Introducing the 2023 Pacific Dance NZ Artist in Residence Programme (Samoa) featuring Villa Junior Lemanu Pacific Dance NZ is excited to announce our 2023 Artist in Residence programme on the Beautiful Island of Samoa. And trust us when we say, it's going to be a game-changer! The Artist in Residence programme is a treasured gem in the Pacific Dance NZ annual calendar. For years, we've celebrated the beauty and diversity of Pacific dance and culture right here in Aotearoa New Zealand. But this year, we're raising the bar, and we couldn't be more excited about it! Say 'Talofa' to the evolution
Are you a Pacific artist with a burning desire to showcase your talent on a grand stage? Look no further! Pacific Dance NZ is thrilled to announce the open call for expressions of interest for the highly anticipated 2024 Pacific Dance NZ Festival. Whether you're a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, or any other form of creative expressionist, this is your chance to shine and share your unique Pacific heritage with a captivated audience. Join us as we celebrate the richness and diversity of Pacific dance and culture. Get ready to leave an indelible mark at the most vibrant dance festival in
Celebrating Exceptional Talent: Pacific Dance Festival Announces Inaugural Director's Choice Awards The Pacific Dance Festival, a renowned platform for showcasing Pacific dance in Aotearoa, announces its inaugural Director's Choice Awards recipient. This esteemed accolade aims to honour exceptional achievements and contributions to the Pacific dance community. The highly talented John "Happy Feet" Vaifale has been recognised as this year's recipient, highlighting his captivating performances and artistic vision that have captivated audiences worldwide. A Rising Star: John Vaifale a.k.a Happy Feet John 'Happy Feet' Vaifale has proven himself to be an extraordinary talent, captivating the hearts and attention of audiences with his exceptional dance
In the world of fashion, unexpected pairings often result in the most captivating creations. Beau Louis Takapu, known for his unique and boundary-pushing designs, has joined forces with the Feohianga Alonga 'ia Kalaisi Trust, a group deeply rooted in Tongan heritage and the practice of Faikava. This collaboration not only pushes the boundaries of fashion but also celebrates the diverse cultural tapestry that weaves our society together.
The Pacific Dance NZ Festival season in Auckland this June is set to be an extraordinary event that brings together diverse dance workshops, highlighting the intersection of traditional indigenous practices with contemporary movement styles. Among the featured workshops, KARUL Projects from Australia, the Samoan Performing Arts Centre of Excellence (S.P.A.C.E) from Apia, Samoa, and Aunty Kura's URA dance workshop promise to offer unique and inspiring experiences for dance enthusiasts, students, artists, and choreographers alike. Image Courtesy of KARUL Projects. Thomas E.S. Kelly KARUL Projects: Exploring the Fusion of Indigenous Dance and Contemporary Movement Led by Thomas E.S. Kelly, a celebrated artist, and
Pacific Dance NZ Festival Showcases MOANA 23: A Night of Spectacular Dance Performances The highly anticipated Pacific Dance NZ Festival is proud to present MOANA ‘23, an extraordinary showcase featuring an exceptional lineup of talented artists and the esteemed Choreographic Lab Cohort for 2023. This one-night-only event will take place in the Rangatira at Q Theatre, captivating audiences with its dynamic fusion of culture, innovation, and artistic expression. The MOANA 23 showcase will transport the audience on a journey through diverse styles and narratives, celebrating the vibrant dance traditions of the Pacific. From contemporary movements to traditional choreography, the performances promise to
Twilight Tuesdays at the Auckland War Memorial Museum is about to get 'mafana' under the kava bowl in the Te Ao Mārama South Atrium with a Tongan haute couture showcase on June 13th. The 2023 Pacific Dance NZ Festival has again added a fashion show to its line-up with United States born, San Francisco raised and educated Tongan designer Beau Louis Takapu. Beau Takapu has made New Zealand home and has worked for WORLD brand before he became a contestant on Project Runway New Zealand. This show debuted on NZ television screens in late 2018 as an adaption of the American
"KO AU" Disconnected by Auckland based Hip Hop and Street Dance collective Projekt Team is set to hit the big stage at Auckland's Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre as part of the 2023 Pacific Dance Festival. We are currently offering a free Secondary School's Matinee show (11am). This one-off performance is locked & loaded for Thursday 4th of May. If you are interested in booking tickets for your school to attend, please book through with your school name & how many student / staff tickets you require. Tickets are free, but seats are filling quite fast so get in quick! Email : email@example.com SHOW DETAILS: Pacific Dance Festival 2023 and Auckland Live present: Ko Au - Disconnected by Projekt
Dance OnScreen FREE Event Sunday 11th June 2023, 2pm - 4pm AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TĀMAKI We are inviting you to venture into Auckland City during our festival to participate in our FREE workshops, open air-rehearsals and the popular 'Dance OnScreen'. Tataki Auckland Unlimited and the Auckland Art Gallery have enjoyed a long partnership and they will host our open-air rehearsals with Viv Auē and Lominia Meteri-Araitia on Saturday 27th May, 3rd & 10th June at 1130am on the mezzanine. On Sunday 11th June 2023 from 2 pm, our Dance OnScreen will be in the auditorium on the lower level of the
https://youtu.be/XXvtocR7uOs The team attended the 3 night festival in Apia on a recent trip to meet with potential partners. Each evening was themed with a mash-up of heritage and contemporary dance. Check-out our Vlog for our favourite parts of the festival.
It has been an awesome collaboration for Pacific Dance NZ with PHAB & Nesian productions. PHAB is an inclusive organisation that 'walks the talk' promoting self reliance that enhances the social opportunities for people with disabilities. PHAB is not an organization "of" or "for" people with disabilities. The PHAB experience is offered jointly and equally to disabled and non-disabled people. The opportunities and activities are intended to be of equal benefit to all members. Many memories have been formed with the Pasifika branch of PHAB - Nesian Productions. On Wednesday 13th December - Te Oro in Glen Innes was packed with friends,
There are Pasifika right throughout Aotearoa and Pacific Dance NZ receives many requests for heritage dance workshops from throughout the motu. Earlier this month the Pacific Dance NZ team responded to a call and with their nafa and hula routine took a trip Te Taitokerau - Whangarei to run a two day dance workshop. The first night was a real treat and the attendance was our largest public workshop group that we have seen all year. Our young fit and accomplished dancers Aisea Latu and Leki Jackson-Bourke led an intergenerational group of 60 people that ranged in
Pacific Dance NZ is helping you will gift ideas for Xmas starting off with snazzy coffee mug and a drink bottle - easy presents. Shipping is additional and proceeds from the sale will go to administering our community programs. Processing pre-orders with delivery before Xmas week. Limited first-run orders - get in quick. /**/