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: “Perhaps one of our most aspirational and joyous videos of the year, ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’ by Carolyn Sylvester takes a look at the incredibly special relationship between dancing and ageing. Be careful watching this – you might just leave feeling a little happier, a little more inspired, a little more hopeful, and perhaps even a little bit humbled. A huge thank you to everyone involved in this gem, for reminding us of the sparkly magic that dancing can offer us through our WHOLE, ENTIRE LIVES.”view here
Tempo Dance Festival is brought to you by a pair of wāhine toa who are committed to servicing Aotearoa’s dance sector. The team consists of Cat Ruka (Artistic Director) and Zoë Nicholson (Creative Producer). Together these wāhine breathe life into the organisation’s values and its commitment to providing transformational opportunities for dance artists.