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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 a dance artist and choreographer of Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou lineage, appointed Atamira Artistic Director in 2018.
Jack works with a lens of global interdisciplinarity exploring cultural activation and community facilitation.

As a founding member of Atamira, Jack’s repertoire includes “Freshly Minted”, “Hail”, “Maapuna”, “Mitimiti” and “Indigenous Stamina”. He has performed internationally in the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Australia, the U.S (Hawaii, San Francisco, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival) with productions such as “Ngai Tahu 32”, “Memoirs of Active Service”, “Whakairo”, “Taonga”, “Kaha” and “Te Houhi”.

Jack has worked as a dramaturge, choreographer, Assistant Professor, Artist in Residence and facilitator at Dancing Earth, New Mexico, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Riverside, University of Riverside at Los Angeles, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, California Institute of Integral Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Toronto, Illinois State University, First Nations Colloquium, South Africa, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Festival 2018, Gold Coast, Gibney, New York, Urban X Indigenous, San Francisco and more.

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

Jack Gray


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 were presented over two extraordinary programmes, showcasing choreographers Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu), Jack Gray (Te Rarawa, Ngati Porou) and Frances Rings (Kokatha).

Kotahi I opened Tempo Dance Festival with pre-show ceremony in Q Theatre and premiered 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
  • 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