Ojeya Cruz Banks works as a lecturer and choreographer for the Dance Studies program at the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her research includes dance anthropology, pedagogy, postcolonial studies, and contemporary indigenous choreography. She was selected for the 2008 Professional Choreographer’s Lab at the Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance and the 2011 Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory.
This seed for this article began at a conference at the University of Otago where there was much debate about the connections between, and the definitions of, 'interdisciplinarity' and 'interculturalism' within the Oceania context. The featured dance ethnography investigates the creative process and somatic philosophies of the Atamira Dance Company.