26 Jun 2012

Dancers hope to leave lasting impression

8:41 am on 26 June 2012

Atamira Dance company says its hopes the performances by its dancers will leave a lasting impression on audiences at the Pacific Arts Festival in the Solomon Islands on 1 July.

Members of the contemporary Maori dance company are part of the 120-strong delegation travelling alongside the Maori king, King Tuheitia, to the Pacific arts and culture event in Honiara.

Atamira artistic director Moss Paterson says they've put a lot of time and energy into their work and have been consulting kaumatua to get cultural advice.

He says it will be a chance to network with other indigenous artists and get inspiration from each other.

Going to the Pacific Arts Festival will allow dancers to share their work with other Pacific tangata whenua, in a meaningful way, Mr Paterson says.