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  • Group 6+: $162.72 each ($25.00 + $2.12 fees)
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  • Thu 10 Aug 2023, 7:30pm–8:30pm


Part of Forum North



Hot on the heels of a successful USA tour of legacy work Te Wheke, Atamira brings TOMO back to the stage with a stunning cast of Māori contemporary dance artists.

Directed by tuakana choreographer Gabrielle Thomas who states: "TOMO started with the whakapapa of light and darkness, therefore birth. But it's also a story about my mother. My mother was very spiritual. If she had been raised Māori, she would have been considered a seer. Instead, she was put through the mental health system. She struggled but was very powerful and taught me much among the chaos".

Set within a world of shifting architecture, TOMO explores the boundary between two realms of endless time. A hauntingly powerful reflection of life and death, TOMO weaves together the tūpuna (ancestors) before them as two wairua (spirits) journey between domains. Their mother holds the power of creation and carries the gateway to the world of light.

This 60-minute dance was the choreographer's first full-length work, created and presented in 2019. Thomas says: "In it, I had the chance to create a space where the work could arrive, rather than trying to force its creation. I found a Māori way of working which was supported by Atamira and embraced by the community".

This 2023 tour of Tāmaki Makaurau, Whangārei, and Kirikiriroa bookends the pandemic. It follows the pivot to a TOMO VR Film experience in Auckland and Vancouver and recently at the NZ Doc Edge Festival XR Exhibition.

‘Dynamic and visually stimulating, there is no denying the talent that TOMO holds, offering the audience a unique Māori contemporary dance experience on a journey between light and darkness'
- Lauren Sanderson, DANZ 2019

Choreographed by Gabrielle Thomas
Performed by Sean MacDonald, Nancy Wijohn, Abbie Rogers, Cory-Toalei Roycroft, Madi Tumataroa, Caleb Heke
Music Composition by Peter Hobbs
Production Design by Vanda Karolczak


TOMO - Community Masterclass - Free when you book a ticket to TOMO! 

Experience a Māori contemporary dance masterclass with Choreographer Gabrielle Thomas and TOMO dancers from Atamira Dance Company. Participants will engage with Māori perspectives while learning techniques, concepts and repertoire from the company's recent work TOMO. Be ready to make contact with others and engage in sensory play while exploring concepts of wairua (spirit). 


Buy a ticket to TOMO and come to the workshop for free (proof of ticket required at workshop)


$20 workshop only (pay at beginning of workshop, cash or bank transfer)


Tuesday 8th August  |  6pm-8pm

ONEONESIX / 116 Bank Street, Whangārei 

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