Pacific Dance Festival
The Pacific Dance Festival is an event that embraces contemporary Pacific dance in the most populous Polynesian city in the world – Auckland, Aotearoa.
“The annual Pacific Dance Festival showcases some of the country’s most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers,” says festival director Iosefa Enari, “giving audiences an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the incredible diversity of performance Pasifika choreographers are creating throughout New Zealand. We hope to also include works from Pacific dance companies beyond new Zealand when possible.
Pacific Dance Festival 2018 on The Way
The Pacific Dance Festival is Aotearoa’s only contemporary and heritage Pacific dance festival of its type and 2018 marks the third year of the festival.
Held primarily at the Mangere Arts Centre the festival began life as a presentation vehicle for the representation of works from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory as a means to offer audiences (and dancers and choreographers in the works) the opportunity to experienced these works after further development from their initial laboratory development and display.
Since then the festival has grown to accommodate a broader range of dance and artists representing a plethora of styles and artistic expression reflecting the expansive nature of Pacific dance generally within Aotearoa and around the globe.
Apart from dance, the festival offers audiences the opportunity to also experience a Pacific Dance Costuming Exhibition co-curated by new vision artist Rosanna Raymond and festival director Sefa Enari and co-presented by the Auckland Museum and Pacific Dance New Zealand.
Festival and Exhbition Launch – Saturday 2nd June 10am
The Pacific Dance Festival #PACDANCEFEST2018 and Pacific Dance Costuming Exhibition will officially launch at Mangere Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd June at 10am.
Pacific Dance New Zealand welcomes the Pacific dance community, Auckland and Aotearoa’s arts communities and the general public to attend the launch and start your #PacificDanceMonth with a bang.
The programme for the festival will be released soon but special events will only be released on the day of the launch – so please look out for these.
Pacific Dance Festival 2018: Call for Expressions of Interest
Pacific Dance NZ now invites dancers and choreographers to submit Expressions of Interest for the 2018 Pacific Dance Festival.
The festival is now in its third year and 2018 looks to be the biggest yet.
Check the festival tab above to find out more about past Pac Dance Fest year’s.
The Pacific Dance Festival 2018 will be held at the Mangere Arts Centre in Mangere, Auckland, between the 13th June – 25th June 2018.
If you wish to submit an expression of interest in being part of the festival please see below:
EOI open for submission – 16 October 2017
EOI due date – 5th January 2018 at 3pm
Inform artists – January 2018
Performance Season – June 2018
1.A brief CV highlighting your performance or arts achievements
2.A brief description of your work, including why you would like to stage it at the Pacific Dance Festival 2018
3.An indication of the number of dancers involved and or any other staging requirements.
4.Support material i.e. links or footage of the proposed work.
* Dance works must be performance ready
Please send your EOI’s to Cilla at email@example.com call 09 376 00 60.
Tama Toa and Wahine Toa shows: 10-15 minutes in length,
Double Bills: at least 25 – 30 minutes in length each,
Full length shows: at least an hour in length,
Shows need to be performance ready (i.e. we don’t cover rehearsal times),
We will accept demonstrations, community workshops or works in progress showings during the festival, i.e. a series of public dance workshops or heritage dance presentations.
Shows can be heritage to contemporary in style and form but must have a major Pacific dance starting point or theme.
We will provide letters of support for funding i.e. CNZ Quick response,
Performances will take place in Auckland (mostly at Mangere Arts Centre – NgÄÂÂÂ Tohu o Uenuku but not necessarily only this venue) during the period June 2018,
Send through any links of the work or we can organise a time to come out to rehearsals once EOIs have been submitted.
*Works from the wider Pacific region welcome and support letters may be provided. Please contact us to discuss possible arrangements.
Click on the links below to view some highlights of the 2017 Pacific Dance Festival c/o www.TheCoconet.tv
Pacific Dance Festival 2017 runs 15–24 June at Mangere Arts Centre in Auckland, with four different programmes running over two weeks this year, presenting an event that embraces contemporary Pacific dance in the most populous Polynesian city in the world.
“The annual Pacific Dance Festival showcases some of the country’s most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers,” says festival director Iosefa Enari, “giving audiences an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the incredible diversity of performance Pasifika choreographers are creating throughout New Zealand. We hope to also include works from Pacific dance companies beyond new Zealand when possible.”
The first week of the festival will present Wahine Toa over two nights, a collection of four works by female choreographers in a celebration of the strength and diversity of Pasifika women: Tai Akaki by Tepaeru–Ariki Lulu French, Ave by Ufitia Sagapolute, West Meet South by Losalia Milika Pusiaki, and Found Words by Julia Mage’au Gray.
The week will conclude with the debut performance of the highly anticipated Nu’u by Freshmans Crew on Saturday 17th June, fusing together Pacific, Maori, Urban and Contemporary dance styles in a story exploring three characters and their experiences growing up in New Zealand. Nu’u will debut at the Pacific Dance Festival before travelling overseas, with interest from as far abroad as Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Utah already being expressed.
Week two will feature the men of the programme in action, presenting Tamatoa and consisting of five original works: Muamua and Keeping the Faith by Joash Fahitua, Fa’aafa by Pati Tyrell, Mea Tau by Elijah Kennar, and Tu Move by the New Zealand School of Dance.
Closing the festival is a huge double bill performance of Aumaga by Le Moana and Le Mau by Jasmine Leota, showing on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June. Aumaga explores the spaces inhabited by the ‘untitled’ men of Samoan villages, their day to day activities, and their service to family and culture. Inspired by the ‘Mau Movement’ of the 1920’s, Le Mau fuses traditional Samoan song and dance with movement from Tonga, Tokelau, and other dance genres, fused together by a core of live music played on traditional instruments and sharing universal tones of the strength and resiliency of Pacific people.
In addition to the evening performances, the Festival is inviting schools in South Auckland to attend free matinees of four of the works, Tia, Keeping the Faith, Le Mau and Aumaga as part of their commitment to nurture and support the stories of young Pasifika people.
All shows are at 8pm at Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland
Tickets are now on sale at 0800 289 849 or online at:
The first Pacific Dance Festival in 2016 brought together an array of choreographers who had previously devised new works with mentoring from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory between 2009 and 2015, providing an opportunity to show how these works had continued their development since the Choreolab period.
The 2016 artists included:
Justin Haiu (2009 ChoreoLab)
Tupua Tigafua (2012 ChoreoLab)
Nikki Upoko (2013 Choreolab)
Katerina Fatupaito (2014 Choreolab)
Leki Bourke (2014 Choreolab)
Hadleigh Pouesi (2015 Choreolab)
Jahra Wasasala (2015 Choreolab)
A special guest performance by Julia Mage’au Gray of Sunameke Dance (first mentor to the lab choreographers in 2009) brought an international flavour to the festival, incorporating Papua New Guinean dance and video narrative in her contemporary Melanesian dance work titled ‘Wearing My Map’, and a special performance of ‘Fatu naToto’, the greatly successful show by Wellington-based Le Moana and Tupe Lualua (Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2013) was presented before traveling to the San Diego International Fringe Fest where it was very warmly received.
The Festival was presented at Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland
Monday & Tuesday 13 & 14 June 2016
Tamatoa Nights – featuring our male artists
Wednesday & Thursday 15 & 16 June 2016
Wahinetoa Nights – featuring our female artists
Friday & Saturday 17 & 18 June 2016
Capping it off with the extravaganza that is Fatu na Toto.
Running alongside the dance festival was an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes.