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Atamira Dance Company creates and produces high quality Māori contemporary dance theatre through choreographic development, mixed and main bill works, national and international touring.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Atamira has evolved since its foundation in 2000 to proudly occupy an important cultural niche in the national performing arts sector.

Innovative dance theatre works embodying diverse narratives, Atamira is strengthened by a variety of unique cultural practices and choreographic processes.


Atamira Dance Company is funded by Creative New Zealand to deliver a programme of works for the following strands:

  • Tūhono
  • Hou
  • Kaha
  • Taumata


Community strengthening through Tikanga Wānanga and schools workshops


New concept development for a choreographer in a studio environment for 2 weeks


Mixed bill and/or touring presentations of a single work in regional and international settings


Development and presentation of a senior choreographic voice in a main bill presentation

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The Company

Artistic Director Jack Gray and Executive Director Marama Lloydd became the new leadership team in 2018.

Atamira celebrates Māori dancers and designers who collaborate with other dancers, artists, designers and presenters.

Atamira acknowledges whānau as an important part of the organisation, a pool of practitioners who contribute to Atamira as well as the broader Maori contemporary dance sector.


The Atamira Dance Collective Charitable Trust was formed in 2007 to support the growth of Atamira.

Dolina Wehipeihana (Chair)
Head of Programming at the Auckland Arts Festival, and independent producer for Betsy & Mana Productions.

Moana Nepia
Assistant Professor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Arts Editor for The Contemporary Pacific - A Journal of Island Affairs.

Wendy Preston
Artistic Director of MIXIT with over 30 years experience in the performing arts industry.

Paul McLaney
General Manager of Mushroom Music Publishing, award-winning musician and advocate for artists' rights.

Puawai Cairns
Senior Curator Māori Contemporary Culture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Contact Us

Street address:

Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland 0612

+64 9 838 5780

Mailing address:

Atamira Dance Company
P.O Box 21019, Henderson,
Auckland 0650, New Zealand

Jack Gray
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa
Artistic Director
+64 21 197 0833

Marama Lloydd
Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa
Executive Director
+64 21 262 1288