Tempo announces full breakthrough Dance line-up for 2019

Written by on August 14, 2019

Tempo launches its full 2019 programme hot off the heels of nearly sold out shows for Parris Goebel and Sau e Siva! Tempo will bring Auckland City to life from the 2nd – 12th October with 60 vibrant breakthrough dance works.

“When I share in kōrero about Tempo, I am most inspired to speak of the cultural intersectionality it has achieved through its simple kaupapa of being a ‘pan-genre’ dance festival. Tempo tells a vivid and authentic story of who the people of Aotearoa are, and showcases the different ways our people use their bodies creatively to express their lived experiences. I am proud that Tempo will continue to hold space for dance diversity in the years to come, which we are lucky to have in Aotearoa as a result of our dynamic cultural scape. Dance means so many different things to so many people, and therein lies its shape-shifting magical powers.”

Those who know the festival well may notice changes made to some of the familiar.

Tempo-curated programmes, in particular, the absence of Y-Chromosome and The Honouring Ceremony. Both of these occasions are loved and celebrated by many; if you are one of those that take delight in these programmes please know that we are simply pressing pause while we work to ensure they each meet our sector’s high standards of cultural and gender equity. Fresh is still in there too! It’s hiding behind the new title Bloom. We are also thrilled to present the shared programmes Secondary Colours for high school dancers, Tertiary Improvisation Showcase for students studying tertiary-level dance, and Boom Boom Room, our official festival closing party that features over 20 live performers and musicians!” says Artistic Director, Cat Ruka.

All Q Theatre shows are on presale for 10 days from Monday 12th August – Wednesday 21st September.

Head over to tempo.co.nz to view the full programme and book tickets and follow them on Facebook.

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