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The first Pacific Dance Festival in 2016 brought together an array of choreographers who had previously devised new works with mentoring from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory between 2009 and 2015, providing an opportunity to show how these works had continued their development since the Choreolab period. 

The 2016 artists included: 
Justin Haiu (2009 ChoreoLab)
Tupua Tigafua (2012 ChoreoLab)
Nikki Upoko (2013 Choreolab)
Katerina Fatupaito (2014 Choreolab)
Leki Bourke (2014 Choreolab)
Hadleigh Pouesi (2015 Choreolab)
Jahra Wasasala (2015 Choreolab)

A special guest performance by Julia Mage’au Gray of Sunameke Dance (first mentor to the lab choreographers in 2009) brought an international flavour to the festival, incorporating Papua New Guinean dance and video narrative in her contemporary Melanesian dance work titled ‘Wearing My Map’, and a special performance of ‘Fatu naToto’, the greatly successful show by Wellington-based Le Moana and Tupe Lualua (Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2013) was presented before traveling to the San Diego International Fringe Fest where it was very warmly received.

The Festival was presented at Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland

Monday & Tuesday 13 & 14 June 2016
Tamatoa Nights - featuring our male artists

Wednesday & Thursday 15 & 16 June 2016
Wahinetoa Nights - featuring our female artists

Friday & Saturday 17 & 18 June 2016
Capping it off with the extravaganza that is Fatu na Toto.

Running alongside the dance festival was an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes.