New contemporary Pacific Dance Festival 2016

A new festival is bringing Pacific contemporary dance to the floor at Mangere Arts Centre this June, allowing artists to take previously devised works and re-present them in a developed form.


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“The festival is New Zealand’s first contemporary Pacific dance festival of its type and showcases some of the country’s most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers,” says festival director Iosefa Enari.


The festival showcase will give audiences an insight into the world and joy of Pacific Dance in one place and one week.


“It is also a wonderful opportunity for audiences to familiarise themselves with the incredible diversity of performance out there,” iterates Enari.


The artists include: Justin Haiu (2009 ChoreoLab), Tupua Tigafua (2012 ChoreoLab), Nikki Upoko (2013 Choreolab), Katerina Fatupaito (2014 Choreolab), Leki Bourke (2014 Choreolab), Hadleigh Pouesi (2015 Choreolab) and Jahra Wasasala (2015 Choreolab).


A special guest performance by Julia Mage’au Gray of Sunameke Dance brings an international flavour to the festival, incorporating Papua New Guinean dance and video narrative.


Audiences who may be used to Polynesian dance expressions have an opportunity to experience contemporary Melanesian dance in this special edition piece entitled ‘Wearing My Map’.



Also on at the festival will be a special performance of ‘Fatu na Toto’, the greatly successful show by Le Moana and Tupe Lualua (Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2013) which sold out in Auckland and Wellington during its last tour.


Fatu na Toto will be taken to the San Diego International Fringe Fest in 2016.


Along with the dancing there will be an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes on display in the exhibition halls at the centre.


Enari hopes that the exhibition of Pacific wear, of head dresses and other adornments from a variety of Pacific traditions, will give audiences another avenue in which to connect with Pacific dance.


When: June 13-June 18
Where: Mangere Arts Centre
Prices: Waged $25, Unwaged $20, Groups of 6+ $18, Children under 12 $10, 3-show Polypac $60
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You can find more information about the Pacific Dance Festival 2016 at

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