Touch Compass Dance Company
Vacancy - General Manager
Touch Compass is New Zealand’s leading professional inclusive performance company – an inter arts organisation that goes beyond envisaging a seamless society, to actively creating one.
In this our 20th anniversary year we seek a new General Manager to lead us into the next phase of our life as a company.
We seek someone with a mix of experience in the arts and business sectors, with an awareness of the world of disability, to manage our team and to work with our talented artists.
In working with us you get to be part of the vibrant arts scene in New Zealand and to change people’s attitudes and experience of disability. It is an exciting combination.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent relationship management abilities and have a track record of building successful and enduring relationships. Strong communication, written, negotiation, planning and budget management skills are also essential.
Download a job description here
You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for this position.
Please send a CV and cover letter to Chair, Touch Compass, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 4 October 2017.
We apologise in advance, due to the nature of being a small team, only those shortlisted will receive a response.
Interviews will be held on or around Friday 13 October.
We have 3 InMotion events on offer in May and June to celebrate our 20th anniversary year.
1. Pimp My Wheels! – free family day
2. See The Artists at work
3. The InMotion Parade
Pimp My Wheels! – free family day
Sat May 27 | 10am – 4pm | Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Bring the family down for an awesome and illuminating free day out at Shed 10. Fully accessible.
- Get expert help and ideas to pimp your wheels
- See performances by world famous illuminated man, Vospertron
- Learn about Matariki and the night sky
- Take part in cool hands-on science activities
- Have a go on loads of bikes and wheelchairs
See The Artists at work
2 – 10 June | 10am – 4pm | The Cloud
Come and see the Wellington’s artists collective Lucid Dream Bike hard at work on 7 unique illuminated bike floats for our parade. As the week progresses the floats will begin to take shape. Pop in as many times as you like, our artists like the company!
The InMotion Parade
Sat June 10 | 6.30pm | The Cloud Getting there button
Bring friends and family down to the waterfront to take part in Auckland’s first-ever illuminated bike parade! A free event for every one of all ages and abilities.
1) Dust off your wheels – whether it be a bike, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair or stroller
2) Have some fun pimping your wheels with fairy lights, bike lights, torches and tinsel,
3) Head down to the Cloud with your wheels for 6.30pm to join the fun!
As the route winds along the waterfront, music and performances will light the way and fantastic illuminated bike floats will be riding with you. The Route
The ride culminates at Silo Park with a short, spectacular performance and a hot chocolate or a mulled wine for purchase.
Touch Compass Inclusive Dance Workshops in Rotorua
Saturday 6 May 1.30pm – 4.00pm (includes registration)
Sunday 7 May 9.30am – 12.00pm (includes registration)
The Workshops: Internationally acclaimed tutors Rodney Bell, Catherine Chappell and Renee Ball will teach a two hour workshop based on material from the company’s short film Flipped. Content will include contemporary dance and improvisation techniques that will enable dancers and teachers to explore and develop their capabilities to perform and/or teach inclusive work in their community.
Catherine Chappell is the Touch Compass founder, artistic director and choreographer Catherine has worked in the performing arts for over 30years. She pioneered contact improvisation in New Zealand and in 2011 was received a Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.
Rodney Bell is a founding Touch Compass dancer and tutor, of Ngāti Maniapoto descent. He is a former principal dancer of Axis Dance Company (USA) winning an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 2008 and and won an Attitude Artistic Achievement Award at the 2016.
Renee Ball has a Bachelor of Dance from Auckland University and is a dance teacher, choreographer and dance competition judge who is currently teaching in Palmerston North. The Touch Compass film Flipped is based on her personal experience of Gullaine Barre syndrome.
Ph: (09) 550 6464 or Email: email@example.com
FEE PER WORKSHOP
*Early bird for a limited time*
BOOK NOW! $20* waged, $10* students/unwaged - BOOK NOW!
(Full price $30 waged $15 students/unwaged)
*All workshops are fully inclusive and accessible
Western Heights High School Dance Studio
70 Old Quarry Rd, Western Heights, Rotorua
To celebrate #InternationalDanceDay on Saturday 29 April – A selection of our short films will screen at the Rialto Cinemas Auckland and Dunedin, Victoria Theatre Devonport and Bridgeway Cinema - Auckland, Regent3 - Masterton, Regent Theatre Te Awamutu, Hollywood Cinema - Christchurch, Central Cinema – Alexandra, Raglan Old School Arts Centre
The films will screen during the week of International Dance week and beyond so do check out the above cinemas for screening times. As part of celebrating our 20th year we have dusted off iconic short films Union and Timeless from our first foray into film making in 2003.
