Marama Lloydd (Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa)
Marama Lloydd, of Ngati Kahu and Te Rarawa descent, joined Atamira Dance CompanyasExecutive Director and Producer in 2018 after 7 years with Auckland Arts Festival as the Education and Community Programme Manager. Marama has a depth of knowledge in the Māori contemporary dance sector, starting her career as dancer in training with Te Kanikani o Te Rangatahi in 1985 then becoming an original company member of Taiao Dance Theatre in 1987. Marama also brings a strong understanding of the wider dance industry and governance in the arts sector following 13 years on the board of the NZ Dance Festival Trust (Tempo Dance Festival) including serving as Chair/Co-Chair from 2011–2016. She is a qualified secondary school teacher of dance and Te Reo Māori and a former fashion designer under her label MARAMA and was a co-director of renowned Auckland fashion collective Moa Unlimited. During this time Marama was part of the Atamira whanau as a costume designer forTe Houhi and the successful Atamira and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Auckland Dance Projects. She has since created costumes for the 21 anniversary work Te Wheke. Marama is the mother of 2 adult sons and lives in west Auckland.
Jack Gray (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa)
Born in Auckland, Aotearoa, Jack Gray is a world class recognised Māori contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher, facilitator and writer. He is a founding member and became Artistic Director of Atamira Dance Company in 2018.
His independent arts practice spans two decades and has taken him all over the world where he engages with diverse audiences in community-centred spaces of Indigenous knowledge exchange, such as Cultural Informance Lab (California), Transformance Lab (New York), I Moving Lab (USA, Australia, NZ), Indigenous Dance Forum (New York), I LAND (Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York), Intentional Indigenous Artform Exchange (New York) and more. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of California Riverside, Artist in Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Regent’s Scholar at UCLA/World Arts and Cultures. Jack has published writings in Dance Europe Magazine, Danz magazine, Theatreview, Te Kaharoa and Biography. Jack has produced interdisciplinary works for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Hawaii), Berkeley Dance Project (UC Berkeley), FestPAC (Guåhan/Guam), Yirramboi Festival (Narrm/ Melbourne), Festival 2018 (Gold Coast), Te Whainga (Auckland Museum/Smithsonian Museum) and more.
Jack creatively devises Indigenous approaches towards enhanced relationships between place, people and potential. He has been invited as a cultural ambassador with Dancing Earth (New Mexico), International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium (Massachusetts), First Nations Colloqium (South Africa), Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Canada), University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Blakdance (Australia). Another ongoing platform is Movement for Joy, a class that is inclusive to all, which looks at joy and authentic embodiment as an opportunity to dynamically connect more productively with the self and others.
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