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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 and Foundation North to deliver a programme of works for the following strands:

  • Tūhono
  • Hou
  • Huarahi
  • Taumata
  • Te Ao


Tuhono is a strand for wānanga (Māori cultural practice and knowledge exchange).
Atamira company members connect with expert cultural practitioners to discuss, experiment and learn from Matauranga Māori (knowledge and skills embracing Māori world-view concepts) including language, song, prayer, ceremony, oratory and storytelling.
Tuhono is where we embody Atamira’s unique tikanga/values through workshop activities (in studio, on marae, in nature). It is a space where dancers gain a deeper insight into Indigenous creation stories, spirituality, historic and contemporary relationships to people and land.


HOU is an annual strand for choreographic and artistic development.
This is a supported process of investigation and refinement for choreographic experimentation and development of methodologies and concepts. Choreographers utilise foundations of cultural practice to develop ideas that are enmeshed with their whakapapa (past, present and future lineages and convergences), as well as embarking on their own unique pathway.


HUARAHI Is ATAMRA's annual touring NZ programme strand - presenting Matauranga Māori through dance to diverse audiences. Huarahi aims to not only broaden audience perspectives of Māori contemporary dance but also to increase and encourage accessibility for regional Māori populations to attend a theatrical presentation by Māori artists.


TAUMATA is the presentation strand which brings together the highest quality knowledge and skills of the choreographers, dancers and designers. This place of elevation is where Atamira showcases it’s unique world view and brings the best of contemporary Māori dance to the nation and the world.
Works can range from to short to medium choreographic works presented by a stand-alone choreographer or as a collective showcase in a mixed bill, up to large-scale choreographic works often in an artistic co-production with a collaborative partner or organisation.

Te Ao

TE AO is ATAMIRA"S international programme which includes: researching target markets, presenting overseas and hosting residencies in Aotearoa for international choreographers.
Ki te Ao is about creating engaged relationships with international presenters, partners, organisations and institutions that enable us to take our work into different cultural contexts.
Mai te Ao invites a high profile, international Indigenous guest choreographer to be in residence with the company sharing repertory and workshops with the intent to develop a new work with the company.

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The Company

Atamira is led by Artistic Director Jack Gray and Executive Director Marama Lloydd.

Atamira celebrates creativity, personal expression, Matauranga Māori, whakapapa and the land we live on. Our highly skilled dancers, designers and production staff, together with the partners and presenters that support our work are valued and supported within a framework of tikanga Māori.

Atamira acknowledges whānau as an important part of the organisation, a pool of practitioners who contribute to Atamira as well as the broader Māori 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
Musical Director for The World of Wearable Arts, Writer Relations Manager for Native Tongue Music Publishing, past Director of Mushroom Music Publishing. Award-winning musician and Deputy Chair of the NZ Music Commission.

Puawai Cairns
Head of Mātauranga Māori 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