Also 8 our our films will screen at Te Papa on Sunday 30th April, our films being shown 11am-3pm in The Discovery Centre and WID are in the performance section 2-3pm.
- White Night
- 20th Anniversary
- InMotion projects
- New Class
- DanceBox films
- What we've been up to
- Company update
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Date: 18 March 2017
Performance times: 7:30pm - 7:45pm & 8:15pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Auckland Art Gallery - North Atrium
Auckland Arts Festival’s one-night arts extravaganza White Night is back!
All across town, inside and outside at over 100 venues and locations, artists, performers, musicians and makers of all description invite you to inspect, experience, watch, see, make and touch all sorts of wonderful creations. On White Night, galleries, squares, laneways and promenades, Auckland wide are free to explore at night.
Great news Touch Compass will perform as part of the Auckland Art Gallery's 'White Night' programme on 18 March.
Inspired by the original 'Undertide' dancers Suzanne Cowan, Alisha McLennan, Emilia Rubio, Julie van Renen will offer a new powerful live rendition supported by the original film.
'Undertide' is an exquisite, mesmerising feast where subtle movements guide the dancers from within: It is the experience of living in a body and raises questions around the body’s vitality and how we experience life from the inside out.
Wednesday 19th Oct
10.30am - 11.15am, Helene, Catherine and Jesse will teach an open movement workshop in Shed 1.
12.15pm ~ Community class will strut their stuff with one of their amazing performances.
Thursday 20th Oct - 7pm at Corbans Estate, Henderson.
Featuring an excerpt from our family show 'All The Way Home', the amazing band Mutes from Mars along with singing and comedy.
Book your free ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/gala-night-at-interact-2016-tickets-27116640602
Come join Touch Compass Dance Company for a fun ride where magical worlds collide on a journey of discovery and cheeky surprises.
Experience this inspiring dance/theatre event by disabled and non-disabled performers on Sun, 6 Nov at 2pm.
Suggested donation: $3 for children and $5 for adults
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Touch Compass, Auckland's inclusive dance company, reaches new heights with a show for kids
Working with challenges and trying new things is nothing new for Auckland's inclusive dance group.
However, their next performance is a first even for them: performing for young children.
Touch Compass Dance Co. is New Zealand's only professional, inclusive dance company and provides the stage for both disabled and non-disabled dancers to meet, on the floor and in mid-air.
While her next show is perhaps venturing into new territory, Chappell says that she is excited to be tailoring her work for this new demographic.
Instead of following a rigid plan from a book, this time the group are "making it up as they go".
"Not necessarily all of our work is tailored for children," she says.
Pick and Mix's Auckland Live series is a free, non ticketed event that brings performances and workshops to families from June 17 to September 4.
Entitled All The Way Home, Touch Compass's show is a feature of this series, and is suitable for 4 to 10-year-olds.
An inclusive dance cast aims to advocate, change perceptions and change expectations held by some people.
A sort of "isn't it nice what they do for those people" attitude can be patronising, she says.
"It's great working with people who are younger because they don't have those preconceptions".
Despite the demographic, Chappell will not scrimp on style.
"Children's theatre has to be as good as adult theatre," she says.
"We've made something especially for it."
The show features lots of props, a red trike, and a boy character who weaves his way through different worlds.
"It's important to get the right art to the work, so the audience feels like they are engaged in and on the journey.
"We have to get the flow right," she says.
Back in 1997, Chappell had no intention of founding such a successful dance company.
She says it was just an "organic pathway".
"There wasn't anyone who was open to doing it and it wasn't known that people with disabilities could dance."
- Saturday, August 20 from 10.30am till 11.30am. Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall.
- Sunday, August 21 from 10.30am till 11.30am. Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.
All the way home is our engaging new dance-theatre work that’s suitable for children and their families.
Created by Catherine Chappell and Carla Martell the piece features dancers Helene Burgstaller, Alisha McLennan, Adrian Smith, Jesse Johnstone-Steele and Julie van Renen.
