Te Wheke by Atamira Dance Company
Friday, April 14, 2023 • 7:30 P.M.
Leeward Theatre, University of Hawai‘i Leeward Community College

$35 – Adult
$25 – Senior citizens (62+), College Students
$15 – Youth (17 & under), UH Manoa Students

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Te Wheke is a work of legacy and succession commemorating the 21 years of creative existence of Atamira Dance Company.

Te Wheke refers to the Octopus, a guardian on the journey from past into future, activating healing in the now. Created in collaboration by 8 leading Māori choreographic practitioners & embodied by 8 dancers, the dimensions of human experience, each symbolised by the tentacles of the mighty Te Wheke, are explored through a Māōri knowledge base.

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.

This engagement of Atamira Dance Company is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C. https://www.midatlanticarts.org/

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has also provided support for this program.