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PACIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL 2017

  • Returning in 2017 after a hugely successful debut last year, the Pacific Dance Festival will launch an all new programme, running 15–24 June at Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland. Born out of the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory (since 2009), the festival provides an opportunity for Pacific choreographers to create, develop, and perform original dance works in a celebration of Pacific cultures. This initiative by Pacific Dance New Zealand has expanded over two weeks, presenting a programme that embraces contemporary Pacific dance in the most populous Polynesian city in the world.

     


     
    “The festival is New Zealand’s only contemporary Pacific dance festival of its type and showcases some of the country’s most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers,” says festival director Iosefa Enari. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for audiences to familiarise themselves with the incredible diversity of performance out there.”

     


     
    The first week of the festival will present Wahine Toa over two nights, a collection of four works by female choreographers in a celebration of the strength and diversity of Pasifika women: Tai Akaki by Tepaeru–Ariki Lulu French, Ave by Ufitia SagapoluteWest Meet South by Losalia Milika Pusiaki, and Found Words by Julia Mage’au Gray. The week will conclude with the debut performance of the highly anticipated Nu’u by Freshmans Crew on Saturday 17th June, fusing together Pacific, Maori, Urban and Contemporary dance styles in a story exploring three characters and their experiences growing up in New Zealand. Nu’u will debut at the Pacific Dance Festival before travelling overseas, with interest from as far abroad as Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Utah already being expressed.

     


     
    Week two will feature the men of the programme in action, presenting Tamatoa and consisting of five original works: Muamua and Keeping the Faith by Joash FahituaFa’aafa by Pati TyrellMea Tau by Elijah Kennar, and Tu Move by the New Zealand School of Dance. Closing the festival is a huge double bill performance of Aumaga by Le Moana and Le Mau by Jasmine Leota, showing on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June. Aumaga explores the spaces inhabited by the ‘untitled’ men of Samoan villages, their day to day activities, and their service to family and culture.  Inspired by the ‘Mau Movement’ of  the  1920’s, Le  Mau fuses  traditional  Samoan  song  and  dance  with  movement  from Tonga,   Tokelau,   and   other   dance   genres, fused together by a core of live music played on traditional  instruments and sharing universal tones of the strength and resiliency of Pacific people.

     


     
    In addition to the evening performances, the Festival is inviting schools in South Auckland to attend free matinees of four of the works, TiaKeeping the FaithLe Mau and Aumaga as part of their commitment to nurture and support the stories of young Pasifika people.

     


     
    Showcasing the diversity and joy of the world of Pacific Dance, audiences will be delighted with the programme on offer in the home of Auckland’s Pacific culture. With last year’s performances being noted as having “immense potential” (Theatreview) and “breaking down of stereotypes of what can be labelled ‘Pacific Dance’” (DANZ), tickets will be snapped up so get in quick.

     

     

    More information about the Pacific Dance Festival 2017 can be found at www.pacificdance.co.nz

     

     

    PACIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL 2017
    Dates: Thursday 15 – Sat 24 June
    Venue: Mangere Arts Centre
    Tickets:
    Children – $12.00 per ticket
    Unwaged and student $20.00 per ticket
    Adult – $25.00 per ticket
    Polypass (4 shows) – $75.00
     

     

    Wahine Toa featuring Tai Akaki, Ave, West Meet South, and Found Words – Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June
    Nu’u – Saturday 17th June
    Tamatoa featuring Muamua, Keeping the Faith, Fa’aafa, Mea Tau, and Tu Move – Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June
    Double Bill: Aumaga and Le Mau – Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June
     

     

    For media enquiries please contact:
    Bex Martelletti at Elephant Publicity
    09 368 4180 | 027 528 6839 | bex@elephantpublicity.co.nz

    Appeared originally as a Media Release, find here.

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