Tempo Dance Festival 2018


Tempo Dance Festival brings bring Auckland to life, with over 50 spectacular events this October showcasing an inspiring range of dance, including new work by New Zealand and international artists that empower and inspire.

Tempo elevates the presence of dance in our community, highlighting the value and joy movement brings to our society. 2018 promises ongoing commitment to opportunities for New Zealand dancers and audiences, continued development of diverse and high-quality works, and elevation of the visibility of Aotearoa's dance practitioners on an international stage.

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TEN-TRIP PASS // Be one of Tempo's biggest festival fans with a Ten-Trip Pass and save. Pay $200* and select ten shows across the festival. Use them all yourself, or share with family and friends! Your Ten-Trip Pass can be used to book tickets from 20 September - two weeks before opening night of Tempo Dance Festival 2018


Tempo Dance Festival would like to acknowledge the support of Core Funders Creative NZ, Foundation North, Auckland Council & Waitematā Local Board and partners Q Theatre.


HEALR // SOFT co. // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Contemporary dance theatre by

Rose Philpott & Jessie McCall, SOFT co.

of duality, violent self-healing and body heat.

Oct 4 to Oct 6 2018

Kotahi // Atamira Dance Company // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Drawing together diverse ways of envisioning the world, three choreographers explore new futurities for indigenous contemporary dance making. Louise Potiki Bryant, Jack Gray and Frances Rings present a dynamic cross-cultural collaboration.

Oct 4 2018

Between Two // Douglas Wright & Kelly Nash // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Between Two is an intimate double-bill featuring short works by Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash.

Oct 5 to Oct 13 2018

Just Dance Krazy

A showcase of inclusive performance, demonstrating the powerful force of dance to move, inspire and transform lives. Dance for life, dance for all, but above all… Just Dance Krazy!

Oct 5 to Oct 7 2018

Drawing together diverse ways of envisioning the world, three choreographers explore new futurities for indigenous contemporary dance making. Louise Potiki BryantJack Gray and Frances Rings present a dynamic cross-cultural collaboration.

Oct 5 2018

Second Thoughts // HighJinx Aerial Arts Youth Company // Tempo Dance Festival 20

HighJinx responds to the themes explored in the works of Tempo 2018 through a series of installation performances integrating a unique blend of circus arts, dance, physical storytelling, and projection.

Oct 5 to Oct 14 2018

1918 // Le Moana // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Live music, dance and theatre are carefully woven together as a response to the devastating Spanish Influenza epidemic that claimed the lives of almost a third of the total population of Sāmoa.

Oct 6 2018

Kōrero te Kanikani

Presented as a collaboration between Tempo and DANZ, Kōrero te Kanikani is an opportunity for the industry to dialogue about our future through discussing results of a recent industry-wide survey.

Oct 6 2018

Movement. A Manifesto // New Zelanad School of Dance // Tempo Dance Festival 20

An embodied statement of beliefs for our time, from those who are shaping our future.

James O'Hara and Hungarian choreographer Balazs Busa have collaborated to create a new work for the 2018 graduating New Zealand School of Dance contemporary students.

Oct 6 to Oct 7 2018

Honouring Russell Kerr ONZM, QSM

Each year, Tempo honours the achievements of one special person who has made a significant contribution to dance in New Zealand. This year, we are very excited to celebrate the life and career of choreographer Russell Kerr (ONZM, QSM).

Oct 7 2018

Boyzdance2 // METAMORPHOSIS // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

From international choreographers and former Boyzdance2 members, METAMORPHOSIS brings to the stage four electric new creations alongside a retrospective of Boyzdance2’s most significant works to celebrate the network’s twentieth anniversary.

Oct 7 2018

 Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company // ADAPTATION // Tempo Dance Festival 20

West Coast meets the world with L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s NZ premiere: ADAPTATION, a visceral evening of cutting-edge contemporary dance by one of LA’s leading dance companies.  

Oct 10 to Oct 11 2018

Soft n Hard // Barbarian Productions // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Join real-life husband n wife Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood as they wrestle with notions of gender in a visually extravagant, hugely fun, and absurdly comical way.

Oct 11 to Oct 12 2018

System // Muscle Mouth // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

In a futuristic landscape, two humans undergo a replacement procedure now necessary for progress, featuring precision-led choreography, intelligent lighting, and highly detailed sonic and audio-visual landscape from Muscle Mouth.

Oct 12 to Oct 13 2018

FRESH // Tempo Dance Festival 2018

Tempo’s FRESH choreographers' showcase is a platform for emerging artists to create new ideas. This year’s artists have stepped up to the challenge featuring new short works by Gemma-Jayde Naidoo, Xavier Breed, Ufitia Sagapolutele and Duchess.

Oct 13 to Oct 14 2018

The Pform.nz Season of Ignite!

The Pform.nz Season of Ignite! is back and bigger than ever to showcase a diverse selection of new dances created and performed by variety of youth from local secondary schools, studios and dance schools.

Oct 14 2018

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