Returning in 2017 after a hugely successful debut last year, theÂ Pacific Dance FestivalÂ will launch an all new programme, running 15â€“24 June at Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland. Born out of theÂ Pacific Dance Choreographic LaboratoryÂ (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 byÂ Pacific Dance New ZealandÂ has expanded over two weeks, presenting a programme that embraces contemporary Pacific dance in the most populous Polynesian city in the world.
â€œThe festival is New Zealandâ€™s only contemporary Pacific dance festival of its type and showcases some of the countryâ€™s most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers,â€Â says festival director Iosefa Enari.Â â€œIt is also a wonderful opportunity for audiences to familiarise themselves with the incredible diversity of performance out there.â€
The first week of the festival will presentÂ Wahine ToaÂ over two nights, a collection of four works by female choreographers in a celebration of the strength and diversity of Pasifika women:Â Tai AkakiÂ by Tepaeruâ€“Ariki Lulu French,Â AveÂ by Ufitia Sagapolute,Â West Meet SouthÂ by Losalia Milika Pusiaki, andÂ Found WordsÂ by Julia Mage’au Gray. The week will conclude with the debut performance of the highly anticipatedÂ Nuâ€™uÂ 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.Â Nuâ€™uÂ will debut at theÂ Pacific Dance FestivalÂ 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, presentingÂ TamatoaÂ and consisting of five original works:Â MuamuaÂ andÂ Keeping the FaithÂ by Joash Fahitua,Â Faâ€™aafaÂ by Pati Tyrell,Â Mea TauÂ by Elijah Kennar, andÂ Tu MoveÂ by the New Zealand School of Dance. Closing the festival is a huge double bill performance ofÂ AumagaÂ by Le Moana andÂ Le MauÂ by Jasmine Leota, showing on Friday 23rdÂ and Saturday 24thÂ June.Â AumagaÂ explores the spaces inhabited by the â€˜untitledâ€™ men of Samoan villages, their day to day activities, and their service to family and culture. Â Inspired by the â€˜Mau Movementâ€™ ofÂ theÂ 1920â€™s,Â LeÂ MauÂ fusesÂ traditionalÂ SamoanÂ songÂ andÂ danceÂ withÂ movementÂ from Tonga,Â Â Tokelau,Â Â andÂ Â otherÂ Â danceÂ Â genres, fused together by a core of live music played on traditionalÂ 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,Â Tia,Â Keeping the Faith,Â Le MauÂ andÂ AumagaÂ 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 Aucklandâ€™s Pacific culture. With last yearâ€™s performances being noted as having â€œimmense potentialâ€ (Theatreview) and â€œbreaking down of stereotypes of what can be labelled â€˜Pacific Danceâ€™â€ (DANZ), tickets will be snapped up so get in quick.
More information about the Pacific Dance Festival 2017 can be found atÂ www.pacificdance.co.nz
PACIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL 2017
Dates: Thursday 15 â€“ Sat 24 June
Venue: Mangere Arts Centre
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 â€“ Thursday 15thÂ and Friday 16thÂ June
Nuâ€™u â€“ Saturday 17thÂ June
Tamatoa featuring Muamua, Keeping the Faith, Faâ€™aafa, Mea Tau, and Tu Move â€“ Wednesday 21stÂ and Thursday 22ndÂ June
Double Bill: Aumaga and Le Mau â€“ Friday 23rdÂ and Saturday 24thÂ June
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