World champions, NZ Dance Royalty and some of the highest calibre choreographers come together to display the diverse genre of dance for Auckland over the first few weeks of October (4th-16th October) in the Tempo Dance Festival 2016. The 2016 programme displays both Oceania and New Zealand’s contemporary dance history through workshops, events and post show forums at the festival hub Q Theatre.

Free Events

The Scenic View will have Cat Ruka and MIT students who will aim to affirm queer Pacific identities through Vogue dance. Their bold public statement will see the performers take over Q Lounge and the Loft windows over several nights.

In partnership with Tempo, DANZ is proud to present the How to Hustle seminar programme – a platform to help dancers realise their career in the dance industry. Industry experts will share their thoughts and experiences, provide summaries of the most important elements to remember and resources with a Q&A to follow.

Other events include The Honouring: Lyne Pringle, a celebration of an individual who has made a significant contribution to dance in her 30 years of working as a dance/theatre artist, choreographer and teacher. There will also be a series of Tempo Talks in the Q Lounge with some of New Zealand’s leading researchers in the field of dance, movement, wellness and mindfulness.

Ticketed Events

Michael Parmenter, one of NZ’s most revered choreographers remounts his incredible 1985 duet Insolent River: A TangoFresh will present a line-up of gripping work from emerging choreographers and Taumata – Four New Works is a line-up of stunning and powerful new pieces by four of New Zealand’s leading choreographers, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Loughlan Prior.

The Pacific community also takes centre stage in two distinct shows for Tempo. Displaying incredible work, VOU Dance Fiji perform their striking new production VU for one night only. Choreographed by Kiwi firebrand Vivian Aue, VU (‘ancient god’) is a taboo movement in response to the ancestral protectors from Fiji’s “heathen” roots. Inspired by the works presented at the Pacific Dance Festival earlier this year, SIVA Niu Sila is artistic director Carrie Rae Cunningham’s curated pacific showcase featuring choreography from Jahra Rager, Nikki Upoko, Tupua Tigafua and Katerina Fatupaito.

Malia Johnston’s Miniatures is a lyrical creation looking at boundaries, constraints and the small things in life. She also directs Meremere, the incredible autobiographical performance of integrated dancer Rodney Bell. Of Ngati Maniapoto descent, Bell, layers mediums with dance to tell his life story, which has seen him pursuing an integrated dance career on the international stage.

A major highlight, Out of the Box features work from our finest hip hop crews, including members of the World Hip Hop Championship winners Identity Co. For something a little different, the exploration of pure movement in Josie & Kosta’s Dance Show, the colourful feminist work Hākari: The Dinner Party or the option of engaging with traditional Indian dance in Sringaram – Dance of Love might be more up your alley. Hot favourites return with a slick and funky All That… Jazz showcase,  Alchemy and many more.

Be sure to get in quick, tickets are selling fast and seats are limited!


Tempo Dance Festival

Date: 4th-16th October
Ticket Prices: $10-$60, some events are FREE
Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland

Bookings: or (ph) 09 309 9771


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