The Lab is a 4-day unique creative workshop with the acclaimed Jack Gray, Artistic Director of Atamira Dance Company. Designed for interdisciplinary practitioners, the wānanga intensive focuses on activations through daily movement, discourse and making, with participants in for a physically and emotionally charged experience. The approach is varied, looking at physicality and activating the body using easy to follow patterns and joyful interaction between music, the participants and the space. Through a range of techniques including improvisation, structured choreographic methods, self-directed writing tasks, image making, explorations, kōrero, and self-directed lab time, participants will be given the tools to deeper manifest these experiences in their body. Includes a special masterclass session with Jack sharing his global inspirations as a maker with practices steeped in Mātauranga Māori.
About Jack Gray:
Jack Gray (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) is an internationally recognised Māori contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher, facilitator and writer. His independent arts practice spans two decades and has seen him work with diverse audiences in community-centred spaces of Indigenous knowledge exchange including; Transformance Lab (New York), I Moving Lab (USA, Australia, NZ), Indigenous Dance Forum (New York), I LAND(Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York). Jack creatively devises Indigenous approaches towards enhanced relationships between place, people and potential. He has also been Assistant Professor at University of California Riverside, Artist in Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Regent’s Scholar at UCLA/World Arts and Cultures. Jack has had a long-standing relationship with Corban Estate and is Artistic Director of Altamira Dance Company, based onsite.