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Jack Gray

Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa
Artistic Director

Make a superb visual experience that moves, shocks, and uplifts people.

Jack Gray

Jack Gray is an internationally reknowned choreographer, dancer and founding member of Atamira Dance Company.

In January 2018, Jack was appointed as Artistic Director. Jack’s international itinerary of events includes choreographing for Festival 2018 (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games), co-producing I LAND 2018 at Gibney Dance Center, New York City, as UC Regent’s Lecturer at UCLA and guest speaker at Urban X Indigenous IV in San Francisco, California.

Jack as a partner of I Moving Lab curated I LAND 2017 – 27 public events in 5 cities including Honolulu, Hawaii, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Illinois and New York City, New York. Other I Moving Lab Highlights include: Indigenous Stamina: Tactics & Revelations at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, The Culmination at Mark Morris Dance Centre, Ruatepupuke at The Field Museum of Chicago, In Conversation 1 & 2 at KDC Works and Tasdance in Tasmania, Two Flows: Tree to River at Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2016, Jack was an Artist in Residence at Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, curating a Welcome Event, Round Table Session, Traditional Songs Workshop, Exploring Lenapehoking Adventure, Indigenous Contemporary Dance Workshops and Indigenous Dance Forum at Dixon Place, New York.

Jack is also a writer and lecturer and has taught at the University of California, Riverside, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Make a superb visual experience that moves, shocks, and uplifts people.

Jack Gray

Repertoire

Mitimiti rests somewhere in the dunes, and on the edges of bloodied dreams, calling us to enter a new realm. The bones of yourself, of an ancestor, a whale, a house become fleshed out by multiple design and movement innovations, unveiling the secrets of the Atamira (platform) in a unique multi-level gallery-style. Mitimiti is the departure point to disrupt, reconfigure, and invoke.

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 opens Tempo Dance Festival with pre-show ceremony in Q Theatre and premieres Onepū (Sand) by Louise Potiki Bryant.

Mitimiti is a story of venture, loss, honouring our kaitiaki and coming home. In 75 minutes, the production weaves together a range of stunning visuals, vocals, instrumental music and contemporary dance, to create a multi-disciplinary narrative that lingers long after the show is over.

NZ Herald

  • Education
  • Choreography
  • Unitec Institute of Technology, Bachelor’s Degree of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance and Choreography), 1998
  • I LAND 2017 27 public events, 5 cities 

  • July 22-25
  • July 31-Aug 1
  • Aug 17-19
  • Aug 28-31
  • Sept 1-23
  • 2017 Highlights include:
  • Indigenous Stamina: Tactics & Revelations
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Northern Territory The Culmination
  • Mark Morris Dance Centre & Calicoon
  • New York/Lenapehoking Ruatepupuke
  • The Field Museum of Chicago & Jackalope Theater
  • Chicago/Shikako
Na’Lå’La
  • Velocity Dance Center
  • Seattle/Duwamish & New Expressive Works
  • Portland/Multnomah In Conversation 1 & 2
  • KDC Works
  • Tasdance
  • Tasmania/Lutruwita
Two Flows: Tree to River
  • Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival
  • Melbourne/Narrm Indigenous Dance Forum 2
  • St Paul st Art Gallery
  • Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau
I Moving Lab tour
  • Whaingaroa/Raglan
  • Piha
  • Ohinemutu
  • Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa
  • Tokomaru Bay
  • Whanganui
Lukao Fuha/Hikoi Piha