Atamira Dance Company


Drawing on the whakapapa of Atamira Dance Company’s illustrious continuum and inspired by the symbology of the Octopus as kaitiaki, this large full-length work was collectively created by the leading navigators of Māori contemporary dance.

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Performing Arts Global Exchange program with Mid Atlantic Arts | Tour to the USA, March & April 2023

Kahilu Theatre, Waimea
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Outreach College, Honolulu

New York (Manahatta, Lenapehoking)
The Joyce Theatre, New York

California (Kumeyayy territory, San Diego)
University of California San Diego, San Diego
Cahuilla territory, Riverside
University of California, Riverside

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Eight dancers and eight choreographic practitioners - tuakana and teina, journey into the esoteric dimensions of human experience, revealing the eight tentacles of Te Wheke – Mauri, Whānau, Wairua, Whatumanawa, Hinengaro, Mana Ake, Tūpuna, Tinana.

Solo and ensemble movement expressions occur within a sleek shape shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of Te Ao Māori emanate through accomplished patterns of video design, mesmeric soundscapes and subtle shimmering garments with reflective lighting enhancing the darkness and light.

“Atamira Dance Company continues to offer us complex, significantly crafted contemporary Māori dance." 

Megan Seawright, Theatreview 2021

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21st March - 14th April 
Hawai'i, New York, California | USA

26th August - 9th September, 19th October 
Ngāmotu, Heretaunga, Te Papa-i-Oea, Ōtepoti | Aotearoa 

11th June - 24th June, 13th August 
Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Ōtautahi, Whangārei | Aotearoa

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“Te Wheke” is an accomplished work of many layers…anyone can see these as ancestors, representatives of a culture that Atamira furthers in its homeland and is now sharing with New York”

Brian Seibert, New York Times, 2023 

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"Head cocked, Oli Mathiesen flits across the space as if from tree to tree, buoyant with the force of a bird, or sprite. Abbie Rogers’ kinaesthetic precision is fascinatingly machinic—an arm cuts air; a pivot is a sudden and total reorientation. With each movement, Nancy Wijohn musters a geologic power. "

Amit Noy, Contemporary Hum 2023 

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Jack Gray and Marama Lloydd

Artistic Director

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

Executive Producer

Marama Lloydd | Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa

Assistant Directors

Kelly Nash | Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi
Taane Mete | Ngāti Kahungunu 


Dolina Wehipeihana | Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tukorehe

Rehearsal Director (2023 US tour)

Kelly Nash | Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi