Atamira Dance Company
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KAHA–Tripleboost offers audiences three ways to connect with Atamira. Esteemed dance visionary Sean MacDonald leads the charge opening the stage presentation with a solo performance, STILL, painting a self-portrait through physical movement. This is followed by KAHA - five short premiere dance pieces, episodic in nature, by emerging Māori choreographic and dance collaborators. Meanwhile downstairs in Vault, over 2 sessions from 6-7pm, limited audiences can immerse themselves in the world of the celebrated dance work TOMO for an all-new Virtual Reality film experience.

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Choreographed by Gabrielle Thomas

Atamira presents our first foray into the world of Virtual Reality (VR) which is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Individual headsets provide the perfect platform for an innovative choreographic and digital interpretation of TOMO, a work that first premiered in 2019 at Tempo Festival.

With shifting architecture TOMO interprets the proverbial heart of three wāhine travelling through Te Ao Kikokiko (the land of the living). A battle between self and the source begins when one lost and lonely wairua enters their world.

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Choreographed and performed by Sean MacDonald

A meandering through yesterdays curiosities. Of exuberance and melancholy, a clicking of snapshots..taking a pun(t) on (re)moving through a musing connectivity of randomly logical bone & muscle poetics. Presentation and internal. The stillness of anxiousness. A body influenced by the sequencing of time, a dance.


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Five short premiere dance pieces, episodic in nature, by emerging Māori choreographic and dance collaborators

“KAHA is about the strength of the collective, inspiring the ihi of the individual. We stand behind our young artists, many of whom transitioned between tertiary and professional dance career pathways during COVID-19. Atamira plants the seeds for choreographic visionaries of the future, continuing a great tradition of our company which fosters the many sides of a dance artist to excel in the world. It is difficult as a freelancer to sustain a practice and we are so happy to provide the stability and assurance that their voice matters!” says Artistic Director, Jack Gray.

Laying at the heart of KAHA is the precious relationship between teina and tuakana. Renowned dance luminaries Jack Gray (fromer Artistic Director), Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn (Co- Directors) guide choreographic artists Caleb Heke, Oli Mathiesen, Dana Moore-Mudgway, Abbie Rogers and Sherrick Martin (Atamira Debut) in their work with collaborating performers Cory-Toalei Roycroft and Madi Tumataroa. The aroha and respect for both generations of artists make for stunning and innovative contemporary dance performances.

INTERVIEW with Oli Mathiesen

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Kelly Nash | Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi


Nancy Wijohn | Te Rarawa, Tūhoe, Ngati Whaoa and Ngati Tahu

Artistic Director

Jack Gray | Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa