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Gabrielle Thomas

Tomo tells the tale of a wairua entering the world of light. With shifting architecture Tomo interprets the proverbial hearts of three wāhine, carriers of ancient worlds, broadest horizons and greatest depths. Their inherent power holds the hidden treasures of our tupuna within and beyond the whare tangata.

Gabrielle Thomas is a choreographer and dancer of Kāi Tahu and Te Atiawa te Tau Ihu descent. Her choreographies are inspired by Māori philosophies and traditional practices, mythologies and raranga (weaving) and often incorporate her personal experiences growing up. A first full-length work by choreographer Gabrielle Thomas with collaborators Peter Hobbs (music) and Vanda Karolczak (design), Tomo dives between the boundaries of light (Tama Nui Te Ra) and darkness (Te Marama) to evoke a hauntingly spellbinding experience resonating with autobiographical and ancestral memories.

"Tomo is not only an extremely dynamic piece, but also is visually stimulating to watch. There is no denying the talent that Tomo holds, offering the audience a unique Maori contemporary dance experience that took us on a journey between light and darkness to evoke a hauntingly spellbinding performance. The powerful work highlights exactly why Atamira are the leading producer of Māori Contemporary Dance in New Zealand" - Lauren Sanderson, DANZ

  • 2019
  • 9 - 10 Oct
  • Q Theatre, Auckland
  • Choreography
  • Creative Team
  • Performers
  • Gabrielle Thomas
  • Creative Direction: Gabrielle Thomas
  • Composer: Peter Hobbs
  • Designer: Vanda Karolczak
  • Set Construction: Graham Collins
  • Costume Construction: Vicki Slow
  • Bianca Hyslop
  • Sean MacDonald
  • Abbie Rogers
  • Jahra Wasasala