This year’s theme for the choreographic lab (and fono) is: How can we take traditional Pacific dance forms and open up the poetry of their content in a theatrical setting?
Pacific Dance New Zealand is proud to announce the three choreographic lab choreographers for this year (2010):
- John Purcell Puleitu (Ghost Street Urban Contemporary Dance Movement)
- Charlene Tedrow (Ura Tabu)
- Aruna Po-Ching (Pasifika Sway, Polynesian Dance Theatre Company)
John Purcell Puleitu is a visual artist as well as the director of Ghost Street Urban Contemporary Dance Movement and winner of last year’s Most Innovative Choreography award at the Tempo New Zealand Festival of Dance Awards.
Charene Tedrow is the director and head choreographer of Ura Tabu Dance Company and has had a range of experience across the dance spectrum; including dancing in various music videos for Dawn Raid Entertainment, choreographing theatre productions and running dance workshops. She is a performing arts graduate from Auckland University with a major in dance and has been contributing to the Pacific Dance scene for a number of years.
Aruna Po-Ching has been a figure in Pacific theatre and dance circles for many years. She was part of the original Pacific Theatre Company, which was the breeding ground for many of today’s stella Pacific talent on screen and theatre. Since then, Aruna has had a number of theatrical, film, television and dance appearances. Today, she runs her own dance company (Pasifika Sway) and specializes in teaching and performing Hawaiian hula.
Through the choreographic lab, these talented Pacific choreographers will develop works around a conceptual theme culminating in a public performance at the newly opened Mangere Arts Centre - NgÄÂÂ Tohu o Uenuku at the end of the fono on the 30th October at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
2010 Partners: Dance Aotearoa NZ (DANZ), Manukau City Council, Pacific Islands Dance Forum and Creative NZ