New Zealand Dance Festival Trust Presents Tempo 2016

Tempo 2016 is the 13th festival under the Tempo banner. Tempo — New Zealand’s foremost annual dance festival —features 50 events, shows and workshops over 12 days. Each year more than 700 artists, including professional dancers and choreographers, students of dance, youth, community and cultural dancers, perform in a vibrant programme that celebrates the diversity of dance.  

Tempo’s philosophy is to increase, enhance and support society’s appreciation and experience of dance and how it relates to them. Audiences can choose from a selection of evening-length works, showcases and curated shared programmes that feature stunning and innovative dance works from New Zealand's top dance talent. Post-show forums and an artist honouring offer a 'behind-the-scenes' look into the art of making dance and the people who shape the dance community while fworkshops, masterclasses and free public engagement events invite the community to join in.

Tempo also caters for the ever-evolving New Zealand dance community, including both emerging and established artists. The festival has always been proud of its dedication to educating young dancers and choreographers by giving them opportunities to hone their craft in a centrally-located, high-profile theatre setting surrounded by professional artists, companies and production team.

Tempo also offers emerging artists mentoring support through a designated critical feedback process that aims to encourage both artistic and professional development.


The Tempo Team:

Artistic Director - Carrie Rae Cunningham

General Manager - Brendan Meek

Logistics & Production - Lisa Greenfield

Marketing - Sally Woodfield (SWPR)

Sponsorhip & Fundraising - Helen Langford

Publicity - Elephant

Production/Technical Manager - Jonny Cross

Stage Managers - Janina Panizza & Serene Lorimer

Operators - Kyle Pharo & Sean Mackenzie

Lisa Greenfield (Production Coordinator)

Photography - John McDermott & Solomon Mortimer

Design - Stefania Sarnecki-Capper (RED Design)

Videography and Video Design - Matt Gillanders (Archipela Ltd) & Jessie McCall (ALL YOU CAN EAT Productions)

Interns - Zoe Nicholson & Sarah-Louise Collins


Tempo hero image by John McDermott for Commotion Company - featuring Aloalii Tapu and Emily Adams


Thank you: Emily Adams, Rose Campbell, Jacqui Cesan, Chapman Tripp, DANZ - Anton Carter and Dr. Marianne Schultz, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Merenia Gray, Charles Koroneho, Michelle Lafferty, New Zealand Dance Company, Eric Ngan, Okareka Dance Company, Michael Parmenter, Hannah and Jamey from Phantom Billstickers, Sudhir Poojari, Barbara Procter, the awesome team at Q Theatre, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cat Ruka, Lee and Penny Stevens, Aloalii Tapu, Katrina Todd, Pita Turei, The University of Auckland - Alumni, Relations and Development, Sir James Wallace, Tempo Patron Douglas Wright, Lydia Zanetti, and all our fantastic volunteers.


  • Tracey Marama Lloydd - Co-Chair
  • Suzanne Smith - Co-Chair
  • Geordan Wilcox
  • Kerryn McMurdo
  • Rose Martin
  • Lizzie Ross
  • Nicole Bassett



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