Kanikani Dance AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
Te Wheke swims across the motu and makes its way down to Ōtepoti Dunedin.
“Reimagining Atamira over the deep plunge into the pandemic, Te Wheke then arrived on a surging wave to commemorate our 21st year milestone of creating and presenting inspirational Māori contemporary dance” Artistic Director, Jack Gray
Drawing on the whakapapa of Atamira Dance Company’s illustrious continuum and inspired by the symbology of the Octopus as kaitiaki, this large full-length work was collectively created by the leading navigators of Māori contemporary dance.
Eight dancers and eight choreographic practitioners - tuakana and teina, journey into the esoteric dimensions of human experience, revealing the eight tentacles of Te Wheke – Mauri, Whānau, Wairua, Whatumanawa, Hinengaro, Mana Ake, Tupuna, Tinana.
Solo and ensemble movement expressions occur within a sleek shape shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of Te Ao Māori emanate through accomplished patterns of video design, mesmeric soundscapes and subtle shimmering garments with reflective lighting enhancing the darkness and light.
“Atamira Dance Company continues to offer us complex, significantly crafted contemporary Māori dance." Megan Seawright, Theatreview 21 April 2021
20 minute post show talk
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THIS STUNNING SHOW WHILE YOU CAN
"There are moments that make you shudder and moments that have you on the edge of your seat. I would see this work again in a heartbeat."
Wed 19 Oct, 7.00pm
Regent Theatre ♿
75 mins + 20 mins post show talk
plus service fees