Name: Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce

My Role: Co-Directors

Iwi affiliation

Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi / Pākeha


Bianca Hyslop was born and raised on the rugged west coat of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa/NZ under the guidance of the Waitakere Ranges. Her father is of Pākeha descent, her mother Māori (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi).
Bianca is currently living in Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast creating and developing her inter-arts practices alongside her partner and collaborator Rowan Pierce. She is also currently a student of Te Reo Māori at Te Wānanga ō Raukawa.

How I got where I am today

Bianca has worked specifically within the Māori Contemporary Dance Sector for over ten years and been involved in highly influential dance projects including indigenous development, cultural research and cross cultural laboratories for interdisciplinary art makers.
Atamira Dance Company has been a guiding force for Bianca's growth within the company as well as her work as an independent artist.

In 2019 Bianca Hyslop and Designer Rowan Pierce co-directed and premiered their full length work Pōhutu receiving critical acclaim at both Kia Mau Festival and Tempo Dance Festival.

2021 will see this collaboration between Bianca (choreographer/movement practitioner) and Rowan (Artist/designer) develop further having received an Annual Arts Grant from CNZ to create, produce and deliver a years worth of Inter-arts activity.

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Central Kaupapa:
To activate and respond to the notions of re-surfacing and reclaiming Te Reo Māori.
- Importance of re-vitalising Te Reo Māori in the aftermath of the ‘lost generation’.
- Integration of Māori Language in virtual environments (speech recognition, transcribing and synthesis technology).
- Language as an integral communicator of cultural perspective/worldview.
- Tensions and Barriers we face in learning Te Reo Māori for both Māori and Pākeha
A live performance experience using dance, spatial design and virtual technologies such as speech recognition, translating applications and voice synthesis and to put these technologies to use in a live-art context. To bring into focus the importance of the continuation and progression of Te Reo Māori in our society and to actively implement the new and emerging technologies that enable the proliferation of Te Reo Māori in virtual environments.

Creative Team and Crew

Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce: Co-Directors
This new collaborative partnership is self-produced and together the pair create work that pushes beyond any one form of performing arts practice. Their work is an immersive performance experience that utilises various forms of storytelling including image, movement, sound, spatial/object design and beyond.

Tūī Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield: Mātanga Mātauranga Māori/Performer/Co-devisor
Mātanga Mātauranga Māori –Cultural Advisor and Consultant

Nancy Wijohn: Performer/Co-devisor
Te Rarawa / Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Whaoa / Ngati Tahu
(Performance/Movement Artist, Choreographer, Teacher, Physical Therapist). Nancy Wijohn ’s contemporary dance career spans over 15 years of professional experience having worked with some of Aotearoa’s most prolific companies and artists

Kelly Nash: Performer/Co-devisor
Kelly is a performer, dancer, choreographer and Contact C.A.R.E practitioner based in New Zealand and a descendant of Ngapuhi and Ngaiterangi.

Jeremias Volker: Interactive Designer
Jeremias is an Interactive Designer and Creative technologist based between Berlin and NZ. He works at the intersection of design, technology, code and music, creating interactive installations and experiences, data visualisations and commercial products.

Lucie Camp: Production/Stage Manager
Lucie is a force in our industry working for all our major festivals and companies from ATC, The NZ Arts festival and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Emma Ransley: Costume Designer
Emma is a performance designer and educator who predominately works with the medium of clothing. She is currently the Head of Design at Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.

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The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market is New Zealand's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector. 

Feb 22 2021 To Mar 05 2021