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Te Wheke

11 Jun 2021 to 24 Jun 2021
AK 11-12 Jun WLG 17-19 Jun CC 24 Jun - 730PM
Explore the multi-layered dimensions of human experience, symbolised by the eight tentacles of the mighty Te Wheke in this explosive new contemporary dance work
Event type: 
Dance, Live event
From $25
ASB Theatre, National Dance & Drama, James Hay
138 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington 6021 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury


Eight dancers and eight practitioners both tuakana and teina, explore the multi-layered dimensions of human experience, symbolsied by the eight tentacles of the mighty Te Wheke in this explosive new contemporary dance work.

Te Wheke refers to the Octopus, our guardian on this long journey from past into future, activating healing now in this time we all share.

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

Some of Aotearoa’s leading names in dance are involved in this milestone 21st birthday production, including Sean MacDonald, Taane Mete, Kelly Nash, Jack Gray, Dolina Wehipeihana, Gabrielle Thomas, Kura Te Ua, Bianca Hyslop and Louise Potiki Bryant, who foster the performance of some exceptional experienced and emerging talents.

Te Whānau Atamira have come out in force to mark this momentous occasion and to honour the legacy of this incredible company’s colossal contribution to Māori contemporary dance. 


Tour Dates



Fri 11 June 2021, 730PM

Sat 12 June 2021, 730PM 


Wellington - Part of Kia Mau Festival 

Thu 17 June 2021, 730PM

Fri 18 June 2021, 730PM

Sat 19 June 2021, 1PM (Matinee)

Sat 19 June 2021, 730PM 



Thurs 24 June 2021, 730PM

Written by

Elephant Publicity

3 May 2021