo Says: “Grace Bentley-Tsibuah is back with part 2 of Ama; a video work compiled of edits from a live-streamed performancethat Grace shared at the beginning of our Ka Awatea season. Through the vibrations of movement and sound, Grace and their collective of performers create a profound healing moment for Black communities in Aotearoa, activating and solidifying a connection to this whenua and the wider mother-ream that is earth.”view here
Tempo Says: “It fills our hearts with pride to see some of our dance community rally together and get stuck into some really important conversation. When stories are told in safe spaces transformative work can be done, and we believe The Wellbeing Initiative will do just that. A huge mihi to everyone who has taken part in creating this wonderful service for artists.”view here
Tempo Dance Festival is brought to you by a team of wāhine toa who are committed to servicing Aotearoa’s dance sector. The team consists of Cat Ruka (Artistic Director), Gabrielle Vincent (Senior Producer), Zoe Nicholson (Producer in Residence) and Kirsty Brownfield (Finance Manager). Together these wāhine breathe life into the organisation’s values and its commitment to providing transformational opportunities for dance artists.