Strong NICAI involvement in upcoming dance festivals

24 August 2015

Two upcoming high-profile dance festivals will highlight some of the country's very best emerging talent, and this year, Dance Studies students and graduates will feature heavily in the lineups of both Short+Sweet Auckland and Tempo Dance Festival.

Short+Sweet Dance, running from 1-6 September, is part of the larger Short+Sweet independent festival now in its sixth season in Auckland. The festival also showcases theatre, songs and cabaret, all ten minutes or less in duration. The aim is to provide a platform for artists of all genres, style and abilities to express themselves. The Dance Studies programme will be represented by almost a dozen student performers and choreographers.

Tempo Dance Festival, the largest and most extensive festival in the country, runs from 30 September - 18 October and features dance performances, installations, events and workshops from those within the industry. This event allows participants to perform as part of a programme, full length show or as a triple or double bill. Tempo has various programmes to highlight student performers at all levels of education, including primary schools. The Dance Studies involvement will be through Bachelor of Dance Studies student Kerryanne Mayhew, and postgraduate students Alex Upololeu and Vivian Hosking-Aue. Vivian won several awards in the 2014 Short+Sweet festival including Best Choreographer, Wallace Arts Trust Emerging Artist and People's Choice for his piece Opaque. Graduates Sophie Follet and Matiu Hamuera will also feature, with Matiu performing as part of Atamira Dance Company's Mitimiti.

Dance Studies lecturer Sarah Knox, who has her own piece at Tempo, says this in an excellent opportunity for the students, given the size of the audience and exposure of the festivals. "These festivals are professional industry events, and both are very good at supporting the work from emerging artists," Sarah says. She also notes that the students benefit from the festivals providing the venues, technicians, lighting and publicity for the event, leaving the performers to focus solely on their piece.

For a comprehensive rundown on who is performing and where, click here