Image by Toaki Okano

Te Wheke

Atamira marks 21 years with the premiere of their explosive new contemporary dance work Te Wheke.

Te Wheke refers to the Octopus, our guardian on this 21 year long journey from past into future, activating healing in this time we all share.

Eight dancers and eight practitioners both tuakana and teina, explore the multi-layered dimensions of human experience, symbolised by the eight tentacles of Te Wheke.

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.

Te Wheke Post Show Talks Friday 7.30pm & Saturday 1pm

 ‘…Atamira Dance Company continues to offer us complex, significantly crafted contemporary Māori dance’ 

Creative Credits

Concept Jack Gray & Marama Lloydd
Executive Producer Marama Lloydd
Artistic Director Jack Gray
Assistant Directors Kelly Nash, Taane Mete
Choreographic 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


17 – 19 June
7.30pm; Sat 1pm


Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road


$35     Full Price
$25     Concession
$25     Groups 6+
$25     Student (booked)
$15     Student (standby)

Learn More About the Collective

Based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Māori contemporary dance theatre from Aotearoa New Zealand. The work embodies a unique artistic landscape shaped by the cultural identity of our people and their stories. We are driven by choreographic and design excellence in an ever-expanding repertoire of local and cross-cultural dance works.

As a dance collective, we offer a rich and diverse programme guided by high calibre choreographers. Our research-based practice keeps us at the forefront of cultural and technical innovation, a process of deep collaboration and genuine openness to risk-taking and experimentation. Audiences have experienced unforgettable performances by dancers driven by a strong vision. We are here to celebrate and share our Māori culture through the arts, and to grow the arts through cultural innovation.