Pop Up Party

The Metamorphosis Artists

Sat 20 Feb




Cuba Mall

112 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


wheelchair accessible, casual, join in

It’s time to dance in the streets. Succumb to the rhythm of live percussion as dancers and musicians bring Cuba Street to life to get you into festival mood. Listen, watch, dance or catch the beat with us. Featuring percussionist Andreas Lepper and artists from Wellington’s buzzing dance scene. Bring your children, your friends or your dog and become part of the dancing streets.
These artists came together as the Metamorphosis Artists through 101 improvisations over Zoom during Lockdown. When all the Wellingtonians could finally meet in person sparks flew and inspirations collided. This Pop-Up Party brings the joy of real life art to you.

Andreas Lepper is a passionate percussive musician and teacher, playing in various bands with a passion for Balkan music. Andrea facilitates percussion sessions for the public, working with hugely diverse groups from school kids and people with disabilities to corporate clients. Andreas has been an accompanist for contemporary dance since 1986 and works regularly with the NZ School of Dance.

Yovana Lienqueo is a New Zealand based Dancer, Capoeira Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist. Born in Santiago de Chile. She considers the dance as an expression of the soul and a therapeutic method that facilitates self-knowledge, personal development, emotional transformation, empowerment, and self-care. Yovana has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Silvestre Dance Technique & Afro-Brazilian dances, Afro-contemporary, African dances & Afro-Cuban. Yovi studied at the School of Dance and Dance Academies in Santiago de Chile and continued to train in Afro-Brazilian dances and culture in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Australia. Yovana has experience with Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and Yoga practice, complimenting her job as a Psychologist. Yovana is a choreographer, artistic collaborator and performer in “Wellington Batucada” 

Mona Williams is a Guyanan storyteller, children's writer and educator. She has written numerous books, and has performed her work at various storytelling festivals and schools. The titles of her books give an idea of the vast, magical world they present, from The ant who refused titles (1975), to How we made a colour television show (1973). She also published her autobiography, Bishops: My Turbulent Colonial Youth in 1995.

Featuring Metamorphosis Artists: Andreas Lepper, Yovana Lienqueo and Mona Williams + more


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