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Choreographed and co-edited by Gabrielle Thomas with VR filmmaker Ed Davis

First premiered as part of KAHA - Tripleboost 2022

Atamira presents our first foray into the world of Virtual Reality (VR) which is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Individual headsets provide the perfect platform for an innovative choreographic and digital interpretation of TOMO, a work that first premiered in 2019 at Tempo Festival.

With shifting architecture TOMO interprets the proverbial heart of three wāhine travelling through Te Ao Kikokiko (the land of the living). A battle between self and the source begins when one lost and lonely wairua enters their world.

"Through the intimacy and attentiveness of virtual reality, you stare directly into his eyes, see the sweat dripping down his face. Three wāhine, women, appear to help the wairua on his journey into the world of light. Weaving through space, they highlight the reflective potential of each other and their tīpuna, ancestors, behind them."

- Natasha van Etten (Theatreview)

  • 7th - 9th July 2022
  • Q Theatre Vault
  • Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
  • Choreographer
  • VR Filmmaker
  • Dancers
  • Production
  • Sound Design
  • Gabrielle Thomas (Kāi Tahu, Te Atiawa te Tau Ihu)
  • Ed Davis
  • Sean MacDonald (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane, Raukawa, Tuwharetoa)
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  • Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa)
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  • Abbie Rogers (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa)
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  • Cory-Toalei Roycroft (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungūnu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kauwhata)
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  • Madison Tumataroa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera)
  • Production Manager
  • Vanda Karolczak
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  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Caleb Heke (Ngāpuhi)
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  • Executive Director
  • Marama Lloydd (Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa)
  • Peter Hobbs