21 Jul 2015

Successful Māori stage show tours Beijing

7:16 am on 21 July 2015

Chinese audiences are expected to be wowed for the first time in Beijing by a highly acclaimed Māori stage show touring there this month.

Atamira Dance Company

Photo: Atamira Dance Company

The Atamira Dance Company are taking their successful show - Moko - to the highly esteemed Beijing Dance Festival.

The tour comes after it premiered just over a year ago at Sky City Theatre, to rave reviews.

The show features World fashion costumes and the set won the Installation Award at the 2015 Interior Architecture Awards for its innovative design.

Beijing Dance Festival Director, Karen Cheung, said it was the first time ever that the Beijing Dance Festival had presented any dance works from New Zealand.

"We appreciate the philosophy of Atamira, which is dedicated to promoting Maori culture in a contemporary form.

Atamira Dance Company

Photo: Atamira Dance Company

"We are absolutely happy and proud to be able to present Moko, a work of quality and passion, and to have it as the starting point for cultural and artistic dialogues in dance between New Zealand and China," she said.

The show will also be featured at the Chang Mu Dance Festival between 21 July and 4 August.

The two festivals that the Moko stage show will perform at are highly regarded.

Choreography for the show is by Moss Patterson.