Past Tour: Tour-Makers presented Pango in Napier, New Plymouth, Whangarei & Auckland Oct/Nov 2018. If you are interested in Pango or any further shows by Atamira Dance Company, please visit their website for more information.
Six male dancers stripped to the waist, bring movement, energy and life to explore Te Kore – the state of unlimited potential for being.
The collaboration of choreographer Moss Patterson with master musicians James Webster and Shayne Carter, six powerful male dancers and award-winning spatial and projection designers create a unique and mesmeric fusion of movement imagery, light, and sound.
Dancers Luke Hanna, Jeremy Beck, Emmanuel Reynaud, Toa Paranihi, Jared Hemopo and Matiu Hamuera ignite the stage inside a black rope wharenui created by spatial designer Robin Rawstorne, to explore their individual experience of Te Kore. Moving from haka through lyricism to energised muscularity, their personal stories offer rich commentaries on the humanity born within this sacred space.
The blend of live electric guitar by Shayne Carter and traditional Māori instruments by master player James Webster, creates a dramatic mix of soundscapes and movement. Reverberations of ancient karakia and takutaku chant, evoke the presence of atua Māori.
Projection design by Rowan Pierce casts light and imagery onto the dancers’ bodies adding a rich visual tapestry and opening the imagination to the multi layered aspects of this work.
Recommended for 12+ – discretion is advised. PANGO contains some low-lit nudity and strong language in the context of the performance.
Q&A // There will be a post-show artist talk with performers following each performance.
20 October – The Hook NZ Review
“The audience thundered their applause…this might performance will linger with us.”