Secondary Colours (2013)

Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland

20/10/2013 - 20/10/2013

TEMPO Dance Festival 2013

Production Details

This year’s line up of fantastic youth work features stand out performances from the inaugural season of YouDance Youth Dance Festival, including One Step Beyond (Marian McDermott School of Dance), Rutherford CollegeOrmiston CollegePointy Dog Dance CompanyGlenfield College Bollywood Troupe, Massey High SchoolAvondale CollegePakuranga College,Touch Compass youth company, Rangitoto CollegeMt Albert Grammar School and BoyzDance2.

Also joining in the fun are some of Auckland’s hottest studios and schools, including Devonport School of DanceYMCA V-Dancegroup, Wasabi Dance Crew and Mt Eden Ballet Academy.

1. MOSAIC  Devonport School of Dance

Choreographed by Kezia Crawford

Performed by Isabella Bothamley,
Mollie Cornfield,
Alice Cunliffe,
Lizzie Cunliffe,
 Eleanor Dewar, Emily French,
Lily Hannington,
Michaela Hing,
Celine Human,
 Nicola Kluger,
Kelly Kwon,
Madeline Lissington, Sam Macduff,
Annabelle Maunsell,
 Isabelle McNae,
Sophie Parker,
Kit Reilly,
Ana Renker-Darby,
Tommi Robinson-Chen,
 Kaitlin Rooke,
Holly Sharplin,
Ellen Smeed,
Kirsty Walker,
Zoe White,
Emily Wynn 

Music    Walk the Moon by Anna Sun

"Mosaic" is a contemporary dance piece that plays with the idea of creating
moving images using fomiations that flow on, off and around the stage. Costumes with a mosaic print
give the illusion of the dancers moving as one big body, morphing and constantly changing.

Kezia Crawford graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Dance and RAD teaching certificate from AUT University and currently teaches at Devonport School of Dance. She has danced with the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, City Ballet Company and the AUT Dance Company.


2. HIDDEN A-GENDA  Rutherford College

Choreograhed by Perri Exeter

Performed by Xavier Breed, Kyle Tewhata, Petmal Lam, Turanga TeHira, Ceenan Rutter, Pamela McHardy, Aniva Feau, Leticia Fortes, Zazi Gohar, Annika Van Vliet 

Music    Homayon Sakhi by Josh 2011 Adapted from youtube, I Need by Maverick Sabre, Bad Girls by M.I.A

‘Hidden A-genda’. What is hidden beneath what we know of others? What do we want? What do others need?  This piece looks at misconceptions of genders and race and captures a glimpse at escaping those prejudices.

Perri Exeter, born and raised in Hawkes Bay. She trained in Dance at Unitec before gaining her Diploma in Secondary Teaching. She has been teaching dance at Rutherford College for four years while choreographing and working with youth for projects within the Auckland dance community.

3. REVERSED PERCEPTION  Massey High School

Choreographed by Kisha September

Performed by Jane Gareija, Kaata Tatana, Ryan Turner, Kisha September

Music    Torn by Nathan lanier

This piece is based upon the play Macbeth and the theme of appearance vs. reality. The question is “are the things we see, truly how things actually are in reality?” Do our actions truly mirror our thoughts?

Kisha September, 18 student at Massey High, choreographed 31 and is a dancer at The Dance Studio, Xcess and MHS.  A versatile dancer Kisha enjoys various dance styles i.e. ballet, contemporary, ballroom & hip hop.

4. ATLANTIS  Rangitoto College

Choreographed by Sarah Tenwolde

Performed by Emma Barnes, Delany Dahl, Jade Fletcher, Tayla Foster, Kaye Kennedy, Phoebe Lee, Jessica Lim, Monica Logan, Laura Philpott, Sarah Staveley

Music    Atlantis by Ellie Goulding

This dance has an emphasis on body shape, dance relationships and cannon.

5. WING$  Wasabi Dance Crew

Choreographed by Carlene Newall

Performed by Maddie Holland, Maddy Allen, Georgia Menhennet, Laurie Mitchell & Holly MacLeod

Music    Wing$ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

A choreographic reflection on the themes within the song; exploring the cost of image in a culture that is defined by exclusive sneaker collections and expensive branded apparel.

