A Line of Hands by Kate Bartlett

My hands are that of my māmā, her pāpā, his māmā, our tūpuna. The hands that gathered, that protected the whenua, that challenged the crown. Drawing upon the oral histories of my whānau and whakapapa. A Line of Hands is a dance work that looks backwards to move forwards, informed by the echoing mana of my ancestors and a homage to their experience as māori. This mahi is a movement haerenga, a peaceful protest, a kanikani meditation, a place to pause, remember and be proud. Mō tātou a mō ka uri a muri ake nei – For us and our children after us

Saturday 25 February, 16:15
Main Stage


Kate Bartlett (Kāi Tahu/Kati Māmoe/Waitaha) is a movement artist who works at the meeting point between dance, theatre, and performance art. Since graduating from Unitec in 2008, Kate has since completed a Masters in Choreographic Practice from the University of Auckland. In addition to her solo practice, Kate has created and performed work in collaboration with Christina Houghton, Tallulah Holly-Massey, Becca Wood, Sean Curham, and Nisha Madhan. In more recent years Kate has found emphasis in decolonising her arts practice, catapulted onto that haerenga through her work as a performing arts kaiako in a West Tāmāki Makaurau Kura.