This short works programme is tied by the theme of Manaia, named for the mythical creature possessing the head of a bird and body of a human, bridging human endeavour to spiritual aspiration. Pito by Nancy Wijohn explores themes around maternal connection, and attempts to uncover meanings of loss, abandonment and pain to find light, enlightenment and love. Te Waenganui by Gabrielle Thomas explores the three fingers of the manaia – birth, life, and death – and the space between, known as Te Waenganui. Kelly Nash presents Mā, a reframed and recontextualised look at the myth of demigod Maui and his efforts to gain eternal life by exploiting the goddess Hine Nui Te Po.
Manaia showcases the strong female choreographic voice within Atamira Dance Company. This voice has long been an important driving force supporting a pedigree of respected female dancers and choreographers who continue to align with and emerge from the company.Gabrielle Thomas with her trio of woman dancers, delves into the meaning and symbology of Manaia. Kelly Nash, presents a powerful duet that reverses common known myths and histories, and Nancy Wijohn’s solo performance weaves physical opposition with illusion.
Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Maori contemporary dance theatre in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The work embodies a unique landscape shaped by the cultural identity of people and their stories. Atamira’s choreographers, dancers and designers are a reflection of the diverse cross-section of voices in Aotearoa today. The company creates compelling, high-quality Maori contemporary dance theatre that reaches out to audiences and reflects the many aspirations of Aotearoa’s Mana Whenua.
“Atamira’s Manaia is a very strong and cohesive season, and the company’s dancers are certainly showcased by the trio of works on offer. Well worth seeing.”
What’s Good 2016.
“…a rich exploration of slowly mutating manaia-like sculptural forms”.
Raewyn Whyte, NZ Herald 2016.
WELLINGTON SEASON | PUBLIC PERFORMANCES | HANNAH PLAYHOUSE
7PM | WEDS 14 JUNE – SAT 20 JUNE 2017
Performance duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
WELLINGTON SEASON | SCHOOLS MATINEES | HANNAH PLAYHOUSE
12.30PM | THURS 15 JUNE + 1PM FRI 16 JUNE 2017
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Single $37.00; Student $27.00; Senior Citizen $27.00; Groups of 6 or more $30.00; School groups $10.00. *Service fees may apply.
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