Kotahi is a unique international collaboration bridging the creative and cultural spaces of Atamira Dance Company (Aotearoa) and NAISDA Dance College in Darkinjung Country (Australia). Three new contemporary dance works are presented in two extraordinary and distinct programmes over two nights, showcasing the visionary talents of tuakana (senior) choreographers Louise Potiki Bryant (Thursday 4 Oct) and Jack Gray and Frances Rings (Friday 5 October).
Kotahi II concludes the season with a double-bill presentation. Indigenous Stamina, by Atamira Artistic Director Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Te Rarawa) is a work where indigenous knowledge meets contemporary interdisciplinarity. Enter into a palette of landscapes by Australian based lighting designer Karen Norris (Tainui), motion capture by digital designer Miranda Smitheram (Kai Tahu) and score by Infinite Dakota (Matao).
Shapeshift by Frances Rings (Kokatha, Head of Creative Studies NAISDA Dance College, choreographer for Bangarra Dance Company) is a work that explores energy as it shifts between the ancestral and the contemporary space. Through Aboriginal songline and lineage, we encounter memory in body, spirit and place as we restore cultural continuum to our contemporary lives. This NZ premiere with Atamira is a true milestone, bringing together Australian First Nations and Maori contemporary dance legacies.
Kotahi Opening Event Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday 4 October for a special Tempo 2018 opening event with Atamira Dance Company and guest artists Frances Rings and dancers from the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) in Australia just prior to the performance of Kotahi I.
Click here to read more about Kotahi I.
KOTAHI RUA Book your tickets to KOTAHI I and KOTAHI II in this Double Deal and see both shows for $65. Click here to book Kotahi Rua.
Choreographed by: Jack Gray and Frances Rings.