Atamira Dance Company
Bianca Hyslop
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi-Wāhiao, Pākehā
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Bianca is a freelance artist/dancer/choreographer. She has worked specifically within the Māori Contemporary Dance Sector both nationally and internationally for over fifteen years having been involved in highly influential dance projects including indigenous development, cultural research and cross-cultural laboratories for interdisciplinary art makers. From the beginning of Bianca’s career Atamira Dance Company has been her backbone. A guiding force both within the company as well as supporting her growth and development as an independent artist.

Bianca’s work within Atamira Dance company includes:

2023/2024 upcoming double bill premiering in 2024 alongside Eddie Elliott 

2021 ‘Tomo VR’, Atamira dance Company (Doc Edge XR Exhibition, Matriarchs Uprising, Vancouver, SXSW Sydney) (Performer)

2019 ‘Tomo’, Atamira Dance Company, Gaby Thomas (Performer)

2018 ‘Atamira’, Atamira Dance Company, Kelly Nash (Performer)

2018 Atamira Dance Company's Hou Season (Choreographer)

2017 ‘Mitimiti’, Atamira Dance Company, Jack Gray (Performer)

2015 ‘Moko’, Atamira Dance Company, Moss Patterson (Korea, China) (Performer)

2015 'Te Manu Ahi - The Firebird' Atamira Dance Company + Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Performer)

2013 ‘Kaha’ (Short works), Atamira Dance Company (Solomon Islands Pacific Dance Festival, Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Honolulu), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, Chang Mu Dance Festival, Seoul and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. (Performer)

2011 ‘Taonga’, Lousie Potiki Bryant, Atamira Dance Company (Performer)

2011 ‘Ngai Tahu 32’, Louise Potiki Bryant, Atamira Dance Company (Performer)

2010 ‘Whetū’, Atamira Dance Company (Performer)

Bianca also works in collaboration with her partner and artist Rowan Pierce. The pair have co-directed two full-length works ‘He Huia Kaimanawa’, Auckland Arts Festival, 2023, ‘Pōhutu’ 2019 both receiving critical acclaim.

Most recently Bianca has completed ‘Heke Poutuarongo Reo’ a three year immersion degree in Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga from Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Other accolades include: ‘Tup Lang Choreographic Award’ (2019, CNZ). ‘Eileen May Norris Scholarship’ (2013) ‘Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts’, Unitec (2009).