Louise Potiki Bryant is a choreographer, dancer, and video artist of Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, and Waitaha), descent who has choreographed for companies such as Atamira Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company and The New Zealand Dance Company. For Atamira Dance Company Louise
has choreographed six works, including NGĀI TAHU 32 ('Best contemporary dance production 2004', NZ Listener), TE AROHA ME TE MAMAE ('Best New
Choreographer 2003', NZ Listener), and TAONGA: Dust Water Wind (Best Production, Best Music, and Best Scenography awards at the Tempo Dance Festival 2010).
Louise also collaborated for several years with researcher and composer Prof Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, with whom she began the development of the somatic and dance practice called Whakaahua Dance. Also in collaboration with Charles she choreographed the whare tapere dance work; TE KĀROHIROHI: The Light Dances.
In 2014 Louise was the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance at the University of Otago, during which time she continued the development of the Whakaahua Dance practice. Louise now leads Whakaahua Dance workshops nationally and internationally. Louise has a strong body of solo and collaborative works, which draw upon her interdisciplinary and whakaahua practice.
Louise has been awarded several residencies. In 2014, Louise was awarded the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency by the Arts Foundation of New
Zealand, an award which supported Louise to live in New York City for a period of choreographic and artistic inspiration. She undertook this residency in
2016. Other residencies include the Ngāi Tahu artist residency at the Dunedin School of Art in 2003, and a Wild Creations Residency in 2007 which
supported Louise to the make dance solo and film AORAKI whilst living at Aoraki/Mount Cook. In 2009, Louise was supported by Creative New Zealand to
undertake a choreographic internship with Santee Smith, the artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, in Toronto, Canada. In 2015 Louise was supported
by Creative New Zealand’s International Indigenous Art-form Exchange to collaborate with Santee Smith on the new dance piece by Kaha:wi Dance
Theatre, called RE-QUICKENING for which Louise was the video designer. RE-QUICKENING premiered in Toronto in 2016.
Louise has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts with a major in contemporary dance and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Māori Studies. She has taught at The University of Otago, The University of Auckland, and Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts, and is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.