HOU (Years 9-13)

Atamira Dance Company  Aotearoa / New Zealand

Atamira mix the traditional with the now, to take the solid grounding of their culture and make it speak in new ways and forms

NZ Theatreview

Experience the freshest Māori contemporary dance of 2013 by joining Atamira Dance Company as three choreographers unveil their new works.

In Mahi Waewae, Nancy Wijohn will explore a new choreographic idea - interpreting the physical and psychological elements of sport, Māori warfare and athletic ability through dance. This is a highly physical exploration of culture, physicality, strength, weakness and mental prowess.

Cathy Livermore's new work He Maunga: He Kohatu plants itself within a Māori world view to try and uphold what has always been known in contrast to the consumerist society we are allowing to rule us. Using popular music, chant and song, the work references overseas land sales, early land protests and mighty hikoi journeys.

Founding Atamira member, Jack Gray will continue his provocative theatrical exploration of relationships to pepeha - where and how we identify ourselves - in this next chapter of his full-length work Mitimiti. Using spoken word, a live sound score, microphone and pedal choreography, Mitimiti is an exhilarating and edgy performance that responds to urban Māori experiences of separation, dispossession and loss.

A creative Q & A session follows the performance where students can learn more about the background to the work and the choreographic process.

Atamira Dance Company is one of New Zealand's leading Māori contemporary dance companies, creating professional dance works inspired by Aotearoa's history, legends and contemporary issues.
Through their work, Atamira evoke a full world experience of diversity through generational platforms that unite today's Māori and non-Māori viewpoints.

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