Atamira Dance Company
Kelly Nash
Interim Artistic Manager
Ngāpuhi, Ngaiterangi, Ngāti Pakeha
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Kelly Nash was born in Auckland, Tamaki Makaurau, NZ and is of Ngāpuhi and Ngaiterangi decent.
A Whanau member of Atamira Dance Company Kelly works as a performer, dancer, choreographer, healer and director for the company. Kelly has joined Atamira’s embrace since collaborating in Curve Dance Collective's production of Signed in 2003.

Kelly’s skill is working collaboratively with other artists incorporating holistic and cultural practices inspired by visual art, film, avant garde theater and comedy. Kelly’s choreography Indigenarchy was presented by Atamira Dance Company and performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, San Francisco, Hawaii and toured throughout New Zealand.
An award winning independent choreographer Kelly most recently collaborated with Nancy Wijohn to produce and direct the works Ahua and Lick My Past, through N & K collective. Kelly was awarded Best Short Work, Best Stage Design and Most Outstanding Work for ‘Souvenirs of what I was described as Happiness’ and awarded the Tup Lang Choreographic award for development of MEME skin.

Kelly is a teacher of Contemporary Technique, Contact Improvisation, Partnering Technique, Flinchlock Release Therapy, Choreography and Somatics.

A performer in high demand with a career that has spanned 20 years Kelly is known for her performance for Douglas Wright, Shona McCullagh(NZDC), Daniel Belton, Anne Dewey, Mary Jane O’Reily and Carol Brown.

In the last few years Kelly’s interest has grown into studying text, theater, clowning and mask. Kelly performed in Pedro Ilgenfritz Comic Interludes (commedia dell’arte), has co-directed for the Northland Youth Theatre and was accepted into the Melbourne Directors Lab 2017.
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Te Hā Te Kā - KIKO (2022) 

In 2021, Body Island produced a series of films and photography thanks to Creative NZ funding.

This work is an experimentation of the relationship to those films and live performance.

Ngahere - KIKO (2022) 

We are in the forest.

‘What sickens in the wake of your crescent armature? Your body judders. The steel moon bounces. Your fingers quiver as if to sense the world. Your dream-like wiri is the belly of a tired and irate Earth.

The bite of your eyes makes my skin dance with the imminent recognition of liveness or mortality or the wicked, teeth-grinding pleasure of the senses of an ending-…?’ Amit Noy

"Despite the bulbous costume Wijohn and Mete go match-for-match in dance athleticism, and in a fluid gender interplay, keep flipping roles back and forth, so enigmatically that gender appears only to disappear."
- Jaqs Clarke, Theatreview (2022)

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Atamira (2017) 

The literal meaning of "atamira" is "stage" and another meaning of the word is "platform for the dead body" and the process of caring for those who have died. This new work investigates themes of death, aloneness, time, Maori culture, ageing and sexuality.

" extraordinary and beautiful mix of story-telling, a taha Māori mystical weaving of memory, deep mourning and ceremony."
- Francesca Horsely, Theatrescenes, 2017

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Mā - Manaia (2016) 

A powerful duet that reverses common known myths and histories.

"...multifaceted subject of gender: stereotypes, and patriarchal hierarchies."
- Sarah Knox, Threatreview, 2016

Kelly Nash's work