Te Wheke

Te Wheke

TE WHEKE swims across the motu again after a successful premiere tour in 2021.

Drawing on the 21 year dance whakapapa of Atamira Dance Company and inspired by the symbology of the Octopus as kaitiaki, Te Wheke was collectively created by the leading navigators of Māori contemporary dance to commemorate their 21st year milestone.

Eight dancers and eight choreographic practitioners - tuakana and teina, journey into the esoteric dimensions of human experience, revealing the eight tentacles of Te Wheke – Mauri, Whānau, Wairua, Whatumanawa, Hinengaro, Mana Ake, Tupuna, Tinana.

Solo and ensemble movement expressions occur within a sleek shape shifting world of floating black silk. Layers of Te Ao Māori emanate through accomplished patterns of video design, mesmeric soundscapes and subtle shimmering garments with reflective lighting enhancing the darkness and light.

“Te Wheke is sublimely fluid and unwaveringly beautiful” Megan Seawright, Theatreview

Approximate end time is 8:45pm, followed by a 20-minute Q&A with company.

Recommended for ages 10 years+


Adults from $35.00 (service fees apply)



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