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Pacific Dance Festival 2019



Wed 05 Jun 2019, 12:00 am


Sun 23 Jun 2019, 11:00 pm


Various Venues


Dance, Pasifika, Festivals Arts,

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Acclaimed and accomplished Pacific dance artists take the floor in the fourth rendition of the Pacific Dance Festival bringing a moving feast of entertaining and thought-provoking theatre, workshops, screenings, choreographic labs and more.  The festival in June is bigger than ever and is an opportunity for audiences to experience the varied and outstanding work of Pacific artistic spirit Auckland Tamaki Makaurau has to offer. Taking place in venues across Auckland, in 2019, for the first time, the festival will launch and premiere at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in central Auckland.

‘LEECHES’ [Friday 7th June 2019] will headline the festival and its premiere at the ASB Waterfront Theatre will be a tour de force of Pacific contemporary dance featuring lead choreography by Aloalii Tapu along with a collective of eight award-winning and internationally acclaimed dancers in a full-length work; Braedyn Humphries, Connor ‘Ooshcon’ Masseurs, Jahra ’Rager’ Wasasala, Taniora Motutere, Sione Fataua, Elijah Kennar and Faith Schuster.

The festival programme continues with the following full-length showcases at Mangere Arts Centre:

  • ‘Maui’ Saturday 15 June 2019, 7-8pm award-winning Nesian-hip-hop fusion dance at the recent Auckland Fringe Festival by Hadleigh Pouesi and Freshmans Crew.

  • ‘Moana’ Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June 2019 7-9pm, returns with a diverse line-up featuring ‘Lalo’ by Ankaramy Fepuleai, ’Stolen Stories’ by FAF SWAG artist Manoa Teaiwa, ‘Ave Ese’ by Tofifailauga Misa, Lyncia Muller and the New Zealand School of Dance.

  • A triple-bill show Friday 14 June 2019, 8-9pm featuring Tia Sagapolutele, Laifa Ta’alaandAue DanceCompany.

  • ‘Siva Mai’ Sunday 23 June, 5 pm an expression of modern Samoan identity through music and dance by composer Opeloge Ah Sam.

  • ‘Kapu Akari’ Saturday 22 June 2019 – 8-9pm by Aue Dance Company, a fusion of two award-winning dance works ‘Opaque’ and ‘Reka’.

The festival will give dance enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in free public workshops featuring Le Taupou Manaia at the Grey Lynn Community Centre and Tahiti ia Ora at Te Oro Arts Centre in Glen Innes.

The opportunity to get inside the creative process and taste the works on display in the festival will be had at the Auckland Art Gallery with free open rehearsals during the course of the month.

The Artist in Residence programme has been a feature on the Pacific dance calendar for the past nine years. Now, as part of the festival, it offers senior dance artists the chance to work with the local communities and this year Auckland is in for a treat. We are thrilled to announce this year’s artists are Fijian based dance troupe Rako Pasefika.  Fresh from Blues Fest Byron Bay, creative associate; Samuela Konusi Taukave will be joined by company dancers Emily Marie and Iane Tavo. The residency will commence in May as part of the New Zealand Rotuman Language Week and run through the June festival.

In its 10thYear the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab provides New Zealand based Pacific dance artists and choreographers the opportunity to develop an original dance work. During the festival, the choreographer is Tupe Lualua of Porirua, Wellington who will workshop her new work with Auckland based female dancers.

Following the popular Pacific Dance on Screen at the 2018 festival, this year in association with the Auckland Art Gallery, another fabulous collection of original Pacific dance films will be on show at the Auckland Art Gallery on Sunday 23rdJune.

A range of dance and professional development talks will also take place in locations around Auckland, so keep a look-out for one near you.

Auckland continues to lead the global Pacific arts scene and the Pacific Dance Festival is a real-life opportunity to experience innovatively unique expressions and themes through dance.

The Pacific Dance Festival for 2019 has something for everyone and will be an interactive and indeed a thought-provoking showcase for the Auckland June winter.

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