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Short works

Kaha, a new short works programme of dance by Atamira Dance Company, celebrates the strength and pride of Maori contemporary dance. A high energy, engaging show featuring eight of the freshest and best from New Zealand’s leading Maori Contemporary Dance Company. This exciting, high calibre contemporary dance show is supported by kiwi electronic music, original acoustic recordings; live waiata, and haka!

Kaha, is comprised of 8 short works choreographed by members of the company. Artistic Director Moss Patterson, presents three NEW short works ’Haka’ a contemporary work fusing traditional movement, ‘Moko’ a fast full cast piece, exploring the art of body tattoo, and ‘Koru’ inspired by the spiral design, as seen in Maori art. Piata’, Taane Mete’s work is a breathtaking female solo exploring the idea of an entity existing between two worlds, and inspired by the mythical Patupaiarehe. Kelly Nash presents a compelling NEW high-vibe work choreographed to pumping Drum’Bass; a special feature, favourite excerpt from Ngai Tahu 32 choreographed by former Atamira member Louise Potikit-Bryant, and Jack Gray’s edgy new contemporay piece, Mitimiti.Completing the programme will feature a full stage, full cast version of the popular dance Poi E! This well known and loved dance from the hit New Zealand movie, 'BOY', is Choreographed by Dolina Wehipeihana, and combining Kapa Haka and Michael Jackson moves will get the crowd singing and dancing! POI E!

Kaha encompasses a range of styles, and themes including traditional inspired HAKA, complex choreographic ensemble, duet, quartet, a heart-wrenching solo, a classic from the companies repertoire, and cleverly showcases the diversity of contemporary dance and of the company.

"...Kaha is easy on the eye, providing a sense of how, when dancers work with deep cultural understanding, mana, ihi and genuine integrity it can be entirely appealing and accessible to audiences".

Linda Ashley, Noted, 2013

  • Choreography
  • Moss Patterson
  • Jack Gray
  • Taane Mete
  • Kelly Nash
  • Louise Potiki-Bryant
  • Dolina Wehipeihana