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Te Wheke - Atamira Dance Company

 

Date:

Fri 11 Jun 2021, 08:00 pm

Venue:

ASB Waterfront Theatre
Auckland
Auckland

Date:

Thu 17 Jun 2021, 07:30 pm

Venue:

Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Rd Newtown
Wellington

Category:

Dance, Contemporary, Maori Art, Auckland Region, Wellington Region,

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ATAMIRA MARKS 21 YEARS WITH THE PREMIERE OF TE WHEKE


Te Wheke is a powerful new full-length dance work from Atamira Dance Company, the inspirational collective that this year commemorates their 21st year as the leading creator and presenter of Māori contemporary dance. Eight dancers and eight practitioners both tuakana and teina, explore the dimensions of human experience symbolised by the eight tentacles of the mighty Te Wheke, in this explosive new contemporary dance work showing for two nights only at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on June 11 & 12 and for three nights at Kia Mau Festival from June 17-19.


“Atamira wanted to represent the legacy of the many artists who have contributed over the years, and instead of a retrospective collection we are producing something that holds all the hallmarks of what has made our mahi so integral to the dance landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau” says founding member and Artistic Director, Jack Gray.


Te Wheke refers to the Octopus, our guardian on this long journey from past into future, activating healing now in this time we all share. Solo and ensemble expressions of darkness and light occur within shape shifting worlds of floating black silk. Layers of symbolism emanate through magical AV patterning and mesmeric soundscapes with lighting enhancing all - both revealing and hiding.


Some of Aotearoa’s leading names in dance are involved in this milestone production, including Sean MacDonald, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Jack Gray, Dolina Wehipeihana, Gabrielle Thomas, Kura Te Ua, Bianca Hyslop and Louise Potiki Bryant, who foster the performance of some exceptional experienced and emerging talents. Te Whānau Atamira have come out in force to mark this momentous occasion and to honour the legacy of this incredible company’s colossal contribution to Māori contemporary dance.


Titiro ki muri, haere whakamua

Look back, move forward

*post show talk after performance on Saturday 12 June

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TE WHEKE RŌPŪ


Concept: Jack Gray and Marama Lloydd


Executive Producer: Marama Lloydd


Artistic Director: Jack Gray


Assistant Directors: Taane Mete, Kelly Nash


Dramaturg: Dolina Wehipeihana


Practitioners: Jack Gray, Bianca Hyslop, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Louise


Potiki Bryant, Kura Te Ua, Gabrielle Thomas, Dolina Wehipeihana


Performers: Sean MacDonald, Eddie Elliott, Abbie Rogers, Cory-Toalei Roycroft, Emma Cosgrave, Caleb Heke, Oli Mathiesen, Dana Moore-Mudgway


Design: Louise Potiki Bryant, Paddy Free, John Verryt, Vanda Karolczak, Marama Lloydd


Brand Campaign: Osborne Shiwan

Event Dates

ASB Waterfront Theatre
Auckland
Auckland

Date:

Fri 11 Jun 2021, 08:00 pm

Until:

Sat 12 Jun 2021, 09:00 pm

Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
Wellington
11 Hutchison Rd Newtown

Date:

Thu 17 Jun 2021, 07:30 pm

Until:

Sat 19 Jun 2021, 02:00 pm

 
 
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