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PACIFIC DANCE NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCES
DIGITALLY-FOCUSED FESTIVAL PROGRAMME FOR 2022

Pacific Dance New Zealand is excited to announce its festival line-up for 2022 featuring a combination of digital, virtual, and in-person shows and workshops. The program is packed with options, giving audiences the freedom to pick-n-choose what they would like to see and do in 2022. The safety of audiences remains of utmost importance, as is ensuring that artists are maximizing opportunities to perform and share their creative works while utilizing immersive technologies during the pandemic.

Pacific Dance New Zealand will launch their action-packed 2022 festival season with a revamped website and their very own dedicated festival channel on Wednesday 15th June. The festival channel will operate as a pay-per-view platform for audiences to subscribe to for a nominal fee of $5 to view all 2022 festival works. Channel content will be made available for subscribers from Monday 11th July and fresh new works will be added weekly through to the 31st of July. Festival favourites, such as live in-person workshops and Dance OnScreen will still go ahead during the festival, giving audiences the chance to come out, engage and have some fun on the weekends.

A new addition to the line-up will be Festival Talanoa dance talks, which will feature some artists as well as heritage masters: Molia Alama-Tulafono of Tuvalu, Alipate Traill of Fiji and the Tupumaiaga A Niue Trust. Included in this is a new collaboration with Dutch podcaster T-Zer of Dance Specific Talks who will host our intern Leki Jackson-Bourke and producer Kasi Valu.

The popular MĀUI showcase by Freshmans Dance Crew will show in collaboration with Auckland Live during Matariki celebrations and will include school matinées and a one-night only public-performance on Thursday 23rd June at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre.

Pacific Dance New Zealand Director Iosefa Enari MNZM says “Tena koutou. The arts community in Aotearoa have been through a tough two years, with many shows being cancelled and reshuffled as levels and settings changed. COVID created an uncertain future and as we begin to return a sense of ‘normality’ I am thrilled that we are able to offer our artists space to re-present. This years line up is eclectic and diverse. It represents Pacific Dance post-COVID. It is confident, current and courageous. The shift to the digital platform has been a new era for the festival. This shift opens our reach to a global market and we welcome all our new followers to our shores. Enjoy this year’s line up.

The festival channel will feature the following works:

  • Shifting Centre produced by Le Moana and Kasi Valu featuring works from Oto Lupo and Sefa Tunupopo
  • Shel We? the film by award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua
  • MOANA featuring, Desiree Soo-ChoonAnton PulefaleKeesha KingLosaline Tupou, ‘Leaf’ Laifa Ta’ala and Toa Paranihi and Brydie Colquhoun from The New Zealand School of Dance,
  • Concrete Bloom by Aloali’i Tapu & Manurewa High School
  • New Dawn by Sisi’uno Helu

Pacific Dance OnScreen featuring:

  • Walk With Meby Joshua Faletua and Tyler Carney-Faletua of Threading Frames on Sunday 24th July 3-5pm at the Academy Cinema, Tickets $15pp will be available at Pacific Dance Festival’s website from the 15th of June.

Our FREE festival community workshops:

  • On Saturday 9thJuly 11am, IAMMD (I Am My Mothers Daughter) with Viva-Leah Palalagi-Eleson
  • On Saturday 16th &  23rdJuly 3-5pm, Kuki Airani and Ei Katu with Aunty Kura Taruia

Tickets for the MĀUI evening show will go on sale to the public on 19th May 2022 and will be available at Ticketmaster.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook (@Pacificdancenz) and Instagram (@pacificdance_nz) for updates and front row seats into the creative experience of our artists before their full works are made available.

The Pacific Dance Festival for 2022 has been a moving feast and the team invite audiences to enjoy it in a way that will suit you. Whether it be at home or as a combo with our in-person events, it is up to you. Engage in one or more, or up-size and enjoy all the entertainment on offer from our very own Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists before they fly the coop!

MĀUI

Tickets for the MĀUI evening show will go on sale to the public on 19th May 2022 and will be available at Ticketmaster.

Follow our social media feeds on Facebook (@Pacificdancenz) and Instagram (@pacificdance_nz) for updates and front row seats into the creative experience of our artists before their full works are made available.

PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME

Wednesday 22nd June, 6pm-7pm, Online
Festival launch and festival channel GO-LIVE followed by short snippets of works from the festival programme.

Matinée performances Thursday 23rd June, 11.00am, 1.00pm;
Evening Show 7pm, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Hadleigh Pouesi & Fresh Movement with Auckland Live
MĀUI is a piece that uses dance, music and physical theatre to tell the stories that we grew up with and have traveled throughout the Pacific for hundreds of years

Wednesday 29th June, 7pm – 8pm, Online
MOANA Showcase Artists
Desiree Soo-ChoonLosaline TupouLaifa Ta’alaAnton PulefaleKeesha King and Toa Paranihi and Brydie Colquhoun from New Zealand School of Dance

Wednesday 6th July, 7pm – 8pm, Online
Heritage Masters hosted by Iosefa Enari MNZM
Molia Alama TulafonoAlipate TraillTupumaiaga A Niue Trust

Wednesday 13th July, 7pm – 8pm, Online
Dance Specific Talks, Netherlands
Leki Jackson-BourkeKasi Valu

Premiere: Monday 11th July, 8pm
Produced by Le MoanaKasi Valu
Directors: Oto LupoSefa Tunupopo
Shifting Centre is an exploration of what Aotearoa would look like if Pacific Peoples were at the centre of the narrative in all facets of society. First developed in Le Moana’s Measina Makers LAB 2021, the dance film merges street and contemporary dance to highlight the intrinsic excellence imbued within our Pasifika communities.

Premiere: Monday 11th July, 8pm
A work featuring the talented Daniel Mateo, an Aboriginal-Tongan from Wiradjuri country (NSW, Australia), and a performer with Bangarra Dance Theatre

Premiere: Monday 18th July, 8pm
An invitation from Tupua Tigafua
Inspired by the works of renowned American writer and lyricist Shel Silverstein who wrote iconic ballads such as Sylvia’s Mother for Doctor Hook and A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash. Shel’s off-beat style and brilliant use of metaphorical imagery in his poetry and illustrations are what inspires Tigafua’s choreography – ultimately delivering a tribute to his parents, his family and the environment that has inspired him over the years.

Premiere: Monday 18th July, 8pm
A collection of short works by emerging dance artists Desiree Soo-ChoonLosaline TupouLaifa Ta’alaAnton PulefaleKeesha King and Toa Paranihi and Brydie Colquhoun from New Zealand School of Dance

Sunday 24th July 3pm-5pm, The Academy Cinema
Walk with me by Joshua Faletua and Tyler Carney-Faletua of Threading Frames

Premiere: Saturday 30th July, 8pm
Aloali’i Tapu’s residency results in a work choreographed with friends and performed by the high schools students. Their art work includes designing the stage, film, dance and visual art.

IAMMD – I Am My Mothers Daughter with Viva-Leah Palalagi-Elesoni
Saturday 9th July, 11am, Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

URA KUKI AIRANI & EI KATU DANCE WORKSHOP

Saturday 16TH & 23RD  July, 3pm – 5pm

Dance FONO

The Pacific Dance Fono is an annual event delivered in partnership with Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ).

Education

Pacific Dance NZ offers a range of teaching and tutoring services for schools. Our experienced tutors are available to teach anyone or a combination of different Pacific dance styles

Festivals

Pacific Dance New Zealand is excited to announce an impressive eclectic line-up for the 2021 Pacific Dance Festival to be held across Tamaki Makarau in different venues.

Residence

The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence program is an exciting dance residency offered to an established dancer, choreographer, or director of Pacific Islands

Dance FONO

The Pacific Dance Fono is an annual event delivered in partnership with Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ).

Education

Pacific Dance NZ offers a range of teaching and tutoring services for schools. Our experienced tutors are available to teach anyone or a combination of different Pacific dance styles

Festivals

Pacific Dance New Zealand is excited to announce an impressive eclectic line-up for the 2021 Pacific Dance Festival to be held across Tamaki Makarau in different venues.

Residence

The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence program is an exciting dance residency offered to an established dancer, choreographer, or director of Pacific Islands

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Thursday 23rd June – Sunday 31st July