Atamira Dance Company
Vanda Karolczak
Kaiwhakaturanga | Production Manager

Originally from Montreal, Quebec on Turtle Island, Vanda has been living and
working in Aotearoa since 1999. 

Her lighting design work spanning over 30
years covers theatre, dance, television, fashion, and music during time spent
living in North America, the U.K, as well as New Zealand. She has a strong
background in working in the music industry during her time in the UK and
Canada touring with such acts as Robert Plant, Erasure, and Alexandre O’Neil
and spent 5 years touring with Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens. 

Since coming to
NZ Vanda has been involved in the Indigenous contemporary dance space, working with Atamira Dance Company on the award winning Ngai Tahu 32 and Taonga as well as Onepu, Memoirs of Active Service, Tomo, Mitimiti, Te Houhi and Ngā Wai which premiered in 2020 and Okareka Dance Company producing designs for  the internationally
acclaimed signature work, Mana Wahine (Okareka Dance Company) as well as
Manawa, Wired, and Hōkioi me te Vwōhali which premiered at the International
Arts Festival in Wellington 2020.  She continues to work with both companies as well as freelance on other dance projects in New Zealand.

Vanda also works in Biosecurity Compliance and is based in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Tamaki Makaurau and is a long-serving member of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club