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December 2021

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Tuvalu Language Week: Sunday 26th September – 2nd October. On Thursday 30th September 2021 at 6pm we will share with our audiences a short piece that documents the journey of our 2020 Artist in Residence Molia Alama-Tulafono from Tuvalu. ‘We tell our stories through the art of dancing, and we empower our young people to embrace their language, culture and heritage.  We develop creative, confident and resilient leaders through the art of dance and costume making. The vision is to continue to invest in our cultural dance practices and progress into prominent leadership to identify and address issues and be a beacon of light for

Just for YOU…. #PACIFICDANCENZMOVEMENT Pacific Dance NZ have embarked on a journey of setting world records with our traditional dances.  Earlier this month during Fiji Language Week we set a world first record with having over 350 people online performing a contemporary ‘Meke’ with our Artist in Residence 2021, Alipate Traill.The response to the online ‘Meke’ was overwhelming given that we had people joining in from Europe and the USA to participate.  There was a dance collective from Laie, Hawaii online dancing as well as the Te Mana Performing Arts Academy from West Auckland leading the dance. We will attempt to better that

Expressions of Interest Pacific Dance NZ invites Expressions of Interest from dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and costume designers who wish to take part in the Pacific Dance Festival 2022 season which will be held in Auckland and regionally. The festival is an exciting opportunity to be part of a unique dance event showcasing and promoting contemporary Pacific dance and film in Aotearoa. Pacific Dance NZ plans to offer exciting performance works for the 2022 season of the festival and is proud to offer this opportunity to Pacific dance practitioners. The 2022 festival has been funded by Creative New Zealand to support Pacific dancers and

The Pacific Dance NZ (PDNZ) annual Choreographic Lab for 2021 forges ahead during COVID-19 alert levels, where the desire to connect with bubbles and live audiences can only be realised virtually.   In our 12th annual Choreographic Lab we are committed to continuing to provide an authentic springboard for our emerging – mid career Pacific artists where they can research, explore and develop their vision and ideas for their next works with a supported mentorship programme.  Our 2021 cohort of choreographers are: Tupe Lualua (CNZ Contemporary Pacific Artist Award 2021), Desiree Soo-Choon and Anton Pulefale.  Our artists represent a diverse creative community here in Aotearoa who

After a year-long hiatus due to Covid-19, the festival was back with a bang this year. In a first for the festival and a first for a Cook Islander designer, the Te Pō fashion show embodied modern Pacific evening wear, avant-garde style. Around 200 people gathered at Auckland War Memorial Museum to witness the spectacle that was the Te Pō fashion show, which also featured Pasifika dance, all choreographed by Hosking-Aue himself. Te Pō means “the night” in Cook Island and Māori language, and this fashion show was all about that; evening wear glamour. Hosking-Aue described his new collection as “really couture, really outrageous