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: “Nadia Milford’s MAID is the perfect way to finish the month off in Venue 1. Filmed with cinematic precision, MAID offers a series of evocative movement rituals that demonstrate the mysticism and force of the divine feminine. A fine example of the magic that can happen when dance and film collide.”view here
Tempo Says: “We are proud to support Bjorn, a recent graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, and his exploration of queer identity through portraiture. Dance-makers will often utilise the creation of still imagery as a tool to build worlds for choreography, which Bjorn does here with deftness and precision. We look forward to following Bjorn’s journey as he continues to experiment with aesthetic and design in his choreographic work.”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.