Tempo Dance Festival 2012

     “Tempo's diverse and exciting dance performances showcase the best New Zealand work and light up the stage.” - Raewyn Whyte, Dance Critic

Tempo Dance Festival presents two thrilling weeks of spectacular dance showcases packed with performances by some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed choreographers and companies.
Tempo, now in its 9th year, takes over Q theatre on Queen St with a dazzling expanded programme featuring hip hop to contemporary, Pacific dance to ballet, Bollywood to Burlesque. Tempo 2012 packs a punch with stunning shows and increased performances from many of New Zealand’s most acclaimed choreographers and dancers.
From the festival opening of the Tuakana Maori dance showcase to the high-energy Out of the Box closing show, and everything in between, Tempo 2012 spans the breadth and depth of dance in Aotearoa.  Festival favourites return with fresh faces while plenty of brand-spanking-new surprises await behind every stage door.
Footnote Forte Series

A captivating season of the successful Forte Series, with a great line-up of new thoughts and curious choreographies.

Oct 8 2012

Deirdre Tarrant

Join Tempo in celebrating the life and artistic career of Deirdre Tarrant at this year’s festival.

Oct 8 2012


Beautiful, fun and inspiring Tuakana is a stunning visual feast from some of New Zealand's foremost Maori choreographers and dancers.

Oct 8 to Oct 9 2012

Fresh Cuts

Thoughtful, compelling and fun, Fresh Cuts returns to Tempo with a brand new season of short dance works by emerging choreographers Natalie Clark, Anitra Hayday, Juanita Jelleyman, Jessie McCall and Charlene Tedrow (with Ura Tabu Pacific Dance).

Oct 9 to Oct 10 2012

Y Chromozone

An all male dance showcase, bursting with energy, Y Chromozone packs a stunning variety of hip hop, Indian dance, tap and contemporary dance items, into one fast paced, dynamic show.

Oct 10 to Oct 11 2012

Tertiary Colours

Top tertiary dance programmes from across the country offer an exciting range of short, innovative dance works. Featuring performances from University of Auckland, Unitec, AUT, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), East Auckland Performing Arts, Whitireia and Otago University.

Oct 11 to Oct 12 2012

In Flagrante

This hit neo-burlesque show is a modern and beautifully deviant take on the burlesque revival.

Oct 12 2012


The award-winning Lily orbits around the life and times of iconic Dunedin dance teacher Lily Stevens.

Oct 12 to Oct 13 2012

Tempo heats up Q's Lounge bar with a sexy, vivacious Salsa Ball with a live Latin band!

Oct 12 2012

Sir Jon Trimmer

An Audience with Sir Jon Trimmer KNZM MBE – An intimate afternoon with the legendary Sir Jon during which he relates stories and answers questions about his spectacular career spanning more than 5 decades. Be quick - this show will sell out!

Oct 13 2012

Mime Workshop – Sir Jon Trimmer

A hands-on workshop for all ages and levels of experience with the iconic Sir Jon Trimmer.

Oct 13 2012

The Kids Show

Dance for kids, by kids! Mt Eden Ballet Academy, Wasabi Dance Crew, The Dance Studio, Boyzdance, Pointy Puppies and more strut their stuff through ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop styles and more.

Oct 13 2012

Prime Cuts

Tempo's Prime Cuts programme supports established New Zealand dance artists in a stunning season of cutting edge dance that expresses both passion and innovation.

Oct 16 to Oct 17 2012

Time Dance and Soma Songs

A fusion of new film technologies, music and live dance from Daniel Belton and Hamish McKeich.

Oct 16 2012

Nga Hau E Wha

The Auckland premiere of Okareka’s critically-acclaimed new work that conjures the power of Earth’s elements.

Oct 17 to Oct 19 2012

On the Other Hand

Intriguing new choreography by NZSD’s final year contemporary dance students.

Oct 17 to Oct 18 2012

Out of the Box

This is Hip Hop like you’ve never seen it - no competitions, just pure dance excitement!

Oct 18 to Oct 20 2012

The Va-Va-Voom Burlseque Show

Prepare to be delighted and excited with a variety of fun and sexy madcap burlesque entertainment.

Oct 18 2012

Colours of India

A contemporary dance production that journeys through India, exploring the variety of dances from folklore to exuberant Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi and the exciting Bollywood dance.

Oct 19 to Oct 20 2012


Duets is a celebration of the art of dancing two-by-two.

Oct 19 to Oct 20 2012

Pukepuke ‘o Tonga

Tongan culture, community and life in modern day Auckland, told through Tongan dance heritage.

Oct 19 2012


Double bill featuring award-winning integrated dance companies Touch Compass and Second Echo (Tasmania).

Oct 19 to Oct 20 2012

Secondary Colours

Local secondary school dance programmes and studios bring their best foot forward with a showcase of fun and daring short dance works by young dancers aged 13-18. Featuring the dance styles of contemporary, ballet, jazz, musical theatre and more.

Oct 19 to Oct 20 2012

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