Pacific Dance Festival 2017
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 08:00 pm
Sat 24 Jun 2017, 08:00 pm
Dance, Pasifika, Performing Arts,
Mangere Arts Centre
Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive
$12-$25 / $75 (4 shows)
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.
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.
Pacific Dance Festival 2017 Program
(All shows start 8pm)
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June 2017 - WAHINE TOA
Featuring: 'Tai Akaki' by Tepaeru–Ariki Lulu French, 'Ave' by Ufitia Sagapolute, 'West Meet South' by Losalia Milika Pusiaki, and "Found Words" by Julia Mage'au Gray
Saturday 17 June 2017 - World Premier of 'Nu’u' - An Urban Pacific Story
Featuring: Freshmans Crew
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June 2017 - TAMATOA
Featuring: "Muamua and Keeping the Faith" by Joash Fahitua, "Fa’aafa" by Pati Tyrell, "Mea Tau" by Elijah Kennar, and "Tu Move" by the New Zealand School of Dance.
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June 2017 - ‘DOUBLE BILL'
Featuring: 'Aumaga' by Le Moana and 'Le Mau' by Jasmine Leota’
Tickets for the Polypac pack includes tickets for each of the four different shows on various nights at your discretion:
- Wahine Toa Nights - featuring our female artists
- World Premier of Nu’u –featuring Freshmans Crew
- Tamatoa Nights - featuring our male artists
- Double Bill featuring Le Moana and Jasmine Leota
Running alongside the dance festival will also be an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes not to be missed. Get in and book today.