Meremere is a powerful, engaging work from an exceptional dancer, Rodney Bell | Ngāti Maniapoto. It’s a survival story that focuses on Rodney’s time living rough on the streets of San Francisco. A courageous response to an incredible series of life events; an inspirational performance with live music from the equally exceptional artist, Jol Mulholland.

Ultra Violet / The Autumn Ball Royal New Zealand Ballet

We welcome the Royal New Zealand Ballet back to the Festival with two brand new works. So new, that we have just rehearsal shots for one and the other is still to go into rehearsal at the time of writing.
Loughlan Prior choreographed Ultra Violet for a short season at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden early in 2020, but Covid put paid to the trip. So Wānaka gets to be the first audience anywhere to see this work exploring how birds and insects see at the ultraviolet end of the colour spectrum.

Tree Dancer

Chloe Loftus dances at night up in the branches of a tree. Come see this enchanting outdoor performance by New Zealand’s arboreal aerialist as the spotlight picks her out. “Chloe Loftus had me absolutely spellbound as she twirled and twisted in midair and daintily stepped from branch to trunk. She was spectacular. Not the kind […]

The New Zealand Dance Company – Kiss The Sky

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) forges its national and international reputation for powerful contemporary dance with its tour of Kiss The Sky, including a very special work for Wanaka.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet

Watch dancers from your national ballet company in a superb programme of contemporary works, including two that were commissioned to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the Land

Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the land is a dance film made in collaboration with dancers and musicians who are currently pupils at Mount Aspiring College. The choreography was created by improvising in various locations in Wanaka and the music was composed by music students who were also inspired by the textures, […]


KIRI is a performance combining dance, sculpture and video by choreographer/video artist Louise Potiki Bryant and clay artist Paerau Corneal, with a hypnotic soundscore by composer Paddy Free. Kiri means skin and when the dancer’s skin is adorned with clay by the sculptor, she transforms into a moving work of art. She senses the world […]


Come and see this gorgeous new video work on the large outdoor screen on the deck of the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace next to the Wanaka Hotel. For video artist Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu) a sense of place is incredibly important, so the Festival commissioned her to base a new work on Lake […]

The Kiss Inside

The Kiss Inside is a kinetic meditation on the search for ecstasy in our human culture. Religion, sex, drugs, extreme physical exertion, sado-masochism and of course dance itself are all explored in this new work.

The Wine Project

We create something magic and dangerous when we tend the vines, crush the grapes, and ferment the juice. The Wine Project invites you into a world of flavours and aromas, of ritual and revelry.