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Atamira Dance Company is the standing place of Māori contemporary dance theatre in Aotearoa.

A collective of high-calibre choreographers, dance artists and designers have raised the bar in Māori performing arts since 2000.

With a reputation for dance theatre works about diverse personal narratives, Atamira is the focal point where cultural embodiment meets the dynamic of our ever-evolving urban reality.

Speeding towards a new global future, Atamira is activated through intercultural exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration and artistic development.

With a passion for excellence and innovation, Atamira empowers key impact-makers to navigate unchartered territories through exploration and discovery.


Atamira applies innovative choreographic processes, practices and performances. We blend high calibre creativity with state of the art production to communicate our work across platforms, online, onstage and in life. Whether through potent creativity or dynamic and bold physicality, we tell the truth of the human experience galvanised through years of developing and fine-tuning our craft.

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One selected choreographer a year has an opportunity to travel internationally to broaden their networks and knowledge.

In April 2018, Bianca Hyslop created and presented "Pōhutu" at Gibney Dance in New York City and at University of California Los Angeles. She also studied at Chunky Move in Melbourne for "One Body, One Career, Countertechnique Intensive" in July.


Annual choreographic development workshops enable future stars a chance to delve into their craft inside our high performance environment.

2018's Hou recipients enjoyed their Atamira directorial debut. Bianca Hyslop's "Pōhutu" and Eddie Elliot's "Behind the Canvas" were performed at Unitec Dance Studios in May.


Diverse choreographic voices are a feature of our mixed bill presentations performed by Atamira's premium touring company.

Regional, urban and international audiences enjoy our work through invitations to festivals such as: Tempo Dance Festival (Auckland), Auckland Arts Festival, Pulima Arts Festival (Taiwan), Guangdong Dance Festival (China) and Chang Mu Dance Festival (Korea).

In October 2018, we open Tempo Dance Festival at Auckland's Q Theatre with "Kotahi" by Louise Potiki Bryant, Jack Gray and guest Australian choreographer Frances Rings.


Mainbill presentation is the vessel where our senior practitioners can flex their choreographic muscle.

Esteemed Māori choreographers such as Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngai Tahu 32, Taonga), Jack Gray (Mitimiti, Kotahi), Moss Patterson (Moko, Awa, Marama, Pango) and Kelly Nash (Atamira, Manaia) have contributed to Atamira's incredible body of works alongside New Zealand's best theatre and marketing designers.

In 2018, we tour two works by Moss Patterson including: "Marama" - a collaboration at Chang Mu Dance Festival in August and "Pango" - a New Zealand tour of seven regional centres in October/November.

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

Funded by Creative New Zealand through the Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment Programme, Atamira primarily works with Māori dancers and designers and also collaborates with other New Zealand and internationally based dancers, artists, designers and presenters.

Atamira acknowledges an extended whānau (community) of past, present and future contributors, who meet annually in Tikanga Wānanga (cultural gatherings) to strengthen relationships and provide consultation for future pathways.

With aspirations to provide continuity and support, the company responds to constant change in the world around them and are guided to stay connected to the things that truly matter.


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