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: “This short dance documentary delicately brings the spotlight back to the late dance icon, Douglas Wright. As we are invited into the intimate setting of his home and the grandeur of the theatre while Douglas rehearses and performs his memorable solo from The Kiss Inside (2015), we are reminded of the absolute prowess of this artist. It is an honour and a privilege to have this small moment of dance history in the festival; a huge thank you to Megan Adams for generously sharing this with our communities.”view here
Tempo Says: “Still Solo is such a wonderful example of how choreographic thinking can be expansive and applied to contexts beyond the stage. This double photographic series both exalts and mutes the presence of the human, creating an incredibly interesting interplay between here and not here. Light and shadow dance onto and against the body; they whisper into space in ways that words never could.”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.