Image by Toaki Okano

Te Wheke

Artistic Director Jack Gray marks the 21 years of  Atamira Dance Company with the collaborative new work Te Wheke. 

The work brings together Aotearoa’s leading names in contemporary dance including Arts Foundation Laureate Louise Potiki Bryant, Dolina Wehipeihana, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Gabrielle Thomas, Kura Te Ua and Bianca Hyslop.

These eight choreographic practitioners, with a cast of eight dancers including Sean MacDonald, explore the dimensions of human experience symbolised by the eight tentacles of Te Wheke — the Octopus, a powerful guardian on this journey from past into future.

Solo and ensemble expressions of darkness and light occur within a shape shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of symbolism emanate through the magical AV patterning and mesmeric soundscapes with lighting enhancing all – both revealing and hiding.

Post Show Q&A

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

Film Showing: Dreaming of Te Wheke 

Sat 19 June 4.30pm Te Auaha Cinema

A behind the scenes documentary of the making of Te Wheke, a 21st anniversary work showcases eight practitioners and eight performers and their collective search for identity, creativity, and connection. 

This glimpse of Māori contemporary dance process interweaves multi-generations together, offering unique insights into the minds, hearts, and bodies of the artists. Together, they have created meaningful and enduring memories, and draw upon this to honour their past, present and future.

FREE Bookings essential 

Book here

Open Dance Class with Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn 

Sat 19 June 10 – 11am Te Whaea

Part of a wānanga for wahine Māori in dance, join an open class with Atamira Dance Company led by movement artists Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn.   

Nancy and Kelly’s class will incorporate strength and conditioning to get the heart rate up while having some fun, learning a phrase of movement and partner stretching.

Suitable for professional dancers or tertiary level students. 

FREE For more information register HERE.

 ‘…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 & Osborne Shiwan

Brand Campaign Osborne Shiwan


17 – 19 June
7.30pm; Sat 1pm


Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road

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.