Karlia Cook

Karlia May is a Naarm based dance artist of Māori (Ngāpuhi), Mā’ohi and European descent. Karlia is a dancer, choreographer and writer with a Masters in Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her practice is grounded in the embodiment of listening and honouring the ever-evolving relationality between bodies, ancestry, lands and waters. Traversing between the physical and the ancestral, the local and the cosmological, Karlia aims to converse, unearth and dance alongside the multiplicity of voices, memories and bodies of water that her body is a meeting ground to. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2021 Karlia has worked with companies and artists such as Chunky Move, Joel Bray Dance, New Zealand Dance Company Julie Minaai and Bella Waru. Performing in Joel Bray’s world Premier of Garabari at Arts house and choreographing a short work Oneness on New Zealand Dance Company, apart of the Matariki Hunga Nui program.