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: “The dance of the inner-monologue; we all have one, and yet we mostly keep them hidden in the darkness of our own minds. In Half ‘n’ Half, Toa Kohatura Paranihi chooses instead to do the opposite - bravely sharing with us some of the woven and non-linear chatterings that dance within him as a man of both indigenous and colonial whakapapa. Through speaking into the awkwardness and difficult expectations that exist within the cultural liminality of being ‘half’, Toa inadvertently invites others to do the same, in a generous and vulnerable provocation for healing.”view here
Tempo Says: “Within this essay by Amit Noy, the personal and the critical leak into each other to bring a sharp argument around whiteness in modern and contemporary dance making. As the writer harnesses their own body-experiencing of Hula to deftly reveal the colonialism within notions such as ‘abstraction’ and ‘neutrality’, our assumptions as contemporary dance practitioners are called into major questioning. Snuggle up, brew some tea and turn the phone off – you'll want complete time-and-space focus for this one. Bold, brave, outstanding.”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.