Carlene Newall is an Auckland-based choreographer, dancer and aerial performer. Her versatile backgrounds are blended in her choreographic approaches and she has a particular interest and passion in youth performance that values creativity and quality.

6. SQUARED  Touch Compass Dance Trust

Choreographed by Sue Cheesman & dancers

Performed by Johnny Hillier, Duncan Armstrong, Amelia Eades, Ariel Knight, Sophie Wills, Chelsea Baxter, Brylee Mills, Alisha McLennan, Marisol Pengelly

Music    Music for Dance by Christopher Benstead & Hits and Exit Wounds by Alabama 3



Choreographed by George Balanchine

Performed by Katherine Sonnekus

Music    Tchaikovsky

8. UNBRACE  One Step Beyond

Choreographed by Georgie Goater

Performed by Emma Barnes, Fern Beck, Emma Clavis, Cassidy Coburn, Jade Fletcher, Emma Lane, Monica Logan, Alanna Main, Natalie Modrich, Alayna Rennie-Cook, Joel White and Natasha Williams.

Music    Run Boy Run, Shadows & Conquest of Spaces by Woodkid

Unbrace explores the idea of escape, the physicality of it and the different layers of daily encounters around escaping - in particular, from commitments. It almost seems all too easy to undo what we said we would do. But what are the consequences of this?

Georgie has taught for Marian McDermott School of Dance since 2011. She dances professionally with Touch Compass and as a freelancer for choreographers such as Carol Brown and Katie Burton. She is currently performing in World of Wearable Arts. For the past 8 years Georgie has choreographed and produced work with her dance collective BackLit Productions. They are currently working on a new double bill "KEEP / SELF" due to be performed at the Body Festival in Christchurch, and in Auckland in November. Unbrace is her third work for One Step Beyond in which the wonderful dancers have risen to new challenges creatively, and in technical and performative achievements.

9. HEY PACHUCO  BoyzDance2

Choreographed by Richie Cesan

Performed by Gabriel Sutton, Jackson Tuarae, Nathan Kara, Oli Mathiesen,

Henk Tompkins, Finn McLaughlan, Harry Barclay

Music    Hey Pachuco by Royal Crown Revue

Richie has been the head choreographer for BoyzDance2 for the last four years, during which time he has contributed work to Tempo annually.

10. MISS-FIT  YMCA North Shore V-Dance

Choreographed by Ben Rogers and Jane Carter

Performed by Justine Dunsmore, Michael Marescia, Queenie Jose, Dion Logue, Talia Stanley, Sophie Todd, Madison Cornwall, Amy Dresser, Shania Chilver, Quinn Annemans. Kathryn Eley, Aimee Morley, Chris Macdonald, Sophia Findlay, Ally Horsburgh,

Isabella Woodcock, Brie Crosweller, Owen Segismar, Julia Jovanovic, Paris Aegerter

‘Miss-Fit’ is a culmination of 6 months learning around Merce Cunningham’s Chance Dance.  The dice roll determines which prop and dance piece is performed on the day and where on the stage the dancer performs. Each performance is a new experience. What will happen today?

Ben Rogers and Jane Carter completed the AUT Bachelor of Dance in 2009/2010. They have worked on several projects together, including Linda Ashley’s Orere Point Beach Dance project,  performing with the White Wall  and AUT dance company

11. COLLECTIVE LUNGS  Pointy Dog Dance Co.

Choreographed by Liana Yew & Jessie McCall

Performed by Camille Hay, Zoe Olivia Nicholson, Ellena Woodhall-Martin, Daisha Salanoa, Elise Friedman, Lucia Hocking-Whitehead

Music    edIT- Ants Contagions. The breath of a stranger. A masked crowd. An infected public space.

Liana Yew (BPSA Contemporary Dance) has been performing for 15 years, Working in collaborative rehearsal processes with many renound choreographers. Jessie McCall (BPSA Contemporary Dance) is a choreographer and performer & the Artistic Director of Pointy Puppies and Pointy Dog Dance Co.

Sarah Tenwolde is the TIC Dance at Rangitoto College and the dancers are year 11 and 12 students who are in a performance troupe.

