Dance offers full-flavoured works in bite-sized time slots
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Short+Sweet Dance offers full-flavoured works in bite-sized time slots
Short+Sweet Dance sings into Auckland this month with 27 bite-sized performances across the week-long festival.
Running from 16-21 September at The Performing Arts Centre of Auckland (TAPAC), Short+Sweet Dance features works from more than 30 different choreographers, and with each piece lasting up to 10 minutes, each night audiences see up to 14 unique dance works in 90 minutes.
Short+Sweet Dance is part of Short+Sweet Festival Auckland and follows a fortnight of theatre and a week of music performances. Festival Director Sums Selvarajan says Short+Sweet Dance is a feast of styles – including ballet, hip-hop, R&B, jazz and more – and the next performance is only ever 10 minutes away! At the end of each night, the audience votes for their favourites to go forward to the gala final.
Short+Sweet Dance Artistic Coordinator Jessie McCall says the event offers audiences a truly rewarding artistic experience.
“Not only does the variety of entries provide an exciting range of content, but the viewer plays an active role in selecting our finalists – we want to know what you think! Each item has been hand-picked for originality, performer skill level and choreographic potential and so the gala final line-up is a great taster of some of the best new dance works that Auckland has to offer,” she says.
“I love hearing about each choreographer's unique vision – be it serene, zany, challenging, humorous or sombre, and being able to help bring this to life on stage.”
In its entirety, Auckland’s Short+Sweet Festival boasts an incredible 35 plays, 31 dance performances and nine short music performances over four weeks and involves 50 directors, 40 playwrights, 30 choreographers, nine composers and close to 300 performers.
Short+Sweet Dance is at TAPAC, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs in Auckland from 16-21 September. Book at www.tapac.org.nz and find out more about the whole Short+Sweet Festival at www.shortandsweet.org.nz
SHORT+SWEET DANCE: PERFORMERS
Ula Buliruarua (Independance Best Female Performer 2013)
Duncan Armstrong (Independance Best Male Performer 2013 in the Judge's Choice work 2013)
Candice Frankland (Phoenix Bellydance)
Brigitte Knight (Black Friday Company)
Sophie Follett (People's Choice 2013)
Shreya Gejji (of Prayas Youth Theatre – Highly Commended 2013)
Jahra Wasasala + Grace Woollett
Kura Te Ua
Autumn Marie Dones
Jennifer de Leon
Tracy Templeton with Masha Johnson (Latinissimo)
Eve Veglio-White + Helene Burgstaller
This simple format, started in Sydney in 2002 and Melbourne at the Arts Centre in 2006 (after a Shorter+Sweeter season in 2005) with text-based theatre seasons, has spread throughout Australia and now has migrated to New Zealand and South East Asia. It has also been successfully adapted to other performing arts in festival formats which are similarly being replicated in other countries.
The first Short+Sweet Theatre festival in New Zealand was presented in January of 2010 and has become an annual fixture in Auckland’s performing arts calendar