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Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2015 Showing

The Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab is in full-swing and our choreographers are working hard at developing their new and original works (which you can read about below). 

The public is welcome to attend a showing of what they have developed on:

Friday, 6th November at Corban Estate Arts Centre at 7pm in Opanuku Studio.

This showing will mark the end of a process in which the three selected choreographers have worked with Pacific Dance NZ and their selected mentors during the creation process.

It should be an exciting experience to see what they have created.

For any enquiries about the lab or the showing, please contact auckland@pacificdance.co.nz or call 09 376 00 60.

See below for more.

Announcement: 2015 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab selected

Pacific Dance New Zealand is proud to announce the selection of three exciting choreographers in the 2015 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2015 challenge. They are – Hadleigh Pouesi, Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala and Albert 'Bux' Fale.

The choreographers will be given space and time to work on new Pacific dance works concluding in a showing at Corban Estate Arts Centre in late-October. They will also receive mentoring from Tupe Lualua (Director of Le Moana) and award winning spoken word artist Teuila Grace Taylor.

The 2015 selection was made by a selection panel including Dr. Marianne Schultz (DANZ), Olivia Taouma (Auckland Council) and Justin Haiu (Pacific Islands Dance Fono).

Pacific Dance NZ Director Sefa Enari commented on the calibre of the choreographers,

“The different dance styles and cultural make up of this years choreographers reflect the diversity of Pacific people in Aotearoa and their individual dance practices. From traditional Pacific to contemporary dance expressions, we have it all this year which makes for another really exciting lab. The role of Pacific Dance NZ is to support the artists in the early stages of their career through the lab.”

The annual Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab is now in its seventh year and the three current selected choreographers join an alumni of some well-known names in the New Zealand dance arena: Justin Haiu, Charlene Tedrow, Aruna Po-Ching, Tupua Tigafua, Nita Latu, Leki Bourke and Katerina Fatupaito to name a few.

Hadleigh Pouesi (Freshman's Dance Crew)

Samoan/Maori/Pakeha

Hadleigh has been a name in Aotearoa's hip hop dance scene for a number of years. Starting in the genre at high school, in 2007 Hadleigh started his own crew – Sweet & Sour – which took out Aotearoa's first ever gold medal at the HHI World Championships in 2008. Hadleigh has been involved in a number of award winning crews since, most notably Fresh Movement Dance Company, of which he is the founding director.

For the choreographic lab Hadleigh wishes to explore more diversity in his dance expression by developing his Pacific dance repertoire. He has been working on a full-length show called 'The Station' and through the choreo lab hopes to develop authentic Pacific movements to incorporate into this larger work.

The sub-piece for the choreographic lab has a working title 'Tall Poppy' and explores the concept of the tall poppy syndrome in the performing arts.

Hadleigh will work with his newly formed group Freshman's Dance Crew under the mentorship of Tupe Lualua.

Jahra 'Rager' Wasasala

Fijian/Pakeha

Jahra is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. She is a graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, and since graduating in 2012/2013 has made her mark on the Auckland dance and spoken word scene; her latest show Mother/Jaw attracting much acclaim and winning five awards at the Auckland Fringe Festival 2015 (securing her a season at the Herald Theatre in 2016).

The working title for Jahra's choreographic lab work is – 'Blood/d/runk' – an exploration of the tensions between mediums such as spoken word and dance, the role of women in contemporary dance, the polarisation of body perception between Western/global ideologies and the relationship young Pacific women have with their bodies; and the mother nature affiliation between the female, Earth and rituals of connection. In this context women of colour reflect the state of the world.

Blood/d/runk is a solo piece in which Jahra will work with Teuila Grace Taylor to develop a multi-disciplined presentation incorporating dance, spoken word, visual art and sound.

Albert 'Bux' Fale (Bux Squared)

Samoan

Albert has been a successful tutor of Samoan dance for high schools presenting for the ASB Polyfest dance competition over a number of years. He has branched out into other styles of dance since and has been involved in the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab before as a dancer. Now Albert has the opportunity to spread his wings in this dance/theatre setting as a choreographer.

