Seen: Mitimiti


Choreographer: Jack Gray


“This work dances the genealogy of universal mana…embedded within the choreography are deep medicines of indigenous knowledge…”


Mitimiti is Atamira Dance Company’s latest full-length work, generated through workshopping processes over a five-year period. The work feels collaborative and inclusive in nature – often the result of the impact of the dancers and other artists giving their ideas to a piece. Mitimiti’s programme acknowledges: six dancers, seven guest performers, three guest collaborators and sixteen assorted designers, not to mention photographers, videographers, stylists, managers and artistic staff. Choreographer and Artistic Director Jack Gray has wrangled all of these many facets of the work into one, cohesive performance.


The work is presented in the round, ensuring that performer/audience boundaries are challenged from the moment you enter the theatre. The work begins with the dancers and student ‘ushers’ talking quietly and drawing/writing with chalk on the floor. What appears to be an introductory monologue by one of the performers is essentially inaudible, and goes unnoticed by many of the patrons, who are mostly concerned with finding a place to sit or stand, while balancing their handbag, drink and programme.


After around twenty minutes of this opening section, atmospheric lighting changes and loud abstract sound indicate the next part of the work. Suspended fabric, visual projection and well-considered lighting created an effective sense of drama.


Choreographically, Mitimiti relies on a combination of improvisation and fluid solo moments. The dancers look strong, connected and dynamic. Nancy Wijohn is an athletic marvel onstage, buzzy with muscular tension and power. Te Arahi Easton performs a well-sustained haka solo, and has a clear physical stage presence. The highlights of the work are the segments of unison, especially the quartet of women dancing in the centre of a stage centimetres deep in water. The percussive nature of water beautifully compliments the sweeping and grounded choreography of this section of the performance.


Tairoa Royal appears as a guest perfomer in Mitimiti, and is always a treat to watch. I particularly enjoyed the proximity of the dancers to the audience here, where his technique, clarity and connection with the floor were so evident. Appearing in the skimpiest hi-vis possible, Royal introduced a lightened mood as he mopped the stage with an industrial-looking floor mop. This introduced a fabulous and rousing haka; taiaha replaced with mops and bath towels aplenty. Mitimiti carried a strong indigenous flavour, yet at the same time was distictly Kiwi.


Note: The performance ran to just under two hours with a finale dance sequence and opening night speeches. Potential audience members should be aware that there are no seats or cushions for this show, and it’s a long time to sit on a wooden floor.


[header cred]


  1. Elma 21 July, 2016 at 05:41 Reply

    A lot of what is believed to be the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia is mainly just media hype since
    there are mixed results in clinical studies.

  2. Johnathan 24 July, 2016 at 00:16 Reply

    Garcinia cambogia, an exotic fruit grown in South India, has
    been used to impart a distinctive sour flavour to
    Indian cooking.. It truly is the source for a revolutionary natural diet ingredient that is now a rage in Japan, America,
    Europe and other western countries.

  3. Kirby 25 July, 2016 at 19:48 Reply

    Most health specialists advice pregnant and breastfeeding girls to stay away
    from Garcinia Cambogia supplements as these drastic changes are dangerous for infants and lactating mothers.

  4. Adrienne 26 July, 2016 at 00:00 Reply

    Pendant des siècles, le fruit de Garcinia Cambogia a
    été utilisé en médecine traditionnelle pour des
    remèdes naturels et aux plats traditionnels comme une épice.

  5. Bertie 26 July, 2016 at 07:15 Reply

    Last year a group of ten physicians sent a letter to Columbia
    University urging that his faculty institution is lost by Oz at the prestigious Ivy League university, citing his promotion of ‘wonder’ weight loss aids.

  6. Vito 26 July, 2016 at 09:06 Reply

    The most important question which should be asked by anyone considering taking any weight loss product, is whether or not it’s safe.

  7. Pamala 26 July, 2016 at 13:34 Reply

    When trying to find the correct web hosting service, you must bear in mind the significance of an internet site running 24 hours a day,
    7 days a week without fixed technical interruptions.

  8. Jerri 26 July, 2016 at 17:07 Reply

    Shall be upgrading from my check host with you as has
    gone very properly bought some other van hire web sites I would
    like internet hosting. thanks!

  9. M88 26 July, 2016 at 20:37 Reply

    What does matter is that folks have noticed and brought an curiosity in even this
    limited scandal because, a) these companies have been in-your-face advertising like loopy and frayed the
    nerves of even of us who play and support the enterprise and, b) these companies depend on having and maintaining client confidence.

  10. Deneen 26 July, 2016 at 23:35 Reply

    You may favour one over the opposite but in most instances it is more vital to have a number of
    choices and also you git the method to the solution.

Leave a reply