Atamira Dance Company
Captured Movement
With Atamira Dance Company and Rachael Burke
Sat 25 May 2024 | 10am-1pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre

$75.00, all materials supplied
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This unique life drawing workshop offers participants a rare opportunity to capture the essence of dance, by attending a rehearsal by Atamira Dance Company for one of their upcoming performances.

Observe, study and translate to paper the graceful shapes and physical expression of a professional dance company as their various states of motion serve as inspiration for our artistic creations.

Guided by drawing tutor Rachael Burke, we’ll explore the subtlety of stillness; the tranquillity of slow meditative movement; the dynamics of duets and relationships; and the energy of fast-paced phrases, providing participants a truly rich and inspiring drawing experience.
This collaborative workshop will provide both parties with an energetic exchange, creating community engagement with Atamira’s creative process and a dynamic synergy between movement and art.

The two-hour drawing workshop will be followed by a chance to wind down together over shared kai after the dance rehearsal.
MAR 22, 2024
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Kua hinga he totara i te wao nui a Tane.
Moe mai e Tipene Bradshaw i roto te korowai aroha a o Tūpuna.

Today is the saddest day for our dance whanau as we prepare to farewell this special man who pioneered the art form of Māori contemporary dance or as Steve would say, Continuum Māori Dance. For him at the heart was the acknowledgment of whakapapa and ancestral past within a changing world.

He was many things to many people but our hearts go out to his loved ones - his children and mokopuna in whom his beauty will shine forever

Arohanui e hoa

Na Marama and Atamira xxx

Choreographed by Bianca Hyslop and Eddie Elliott
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During our first development in Nov-Dec 2023, Bianca and Eddie worked with 6 dancers; Abbie Rogers, Toalei Roycroft, Caleb Heke, Madi Tumataroa, Oli Mathiesen and Tai Taranui Hemana.

These explorations revealed exciting and innovative new ideas which will be brought to fruition over 8 weeks in June-July 2024, leading to the world premiere on July 25 at Q Theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau, followed by a short regional tour.

Linked creatively through a shared design team, Bianca's work 'HE ATUA, HE TŪPUNA, HE TANGATA’ is an interdisciplinary work where the performers become ancestors and the dance becomes the hopes and dreams of the future.
Eddie's work REMAIN speaks to the continuity, preservation, and vitality of whakapapa (ancestral heritage) and tikanga (cultural practices) reflecting a deep respect for the past, a commitment to the present, and a vision for the future.
Images captured by Kelly Nash

Directed by Kelly Nash
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More info on the film’s premiere to come 👀


Threading Frames
Joshua Faleatua
Tyler Carney-Faleatua
Elekis Poblete Teirney
Māhia Jermaine Dean aka Eyes of Kaos
Deb Frame
Raven Afoa-Purcell


Nancy Wijohn
Abbie Rogers
Toalei Roycroft
Presley Ziogas
Madi Tumataroa
Caleb Heke
Oli Mathiesen
Tai Taranui Hemana
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Images captured by Andi Crown and Jinki Cambronero

Karul Projects
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Next week we are thrilled to have Thomas E.S. Kelly from Karul Projects (Australia) in the studio for a cross cultural company collaboration.


Olivia Adams
Glory Tuohy-Daniell
Madi Tumataroa
Caleb Heke
Tai Taranui Hemana
Oli Mathiesen
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Thomas is a proud Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man.

Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, The FARM, Tasdance, Outer Urban Projects, GUTS and Urban Theatre Projects.

His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, CO_EX_EN, SILENCE, WEREDINGO and KURAMANUNYA. His works have toured nationally and nationally.

Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offers an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.

In 2017 Thomas co-created Karul Projects. A new company led by new First Nation voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is situated in South East Qld and Northern NSW, Australia.
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Images supplied by Thomas E.S Kelly, photographed by Jimblah, Shannon Hayes and Tiffany Garvie

Kelly Nash
For the two weeks in February 2024 Kelly Nash, Interim Artistic Manager and mana wahine, has been in choreographic residency exploring different provocations with 5 dance collaborators; Matiu Hamuera, Caleb Heke, Madi Tumataroa, Tai Taranui Hemana, Oli Mathiesen and secondment student from NZSD Sophie Sheaf-Morrison.

Kia mai ki te aka matua, kei mau ki te aka tāepa
Hold the vine rooted in the ground, not the vine hanging from the heavens.

This residency focused on letting the body’s connection to nature be the driving force in decision making; creating a depth of thinking and depth of being in our performance state, resting and slowing down as a form of anti capitalism and anti patriarchy and stepping into the timelessness, the rhythm of nature and our surroundings, nature as matrilineal.

The residency concluded on Friday with a showing open to Corban Estate resident artists outside on the beautiful whenua.
Images captured by Kelly Nash