Tempo Dance Festival 2019

Tempo Dance Festival 2019 will bring Auckland to life with world class creativity and vibrant dance works from 2 – 12 October. 2019’s hottest headliners include world-renowned choreographer Parris Goebel (GIRL), Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce (Pōhutu), Zahra Killeen-Chance, Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski (NZ Music Double Bill) and Sau E Siva Creatives (FA’ASINOMAGA|IDENTITY).

Tempo Dance Festival is one of our sector’s most treasured cornerstones that strengthens Aotearoa’s love for dance year after year. It is such an honour to be woven into the Tempo legacy as the festival’s new Artistic Director; I acknowledge the lineage of wāhine toa who have held this role in the past, and the spirited accomplishments they have achieved.

Headlining the festival this year is a new wave of homegrown choreographers who are advancing our artform in exceptional ways. Spearheading the genres of street dance, indigenous dance, contemporary dance and Siva Samoa, our headliners are the aspirational pou that hold our festival up with strength. I mihi to you all for your innovation and creativity, your hard work, and for being the brave young visionaries our sector needs”

- Cat Ruka, Artistic Director


Festival Opening Ceremony

The Tempo team welcomes all dance lovers of Tāmaki Makaurau to join us for a special opening ceremony for Tempo Dance Festival 2019, paying respect to the whenua and constellation of tupuna that have made our dance-making possible.

Oct 2 2019


The past, present and future abruptly intersect in multi-disciplinary performance Pōhutu, a rich synthesis of image, object, movement, and sound created by choreographer Bianca Hyslop and artist Rowan Pierce.

Oct 2 2019

About Others

People are messy and complicated and beautiful and generous and different and interesting. This participatory dance work is a collection of thoughts on thinking about others.

Oct 2 to Oct 3 2019


Unfortunately Alegrias has been cancelled due to a performer injury. We wish Sandy a full and speedy recovery.

Oct 2 2019


In celebration of the important role that lens-based media has to play in the creation and documentation of dance, this exhibition profiles the work of one of our sector's most treasured photographers, Ralph Brown

Oct 2 to Oct 12 2019


Samara Reweti, Paul Edward Wilson, Matthew Moore, Kisha September, Emma Cosgrave and Abi Jones bring their artistry to BLOOM, a platform for all choreographers whose work is in a blossoming or shifting state.

Oct 3 to Oct 4 2019


Tempo activates exchange and togetherness for audience members in-between shows with free pop-up performance installations in Q's Barfoot & Thompson Lounge, featuring Flamenco music and dance by Amira Brock and Sandy Schock, and urban contemporary by Holly Finch.

Oct 3 2019

NZ Music Double Bill: Dances with Aldous

Dances with Aldous promises to summon the haunting and momentous powers of the extraordinary Aldous Harding. An important occasion for music lovers and fans of dance alike, this double bill show will be theatre like we haven’t quite seen it before.

Oct 4 to Oct 5 2019

The Fondness of Fools

Fidget Collective presents The Fondness of Fools.

An Improvisation featuring Kristian Larsen, Claire O’Neil, Vicky ‘Forest’ Kapo, Chris O’Connor Stéphane Hisler.

Oct 4 to Oct 5 2019

Utopia #9

Utopia #9, a full-length dance work created by Kit Reilly, is a sterile dystopia, where technology has surpassed human intelligence and become our governing figure.

Oct 4 to Oct 5 2019

Not Odd Human

Sam Coren (Hofesh Shechter Company) is an award-winning performer and choreographer based in London who has come to Aotearoa to create a new work with graduating contemporary students of the New Zealand School of Dance.

Oct 5 to Oct 6 2019

The Pform.nz season of Secondary Colours

The Pform.nz season of Secondary Colours is back and bigger than ever to celebrate a diverse selection of dances created and performed by youth from local secondary schools, and dance studios.

Oct 6 2019


Sau E Siva Creatives present FA'ASINOMAGA | IDENTITY, an epic tour-de-force of Siva Samoa with over 50 performers who weave new choreography with the "Best of Le Best" from previous sold-out shows (Rosalina, Lalelei and more!).

Oct 8 to Oct 9 2019

Super Moon

Evolving. Adapting. Dark. Charming. Julia Harvie (Movement Art Practice) and Sofia McIntyre (In Flagrante) collide in Super Moon, the double-bill that is both an electrifying feminist memoir and biological morphing allusion.

Oct 9 to Oct 10 2019


Atamira Dance Company proudly presents TOMO, a tale of wairua told through dance, light and architecture.

Oct 9 to Oct 10 2019

Death. Disco. Heartbeat

My friend Joe took his own life. It’s the kind of loss that moves in and takes permanent residence in your heart. This show isn’t about him; it’s about everything that came after.

Oct 11 to Oct 12 2019


GIRL is an intimate show created by Parris Goebel, that looks into the journey females take to discover their inner power.

Expressed by a strong diverse, female cast.


Oct 11 to Oct 12 2019

Tertiary Improvisation Showcase: Make No Mistake

Live dance. Live music. Live decisions. Live a little. One night only.

Tempo’s improvisational tertiary dance showcase tuned by improvisation master Kristian Larsen. Featuring performers from Unitec and University of Auckland dance programmes.

Oct 11 2019


We’re closing the festival with a bang! Party into the morning at Boom Boom Room, the free multi-venue arts party jam packed with some our city's hottest dance performers, live musicians, and art installations.

Oct 12 2019

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