All the way home premieres as part of Auckland Live’s Pick & Mix programme at 10.30am Saturday 20th August at the Auckland Town Hall and 10.30am Sunday 21st August at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.
InMotion inclusive dance tutor training will explore movement in motion, both physically and with a variety of apparatus. This 1.5 day training will focus on developing skills to teach a range of age groups from children to mature adults. Sessions will cover developing InMotion scores, spatial patterning and choreography for a range of abilities. Suitable for dancers/teachers, who areinterested in teaching inclusive dance in the community or in schools.
Rodney Bell – Internationally recognised and an award-winning inclusive performance artist of Ngāti Maniapoto descent. Founding dancer with Touch Compass, danced internationally with AXIS Dance Company and Dandelion Dance Theatre in San Francisco.
Catherine Chappell – Teacher, choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of Touch Compass. Pioneer of contact improvisation and inclusive dance in New Zealand Recipient of the Creative New Zealand choreographic fellowship in 2011.
Sue Cheesman – Dance teacher, choreographer and researcher. Currently the Senior Lecturer in Dance Education at the University of Waikato, and senior tutor for the Touch Compass weeklycommunity class for the past eight years.
Fri 10 June, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sat 11 June, 1.30pm – 8.30pm
$50.00 (unwaged/students | $75.00 – (waged)
Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Rd, Auckland
For further information or enrolment details:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (09) 550 6464 | 021 989 447
Don't miss the opportunity to see the premiere of our latest DanceBox short film featuring Renee Ball's story on the big screen!
At 19 years of age Renee Ball’s life flipped on its head. Midway through a Bachelor of Dance Studies she contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome and within a few days she was completely paralysed. Initially unable to communicate Renee spent the next five years rehabilitating and embracing her new normal through her abiding love of dance.
Flipped will be playing prior to selected films at The Victoria Theatre, Victoria Road, Devonport, from Thursday 28 April until Wednesday 4 May. Please see the session times below.
Flipped will be screened at The Victoria Theatre, Victoria Road, Devonport before the following feature film session times.
Eddie the Eagle
Thursday 28th April: 2.10pm, 3.30pm
Friday 29th April: 12.10pm, 2.15pm, 4.20pm
Saturday 30th April: 12.10pm, 2.15pm, 4.20pm, 6.40pm
Sunday 1st May: 12.15pm, 2.20pm, 4.20pm, 6.55pm
Monday 2nd May: 12.25pm, 3.45pm
Tuesday 3rd May: 12.15pm, 3.45pm, 6.10pm
Wednesday 4th May: 12.15pm, 3.45pm, 6.10pm
Can't get to Devonport watch FLIPPED online: https://vimeo.com/164196905
FILMS IN THE DANCEBOX SERIES
Drumming is Like Thunder (3:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CzL1dt3Wo
Mr & Mrs Jones (3:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHOOpHOUmAM
The Big Adventure (2:45) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQxIm9Ky0sI
Lady Word Smith (3:40) https://vimeo.com/130501503
TOUCH COMPASS at Cuba Dupa this weekend with three stunning works.
Touch Compass presents Rogue – an energetic, jigsaw of physical bodies in which uncanny stories and coincidences embrace everyday activities. The piece challenges roles of dominance and different styles of motion and connection utilising each dancers’ unique physicality. Choreographed by Malia Johnston and dancers with music by Eden Mulholland.
SATURDAY 19 MARCH
3:15pm – 3:30pm
SUNDAY 20 MARCH
2:45pm – 3:00pm
Ghuznee Street (opposite Leeds St carpark)
From the company’s portable dance series Touch Compass dancers in collaboration with Wellington Integrated Dance bring you Roving Frame. This highly sculptural piece includes a series of solos, duets and trios that are performed within and around an ever-changing aluminium frame. Performers traverse between containment and freedom as they explore an evolving landscape set to a sound score by James Risbey.
SATURDAY 19 MARCH
2:00pm – 2:30pm
SUNDAY 20 MARCH
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Outside CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba Street
Touch Compass’s iconic Grotteschi explores the magical world of Ava the Spider Woman and Argyle the Magnificent Mantis Man, two hybrid creatures that engage in a saga of seduction and struggle. Choreographed by Suzanne Cowan in collaboration with Adrian Smith, and with a score by Eden Mulholland, Grotteschi draws on the freak show and burlesque as it plays with notions of the grotesque.
