Tempo Dance Festival 2015

Tempo Dance Festival is back at Auckland’s Q Theatre for 18 glorious days of performances, workshops and events.  Abounding with performances from both established and emerging artists, showcases, events and even lunchtime yoga, this year’s festival will have Auckland on its toes for the 12th year running.

The 2015 Tempo season kicks off with multi-media performance installation Mitimiti from one of Aotearoa’s finest – Atamira Dance Company – and ends with festival favourite Out of the Box hip hop fusion showcase. In between you’ll find everything from contemporary to ballet, jazz to tango and musical theatre to dance on film, plus something for girls’ night out as well as fun for the whole family.

Tempo Festival 10-Trip Pass ($175.10 incl. GST)

The Ten-Trip Pass offers you the chance to catch up to ten shows at the 2015 Festival. Share with friends and family. Can be used throughout the Festival to secure tickets on the day directly from the Q Theatre Box Office to any show that is not sold out.



Film installation, live kapa haka, surround sound, Atamira dancers and international special guests — unveil secrets of the Atamira (platform) in a unique multi-level gallery-style.


Sep 30 to Oct 3 2015

Join choreographer, Jack Gray, Atamira Dance and guest cultural collaborators for a post-Opening Night review and panel dialogue of Mititmiti.

Oct 1 2015

Discover the magic behind Atamira Dance Company's Mitimiti. Come on a behind the scenes tour & talk with dancer/choreographer Jack Gray.

Oct 3 2015

A money saver for dance lovers! If you are coming to two (or more) shows in a day, buy tickets here for a combo price!



Oct 6 to Oct 18 2015

Emerging choreographers take on contemporary dance, mixing traditional forms with aerial circus, interactive props and Pacific folklore.




Oct 6 to Oct 7 2015

A delightfully voyeuristic installation dotted along the iconic windows above Q Theatre's façade, this is Tempo’s curious little gift to Queen Street.



Oct 6 to Oct 15 2015

This festival favourite, all-male dance showcase features a selection of strong, sensual and daring new works performed by acclaimed male dance artists.



Oct 6 to Oct 7 2015

Join Tempo & IndepenDANCE for some revitalizing midday yoga, the perfect lunchtime antidote for busy city dwellers' workday blues.




Oct 7 to Oct 16 2015

NZ’s renowned contemporary dancers team-up with an award-winning playwright in a devised dance language that meditates on form, multiplicity of being, and the things we get caught up in throughout life. 


Oct 8 to Oct 9 2015

A celebration of emerging dancers as they learn their craft, in the spirit of experimentation and choreographic metamorphosis.



Oct 8 2015

Have your dance questions answered. Engaging discussion and demonstrations by Tempo artists aim to demystify and reveal all in a family friendly forum.


Oct 8 to Oct 14 2015

A stellar selection of jazz spanning from its percussive Afro-Cuban roots, through to classic tap, to the steamy nuances of Bob Fosse. Step out for a night filled with sass and infectious energy from NZ’s jazz superstars.

Oct 9 2015

Heat up your Friday night with funk and soul beats from DJ Selecta Sam (George FM), along with dance demonstrations by some of Auckland’s hottest dancers.


Oct 9 2015

Take to the floor and embrace this creative, improvised partner dance. An introductory workshop on the seductive Tango that’s perfect for beginners as well as those with previous dance experience. 

Oct 10 2015

The perfect way to start your weekend off regardless of your fitness level or previous experience! Come along to a FREE invigorating underground yoga session specifically for our Q Heroes. 

Oct 10 2015

From brushstrokes to dance steps, from static beauty to dynamic flair – Yatra Dance present a dance creation inspired by the artwork of one of India’s famous visual artists, Raja Ravi Varma

Oct 10 2015

Influenced by 1940s–50s Film Noir style, Zahra Killeen-Chance investigates the illusion of appearances. Loaded glances and smokin’ guns — nothing is what it seems to be.



Oct 10 to Oct 11 2015

Each year Tempo celebrates the achievements of one special artist. Katie Haines has widened the horizons of numerous promising young ballet dancers by establishing the Alana Haines Australasian Awards in memory of her daughter.

Oct 11 2015

A curated collection of new short dance films covering emerging to established New Zealand choreographers and filmmakers. Contributing artists are based here in Aotearoa and abroad.


Oct 11 2015

Come and see our bright stars in the making. Jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and everything in between.



Oct 11 2015

New Zealand School of Dance share their creative passion in a collaborative process with former graduate and internationally renowned choreographer Ross McCormack (Triumphs and Other Alternatives, AGE).

Oct 13 to Oct 14 2015

For one night only, Ross McCormack directs and stars in an outstanding new work that collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create a visceral style of Physical Movement Theatre.


Oct 13 2015

Provocative, absurd, hilarious, cheeky and deeply touching, established choreographic artists present their latest creations. Featuring Georgie Goater and Kristian Larsen, Sarah Knox, Touch Compass, and Brigitte Knight.

Oct 14 2015

Footnote New Zealand Dance presents a spirited new production celebrating their 30th birthday. Part reflection and part premonition, it acknowledges the massive contribution of NZ choreographers throughout Footnote’s evolution.

Oct 15 to Oct 17 2015

Dance Pasión and The Jitterbugs takes you on a jubilant ride exploring the rich diversity of Argentine Tango with inspiration drawn from the Swing era.



Oct 15 2015

The Hip Hop showcase with no rules, no regulations and no time limits. This festival highlight promises infectious beats, masterful moves and an unlimited supply of attitude.



Oct 16 to Oct 18 2015

A science-fiction comedy dance thriller. Terrifying chase sequences. Frightening space travel. Bodacious dancing. Join Auckland’s favourite comedy-dance troupe, Dynamotion, in an out-of-this-world romp.

Oct 16 to Oct 17 2015

Explore history and witness the creation of life in this powerful double bill by Thomas Fonua (Australian Dance Theatre) and Vivian Hosking-Aue (Short & Sweet Dance Supreme winner 2014). 


Oct 17 to Oct 18 2015

Spend the evening with a drink in hand and delicious nibbles while mingling with the creative makers behind Tempo and Footnote New Zealand Dance. This is an exclusive Q Heroes event.

Oct 17 2015

Be it through contemporary, ballet, hip hop, jazz or fusion work, a diverse array of talented 13-18yr olds present new dances that encapsulate the vibrancy and variety of youth. 

Oct 17 2015

Telling the story of Clara and her strange present, Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre are joined by students from Marian McDermott’s School of Dance in ballet that is a favourite all over the world.

Oct 18 2015

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