Albert's piece for the choreographic lab is called 'Le Fa'avae', a familiar term for many Samoans as it means 'The Foundation' and is reminiscent of the Samoan proverb - “Lau o le Fiso, Lau o le Tolo, e ala e tasi ae mauga e Olo” meaning; “There are many Pathways that will lead to the same Foundation.”

This piece is an exploration of Samoan culture through dance. From siapo (tapa cloth) making, to traditional oratory presented as poetry, to ritual movements of the tufuga ta tatau (master tattooist), to concepts of cultural fusion and the influence of the church.

Albert's piece features the dancing talent of: Natalie Toevai Maulolo, Byron Faaui, Atapana Meleisea, Albert Tupuola and Albert Fale.

Check the Pacific Dance website for more information and updates about the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory 2015 and Facebook at – facebook.com/pages/Pacific-Dance-Choreographic-Lab

For general enquiries about the choreo lab, contact auckland@pacificdance.co.nz ph: +64 9 376 00 60

For media enquiries about the choreo lab, contact marketing@pacificdance.co.nz ph: +64 22 123 1050

The Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory 2015 is made possible with the support of:

Choreolab 2015

Now in its seventh year, the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab will again showcase some of Pacific Dance's up and coming talent. Previous years have seen a range of choreographers from different styles and backgrounds show their stuff and 2015 promises more of the same.

The Choreolab is a development space where choreographers are given the opportunity to work on a dance idea or story and bring it to life with the guidance of a senior dance mentor and the team at Pacific Dance NZ.

It is a space in which 3 selected choreographers each year have delved into their imaginations and created works often surprising and cutting edge - and all within an intensive creative period.

Call out for Expressions of Interest

Pacific Dance New Zealand now invites New Zealand based Pacific Islands choreographers and dancers to apply for the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2015.

Choreographers are requested to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to the Pacific Dance Choreographic Selection Committee 2015 no later than 5pm, Friday 7th August 2015.

To qualify for this project, choreographers must present a proposal that will include:

• A CV with references

• the concept (what is your dance about?)

• the intended length of the work

• how many dancers (a solo, duet, trio etc)?

All applicants must be of Pacific Islands descent, be an emerging to mid-career choreographer, demonstrate in their submission that they will be able to complete the choreographic lab and submit a new work that has not been performed previously. Choreographers must also be available to develop their works between August and October ready for a performance showing - although times and dates of rehearsals can be negotiated.

The three choreographers selected for the choreographic lab will have the opportunity to develop their works with mentorship and support from PDNZ. They will also receive a stipend to assist during the period of development and have publicity and promotional opportunities. The lab will also end in a public performance where choreographers and dancers will have the opportunity to work in a professional theatre setting. 

Each work will be presented at the closing night of the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2015 to be held at the Corban Estate Arts Centre during October.

Expression of Interest forms along with your CV are to be sent to auckland@pacificdance.co.nz

If you would like more information or would like to chat to us further call 09 376 00 60.

The choreographers will be given space and time to work on new Pacific dance works concluding in a showing at Corban Estate Arts Centre in late-October. They will also receive mentoring from Tupe Lualua (Director of Le Moana) and award winning spoken word artist Teuila Grace Taylor.

 

The 2015 selection was made by a selection panel including Dr. Marianne Schultz (DANZ), Olivia Taouma (Auckland Council) and Justin Haiu (Pacific Islands Dance Fono).

 

Pacific Dance NZ Director Sefa Enari commented on the calibre of the choreographers,

 

The different dance styles and cultural make up of this years choreographers reflect the diversity of Pacific people in Aotearoa and their individual dance practices. From traditional Pacific to contemporary dance expressions, we have it all this year which makes for another really exciting lab. The role of Pacific Dance NZ is to support the artists in the early stages of their career through the lab.”

 

The annual Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab is now in its seventh year and the three current selected choreographers join an alumni of some well-known names in the New Zealand dance arena: Justin Haiu, Charlene Tedrow, Aruna Po-Ching, Tupua Tigafua, Nita Latu, Leki Bourke and Katerina Fatupaito to name a few.