• Artist: Louise Pōtiki Bryant
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Commissioned Project
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

Ki uta ki tai is a dance film inspired by the pathways of water from the mountains to the sea.


25 Queens Quay W

  • Address: 25 Queens Quay
    Harbour Square Park West
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

Ki uta ki tai is a dance film by choreographer / video artist Louise Pōtiki Bryant featuring dancer Rose Tapsell. Ki uta ki tai is inspired by the pathways of water from the mountains to the sea and expresses our relationship to the moana (ocean) and to the atua wahine Hine-te-iwaiwa, who in Kāi Tahu traditions gave fish their distinctive qualities. Ki uta ki tai is presented as a part of Mana Moana.

The Artist

Louise Pōtiki Bryant is a Kāi Tahu choreographer, dancer, and video artist. She is a founding member and choreographer for Atamira Dance Company, as well as having an independent dance and video art practice. Louise has also choreographed for companies such as The New Zealand Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company, and Ōrotokare, Art, Story, Motion. Her video practice includes video installations, dance films, interdisciplinary collaborative performances, and video designs for opera, music, and contemporary dance productions.


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Concept, direction, animation and editorial: Louise Potiki Bryant; Director of photography: Matt Gillanders; Music: Paddy Free and James Webster; Dancer: Rosie Tapsell; Costume: Rona Ngahuia Osbourne