Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Maori contemporary dance theatre in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The work embodies a unique landscape shaped by the cultural identity of people and their stories. Atamira's choreographers, dancers and designers are a reflection of the diverse cross-section of voices in Aotearoa today. The company creates compelling, high- quality Maori contemporary dance theatre that reaches out to audiences and reflects the many aspirations of Aotearoa's Mana Whenua.
Kotahi is a unique international collaboration with Atamira Dance Company (Aotearoa) and NAISDA Dance College in Darkinjung Country (Australia). Three new contemporary dance works are presented over two extraordinary programmes, showcasing choreographers Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu), Jack Gray (Te Rarawa, Ngati Porou) and Frances Rings (Kokatha).
Kotahi I (Thursday 4 October) opens Tempo Dance Festival with pre-show ceremony in Q Theatre and premieres Onepū (Sand) by Louise Potiki Bryant.
Kotahi II (Friday 5 October) concludes the season with Jack Gray’s Indigenous Stamina and Shapeshift by Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Company).
Q&A// There will be a post-show artist talk with Kotahi choreographers following the Friday performance, followed by a live DJ and kai in the Q Barfoot & Thompson Lounge.