Upping tempo for dance fest
Celia Walmsley is set to get Auckland dancing as she celebrates a decade of one of this country’s most popular festivals.
She is director of the Tempo Dance Festival which runs until October 20 at Q theatre, in Queen St.
Ms Walmsley is ‘‘excited and honoured’’ to be at the helm again, particularly for the 10th anniversary celebration.
‘‘This is my second year in the role and I sure lucked in with getting the 10th anniversary,’’ she says.
The festival attracts established and upcoming dancers. With more than 700 dancers and choreographers involved in the 2013 programme, Ms Walmsley says it will be the biggest and best yet. ‘‘Everyone wants to be part of the 10th anniversary celebrations. Our dancers range in age from 4 years to 50-something.’’
The biggest event this year is the Gala Night, which features work from artists and choreographers who have been part of Tempo’s first decade.
Performers at the event include the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Michael Parmenter, Mary Jane O’Reilly and Charles Koroneho.
The festival will also feature Justin Haiu, the Hip Hop All Stars, Monisha Kumar, Aruna Po-Ching, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass, and Brian Jones.
Ms Walmsley moonlights as a professional photographer.
‘‘As a photographer I get to shoot the most amazing dancers, costumes, lights and moves. The poster this year is one of my favourites.
‘‘Andrew and Kayla were great dance models. Andrew is a top New Zealand hip hop dancer and Kayla is an amazing ballet and contemporary dancer.
‘‘Andrew competed with Identity at the World Hip Hop Champs in Las Vegas – the same champs in which Hip Op-eration Crew were involved.’’
Identity won silver at the worlds and will be performing in Y Chromozone at Tempo.
Being inspired: Celia Walmsley is directing Tempo Dance Festival for the second year.