Oli Mathiesen

Oli is a Māori choreographer and dancer based in Aotearoa New Zealand (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi). He is an emerging artist, working nationally and internationally since graduating from Unitec in 2020 with a Bachelor in Performing & Screen Art – Contemporary Dance. Oli has worked alongside companies and independent artists with performances ranging from shows and developments to films and cabarets. Oli has worked with The New Zealand Dance Company performing in What They Said (2022) choreographed by Melbourne choreographer Jo Lloyd which premiered in Tempo Dance Festival 2022. Oli has been working with Atamira Dance Company since 2020 performing in Te Wheke (2021) and Kaha – Tripleboost (2022). Oli has also had the privilege of working with Auckland Theatre Company (ATC), Michael Parmenter, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Vospertron, Chrissy Kokiri, Elektra Shock, and Sharvon Mortimer in recent years. He has also taught for the New Zealand Dance Company while continuing to develop his own technique.


Oli has produced choreographic works including installation Divine Estate (2022) for The Performance Arcade 2022. He premiered his new work Arero Ma (2022) on Atamira Dance Company for Kaha – Tripleboost (2022). Still Solo (2020), a choreographic photography exhibition was presented in Tempo Dance Festival 2020 followed by the debut of his work Night and Mortar (2021) in choreographic and performative partnership with Sharvon Mortimer part of New Zealand Fringe Festival 2021. The redeveloped season of Night and Mortar (2022) was presented in bars and cinemas around Auckland. Oli, Sharvon and Bruce Bohao Feng were awarded ‘Best in Festival’ for their work FOSSE (2018, 2019) in Short+Sweet Dance Festival 2019 and was remounted by Sarah Foster-Sproull for Unitec’s 2018 Activate tour. Oli has also worked with Movement Art Practice in residence during 2022 to research his next work Full Digital Upload (2023).

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