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IDF2 - Indigenous Dance Forum 2

Indigenous Dance Forum 2
Indigenous Dance Forum featuring video screening, live talks and performances


Media Release: For Immediate Release


I Moving Lab presents


Indigenous Dance Forum 2

A call for Pacific-wide collective empowerment will accumulate in a public showcase at St Paul ST Gallery - AUT on Saturday 29 April for the second annual instalment of Indigenous Dance Forum.

Toi Iho Choreographer, Jack Gray curates this event drawing upon the experiences as 2016 Artist in Residence at A/P/A Institute at New York University: "Last year we considered how Manahatta (NYC) is often universally acclaimed for its progressive diversity - yet the reality faced by the Lenape (Native New York tribe) is that they remain largely invisibilised in everyday functions of city life. Performance therefore, is a way in which we can invoke the ancestors, exchanging philosophies and survival tactics”.

Aucklanders are expected to have a sophisticated response to IDF2, “Tāmaki Makaurau has always been considered a hotbed of cultural rigour with museums and art galleries, theatres and universities all used to integrating a strong tangata whenua presence. IDF2 asks if we are ensuring these practices reflect our increasingly globalised identities”, says Gray.

Partnering with Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts, Gray, an alumni, has selected a talented group of Maori dance students from the Year 2 and 3 classes (Eileen Witika, Presley Ziogas, Tiara Beazley, Atalya Loveridge, Keana Ngaata) for a 10 day intensive preparing towards performing at IDF2 . Joining are two cultural advocates and guest artists (Julia Mage'au Gray of Sunameke) and (Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho of Matao New Performance Project). Together, they will share an intersection of Pacific oriented approaches that seek to generate new dialogue and fresh ideas.

Ziogas says: "As I present myself as an artist and creator in future, I want to keep everything focused on how culture can open my Wairua to its meaningful state. I feel this workshop will be a step in the direction of understanding and learning about these aspects".

Sponsored by DANZ and part of NZ Dance Week’s national celebrations (22-30 April), IDF2will offer four free dance classes at Unitec Dance Studios (Gate 1) from 10-11am (24-27 April).

The culminating event of IDF2 - think, contemplate, move, happens at St Paul St Gallery, AUT(29 April, 4pm onwards) featuring live performances with an array of special guests and talks by noted scholars Tawhanga Nopera (University of Waikato), Tia Morunga-Reihana(University of Auckland) and Toni Pasion (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa). A full schedule will be announced through Facebook updates.

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Written by

Jack Gray

17 Apr 2017

Bio: Jack Gray   Born in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand, Gray's Maori lineages connect him to Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou tribes.