Eddie Elliott

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Eddie Elliott is from Aotearoa New Zealand. A 2013 Performing and Screen Arts graduate of Unitec, Eddie is a dancer, choreographer and an artistic director of Waiwhakaata Performance.

Eddie was nominated for the Rolex mentor and protégé arts initiative and the 2014 I Am Auckland Awards which won him the Youth Active Award. In 2015, James Cook High School named an award for students who succeed in dance named "Eddie Elliott award for Outstanding Contribution To Dance".

Eddie has danced with leading arts companies in New Zealand including Atamira Dance Company, Black Grace, Okareka Dance Company, Auckland Theatre Company, Douglas Wright and The New Zealand Dance Company.

Eddie has built an extraordinary indigenous relationship with Red Sky Performance in Canada where he has gone on to facilitate, dance, teach and choreograph throughout the traditional territory of many nations across Turtle Island (North America). He is currently in his sixth year as an associate artist with the company.

Eddie has been a part of the opening of the 150th Canada Day celebrations and the opening of the 2017 World Masters, performing alongside one of the most recognised Kapa Haka groups In the world - Te Waka Huia. Eddie was also part of the opening for the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival’s inaugural The Land on Which We Dance programme – his second time performing at the iconic American festival.

Eddie has choreographed and collaborated on works that have been recognised as profoundly moving and raw. His choreographic career includes: I’ll Stand Outside (2012), with performances in the Great Lakes, Ontario, the South Island of New Zealand and Rarotonga; Kia Tau (2019) with performances in Macau and Hong Kong; and two works for Unitec ‘s graduation season - Kei konei au (2013) and In-tuition (2018). His work In-tuition then went on to tour New Zealand and Canada.

In 2022, Eddie choreographed two major works, Waiwhakaata-Reflections in the water’, which premiered at the Auckland Arts festival 2022 (and also presented at Kia Mau Festival 2023) and also his work ‘Uku-Behind the canvas’ as part of a double bill for the NZDC’s 10th Year anniversary premiere of ‘Nightlight 2022’.

In March 2024, ‘Uku- Behind the Canvas’ will have just completed an international tour with The New Zealand Dance Company’s programe 'Whenua' 2024. Eddie is excited that his presence and voice is being shared with audiences around the world.

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