Merenia Gray Dance Theatre
Merenia Gray Dance Theatre was founded in 1994. It is a freelance contemporary dance company that focuses on creating innovative multicultural Dance Theatre. MGDT relies on funding through Creative New Zealand and private corporate sponsorship. Merenia is the Artisic Director and she likes to work with performers that are classically trained with a secure contemporary technique and who have strong affiliations to Maori culture.
The company's works to date are:
Rongo – Ma –Tane ( 2011) Kowhiti Dance 2011 State Opera House
“ its striking sculptural quality evoked Whakairo and contained strong aerial work by Tanemahuta Gray and a dynamic performance by Ivicia Novakovic”, DANZ Quarterly review, 2011 Ann Hunt
Te Mana 2003, Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington
Commissioned by Toi Maori Aotearoa
Soulful Synthesis of Sound and Movement.
"Choreographer Merenia Gray has created her most important work to date,
with her premiere of the enigmatic and soulful Te Mana, in a short season at
Te Papa's SoundingsTheatre"
- Jenny Stevenson, Dominion Post. October 17 2003
' I left the theatre reminded of our responsibilities as NewZealanders to
cherish our chance to be keepers of future generations, "ko te taonga whare
- Deirdre Tarrant, Capital Times. Oct. 16 2003
Wild Civility 2001 Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington
Wild Civility. Switch on your Answer phone.
" it's a non-stop hour of carefully prepared and sequenced dancing ...
poignant evidence of Gray's bicultural aesthetic. May I suggest you slip
along to Wild Civility....you'll find confirmation in dance of the things
you want ot believe in."
Reviewed by Jennifer Shennan, The Evening Post, Thursday June 7 2001
Alchemy 1998 Bats Theatre, Wellington Fringe Festival
Best New Work in the 1998 Fringe Awards.
Alchemy - dance - play magic not to be missed.
The Alchemy of the title is at work in the choreography.... phone BATS
early to book yourself on the waiting list for what will inevitabely be a
sell - out season. Ahakoa iti, he pounamu.'
- Reviewed by Jennifer Shennan, 'The Evening Post. Thursday, March 12, 1998.
I.V.E. Interiors Versus Exteriors 1994 Taki Rua Depot Theatre, Wellington.
- Gray, Merenia
Contemporary dance / Choreographer