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Fresh - Tempo Dance Festival 2013


Thu 10 Oct 2013, 6:30pm
Fri 11 Oct 2013, 6:30pm

Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Thoughtful, compelling and fun, Fresh returns to Tempo with a brand new season of short dance works by up-and-coming choreographers Andrew Cesan & Simon Watts, Tepaeru-Ariki Lulu French, Jahra Rager, Mattie Hamuera & Sophie Williams and Grace Woollett.

Addicted to Distraction – Grace Woollett
A new contemporary dance work with an interest in curiosity. Our desire for instant gratification in all things, is ultimately fueled by the mundane. Constant cycles of distraction holding forever fading satisfaction, and the loss of what it is to simply be. With the goal of closeness, we have instead achieved greater distance from our fellow humans. Meaning in life substituted by a plastic reality, sold to us from birth as "happiness". Curiosity has been replaced.

The Pacific Muse – Tepaeru-Ariki Lulu French
Through the natural elements; Air, Water, Earth & Fire; we explore and challenge the ‘white’ construct of the Pacific as a ‘sexual paradise’ as promoted through European-colonial literature and intellectual legacy. This is a vehicle of political action and social activism. We must be cautious how we invite or romanticise ‘Pasifika-ness’ and who we accept on our shores. What values and what changes will they bring?

Mattie Hamuera and Sophie Williams – Lovers of the Lake
This duet celebrates the love and unity of two of our illustrious ancestors, Hinemoa and Tutanekai, depicting their story through contemporary dance, multimedia technology and aspects of Kapahaka. Our Maori cultural heritage thrives on communicating and sharing knowledge through song and dance. We believe that through our passion and love for performing arts we can continue to sustain our indigenous culture and knowledge, the way our ancestors have always done.

27 Man/made/heaven – Jahra Rager
History repeats. Utilising the elements of movement, text and media, 27 Man/made/heaven is a solo work centred around the extremes of the human condition, dealing with internal and external oppression. Touching on past and present social issues, it attempts to weave the real personal and historical extremes of what it means to be human - and to not be free.

Music & Movement – Andrew Cesan & Simon Watts
An exploration of music and rhythm told through body percussion, drumming, contemporary tap styles and street beats. With a wide variety of expertise across dance genres, molding these influences along with live percussion and live music production produces a fresh and revolutionary show all about music and movement.

followed by Honouring a dancer MaryJane O'Reilly at 9.30pm (koha)

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