Atamira Dance Company
DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Artistic Director Jack Gray marks the 21 years of Atamira Dance Company with their collaborative new work Te Wheke.
The work brings together leading names in contemporary dance from Aotearoa including arts laureate Louise Potiki Bryant, Dolina Wehipeihana, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Gabrielle Thomas, Kura Te Ua and Bianca Hyslop.
These eight choreographic practitioners, with a cast of eight dancers including the renowned Sean MacDonald, explore the dimensions of human experience symbolised by the eight tentacles of Te Wheke— the Octopus, a powerful guardian on this journey from past into future.
Solo and ensemble expressions of darkness and light occur within a shape shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of symbolism emanate through the magical visual patterning and mesmeric soundscapes with lighting enhancing all – both revealing and hiding.
Titiro ki muri, haere whakamua. Look back, move forward.
“These are creative declarations to the world, and this is Kaupapa Maori Contemporary Dance in all guises of existence”. – Megan Seawright, Theatreview
The performance will be followed by Q&A with practitioners, or register to join kaikanikani for the free Atamira Dance Company Workshop.