Taniora Motutere


Photo credit: John McDermott

Taniora Motutere is a freelance dancer and choreographer with training in Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop, and Kapa Haka. He graduated from Unitec in 2015 with a BPSA majoring in Contemporary Dance.

His recent performances include the NZ Opera Production of “Brass Poppies”, “Tiki Taane Mahuta”, choreographed by Tanemahuta Gray, Malia Johnston’s “Moon”, “Wired” produced by Okareka Dance Company, “Cudo” choregraphed by Andrew Cesan and he has just completed the Tamaki Tour with New Zealand Dance Company. Taniora is currently working with Footnote New Zealand Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company on a new production to tour China and New Zealand. He was a choreographer and performer in Identity Dance Company’s shows “Out of the Box” and ‘Next”. Taniora has performed at many Arts Festivals around New Zealand with both established and emerging choreographers and has recently choreographed and danced in Shapeshifter’s music video for ‘Oculus”.

Taniora is a founding member of Identity Dance Company and has won two silver medals at Hip Hop International World Championships. In 2016 they won Maori Television’s Haka Fusion Competition and are currently appearing in the Steinlager Tokyo Dry advertisement. He also works as a core dancer with Momentum Productions.