12. KEEP MY COOL  Pakuranga College

Choreographed by Faith Matamua

Performed byFaith Matamua and Ryan Calamucha

Music    Keep my Cool by Aaradhna, Strawberry Bubblegum by Justin Timberlake

My name is Faith Matamua , I am 17years old I currently attend Pakuranga College , I started dancing at age 4 and carried that on for a good couple years then found myself joining a netball team. When I was 12 years I got back in to hip hop and haven’t looked back. I currently teach at Jayes Dance Studio and manage two dance crews. And take classes at The Palace Dance Studio. I hope that being in this festival it can take me somewhere in the dance industry.

13. SETTLE DOWN  Avondale College

Choreographed by Destiny Anderson

Performed by Shannon Pretorius, Stacey Purdon, Tadiwa, Tomu, Katelyn Bishop, Kayla Brall, Alea Carson Haunga, Rovelyn Carzano, Lucy Dawber, Taylor Nathan, Alysha Johnson, Ann Pascua, Zoe Purdon, Lorna Tollemache, Samantha Woollaston, Melody Martin, Tessa Rassmussen, Josie Sharman, Karl Soromerro, Alycia Chapman, Jerome Fitness, Loretta Tauariki

Music    Settle down by Kimbra (Justin warfield remix)

14. JUDGEMENT  BoyzDance2

Choreographed by Eikuna William

Performed by Brosnan Ackerman, Michael James, Riley Bourne, Brooke Moody

Music    Plain Gold Ring by Kimbra

Eikuna is a Y13 dance student and arts leader.  She is a passionate contemporary choreographer and is looking forward to studying dance at a tertiary level in 2014.

15. LES MISERABLES  MEBA (Mt Eden Ballet Academy)

Choreographed by Melinda Palmer

Performed by Naia Roberts, Emma Toogood, Jordan McIlwaine, Isabella Klisser, Emily Dobbs, Grace Dickson, Summer Bradley, Thomas McClintock, Emily Peart, Rachel Young,

 Katie Hobson-Brown, Melody Martin, Natalie Welch, Jasmine Mexted, Brooke Cambie, Kate Turner, Katherine Sonnekus, Katerina Hond, Larissa Kyoto-Ward

Music    Prologue- Les Miserables, Castle on a Cloud, On My Own, Epilogue by Schonberg, Boublil, Kretzmer, Natel, Nunn & Caird

Les Miserables was choreographed earlier this year. The music is a mix of songs from the hit musical. The dancers have performed this piece at Auckland competitions and in a couple of showcases. MEBA are looking forward to performing Les Miserables at Tempo.

Melinda teaches at MEBA. She also trained at MEBA and danced with Northern Ballet Company (Akl), Timothy Gordon’s Company Z and Mary Jane O’Reilly’s Auckland Dance. Melinda also taught ballet at various schools in and around London including freelancing at the RAD Headquarters between 2006 & 2009.

16. WE HAVE COME TO BE DANCED  Ormiston College

Choreographed by Justin Haiu and dancers

Performed by Alisha Buitendag, Ravinder Kaur, Shaniel Kumar, Mika Lagera, Taz Lamb, Teeroy Leo, Gemma-Jayde Naidoo, Rina Oge, Ninoshca Remedios, Grace Tuliakiono, Danielle Willis, Tyla Hewitt, Fetu Papalii-Tigifagu, Julie-Anne Pedrido

Music    Instrumental – Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking Epic Rap Battles of History 7

Justin Haiu is a choreographer/ dancer for The New Zealand Dance Company. Improvisation, experimentation and collaboration between Haiu and dancers from Ormiston Senior College has resulted in this work. The driving questions for the piece are, what is dance? And who can dance?


Choreographed by Brigitte Knight

Performed by Danielle Anderson, Jahna Batt, Jade Egan, Christian Herrera, James Holt, Kaila Lee, Megan Naicker, Dylan Primrose, Ruhi Ramkissoon, Johnlevy Rocreo, Nana Salvatora, Anwell Sienna, Jean Tuamasopa, Henry Vehikite

Music    And We Danced & Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Hookah Bar by Khiladi 786 feat. Akshay Kumer, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola by Sukhwinder Singh & Ranjit Bardot, Snake Charmer by Debbie Gibson, Radha by Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan & Vishal Shekhar, Telephone by Lady Gaga, Subha Hone Na De by Mika Singh & Shefali Alvaris,
I Could Be the One by Avicii

Auckland champions, the Glenfield College Bollywood Troupe perform a high-energy, exciting dance combining traditional movements, stunts and tumbling.  Our 2013 choreography celebrates the Year of the Snake.

Brigitte Knight is an experienced and innovative choreographer, dance educator with the RNZ Ballet and dance adjudicator.  She has created a broad range of works in a variety of genres for Tempo, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, NZ Fashion Week, Maori Television, En Route, Aotea Diwali, University of Auckland Diwali, The Radio Network and more.

Dance ,

Prospect of a bright future

Review by Hannah Thompson 21st Oct 2013

Secondary Colours is a showcase of 17 ensembles of young dancers from some of Auckland’s local secondary school dance programmes, dance studios and youth dance companies. With Tempo drawing to an end, the show brings an abundance of lively dancers to the stage to perform creative choreography that illustrates their youthful energy and enthusiasm for dancing. 

Kezia Crawford’s Mosaic performed by the Devonport School of Dance kicks off the show in a kaleidoscope of colour. The dance is the cylinder and the dancers the coloured objects, which move around each other creating moving images and patterns that merge into one another. This is a light-hearted piece that makes good use of formations and plays with accumulating movement in an almost predictable but nevertheless pleasing manner.

Later on in the show Carlene Newall’s Wing$ is performed by Wasabi Dance Crew. The piece is a response to the themes within Macklemore’s song ‘Wings’, and explores the pressure to fit into a culture of consumerism, that is seemingly defined by what you wear and the amount of branded apparel you own. The five young girls are dressed in Nike gear and deliver a strong performance that personifies their struggle and frustration with the pressure to conform, or as Macklemore puts it, to “fit in.” The dancers’ facial expressions supplement their strong hip hop movements, inclusive of body undulations, stomps, isolations and effective use of still images that are all performed with conviction. 

Ben Rogers and Jane Carter’s Miss-fit follows soon afterward and is performed by YMCA North Shore V-Dance. This is a peculiar piece that teases with the idea of leaving things up to chance, as a roll of the dice determines the movement, positioning of the dancers on stage and the props used. The dancers have a sense of certainty and comfort within the piece, that possibly indicates it has been rehearsed several times, and is perhaps not as unpredictable as intended. However the casual approach of the dancers adds to the quirkiness of the piece, which incorporates a multitude of random props, including buckets, kitchen utensils and sheets of one-dimensional glow in the dark dice.

Next up is Liana Yew and Jessie McCall’s Collective Lungs, performed by Pointy Dog Dance Company. The dance begins with a strong image of the dancers squirming across the floor towards a lone singer at the back of the stage, their heads covered by cardboard boxes. The stacking and passing on of the boxes are indicative of spreading contagions, accompanied by an effective use of accumulative canons that characterise an infection of a public space.

Melinda Palmer’s Les Miserables is a sophisticated display of extracts from the hit musical, performed by Mt Eden Ballet Academy. Elaborate costuming in an array of earthy tones compliments the dancers’ graceful movement, and I am blown away with the overall quality of ballet technique exhibited by the group as a whole. The smooth transitions, creative use of formations, and general display of elegance and balletic poise brings together this delightful piece, and is a real indicator of the quality of training received at MEBA.

We have come to be danced is a collaborative piece performed and choreographed by dancers from Ormiston College, in conjunction with choreographer Justin Haiu. The dance begins with a spotlight on a male dancer who fervently krumps to his own spoken word poetry; a powerful beginning to this expressive and dynamic piece. Hip hop isolations, partner manipulations and a creative use of various dance relationships are explored within this dance, however what makes this work stand out is the belief the dancers have in their movement, and the strong performance presence they maintain. We have come to be danced indicates the strong influence of hip hop dance in these young peoples lives and allows the dancers to make their presence known.

Secondary Colours is altogether a vibrant and energetic show jam-packed full of talent and creative potential. The variety of dance performances make inventive use of the stage space and explore a multitude of different formations and pathways, with many pieces incorporating innovative use of stage props that are utilised with intent.

I am excited at the prospect of a bright future for these emerging performers and look forward to seeing them continue to contribute to the development of dance in New Zealand.


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