SATURDAY 19 MARCH
4:15pm – 4:30pm
SUNDAY 20 MARCH
4:00pm – 4:15pm
Ghuznee Street (opposite Leeds St carpark)
In January in the intense heat we shot aanother DanceBox fim, Flipped is the artistic portrayal of Renee Ball's journey after contracting Guillian Barre Syndrome fives years ago and the impact it has had on her life.
With the help of the Ministry of Social Development, our creative team Romola, Catherine, Ado, Tony and Matt, joined forces with Renee and her family to tell this extraordinary story in an extraordinary way.
Julie, Katie, Fathe, Merhawey and Sierra all put in compelling performances, helped considerably by Miryam who ensured everyone was feed and looked after.
Right now we’re in the editing suite, slotting scenes cohesively together cohesively. Watch this space for the final version.
Watch out for Touch Compass'a portable dance series set within the gorgeous Hamilton Gardens
on 19 & 20 February. Its worth a day trip for! Ticketed and free events.
At the end of January 2016 we will be moving out of our beloved Sandringham studio.
The studio has been a solid base for nearly four years, providing us with a safe and valuable creative space that has enabled the company to develop new exciting products, and engage with a diversity of people and community participants.
Despite recent fundraising efforts, regrettably, we could not meet the required two-year rental term and the landlord now has a new tenant who has committed to five years.
Sadly, this is the commercial reality in Auckland’s property market.
We are now seeking a new home. We do not yet know where it will be or how long it will take, but please be assured we will do our best to ensure there is minimal interruption to our scheduled community and youth classes, albeit they will be in a different location.
We appreciate this news is a surprise, and disappointing.
If anyone is aware of suitable space for hire and also appropriate storage for our stage, costumes and equipment please contact Catherine, Karen or Juliet.
I am sure there are more exciting opportunities ahead and in the meantime enjoy the studio and plan to be at our Christmas get-together at 3.30pm on Saturday 5 December.
Check out what's on offer and for those who can't make it put in a pre-auction bid (closes midday Friday 11 Sept)
For the arty amongst us
- Philippa Bentley art work
- Swan from Nord, is it a planter, a magazine holder, or....???
- Lunch for 4 at The Navy with a tour of HMNZS Canterbury
- Dinner at El Humero, Takapuna
- Lunch at Franc’s
- Dinner at Regatta Bar
- High Tea at Sofitel
- Devonshire Tea at The Esplanade
- Gorgeous basket of French goodies from Chateaubriand
- Brunch or lunch at Takapuna Beach Cafe
- Case of Central Otago rose
- Magnum of Prosecco
For the Adventurous Ones...
- A J Hackett Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump – throw yourself off the bridge, why not
- Formula E Indoor Raceway, NZs fastest indoor karts! - Karting for 5, fantastic for a family, birthday party, stag or hen do, corporate team-building etc
- Fishing Trip for two, including lunch
- Rainbows End family pass
- Jump (trampoline centre) pass for two
- Snow Planet – family pass
Get out and about in the Spring Air
- Bike around Waiheke on an E-cycle (for two!)
- Take a trip around Devonport on a Segway (for two!)
- Ferry pass to Waiheke and picnic lunch for 2 from The Goldie Room
- Red Boats ferry pass to Riverhead
- Parakai Hot Springs pass
Let me.....Entertain You !
- Tickets to Victoria Cinema + tapas
- Tickets to Company Theatre – Don’t Dress For Dinner at The Rose Centre
- Tickets to The Bridgeway Theatre, Northcote Pt
- Private Hire of the 30 seater Benwell Cinema at Victoria Theatre, great for a bunch of friends, a birthday party, work do, choice is yours!
Spoil Yourself – it’s Spring!
- A night for two at Sky City Grand
- A Facial from the lovely Skinsense
- Bliss aromatherapy – treat those tired feet
- Nail shape and paint from Honey
- Cut and Blow dry from Vauxhall Rose salon
- Craniosacral Treatment from Pure
- Spray tan – Brown Bella
- 1:1 pilates session with ‘Pilates with Emma’
- Cosi Fan Tutte – Orange Blossom pack
Cosy night in....
- Bottle of wine + voucher for Civic video
- Topp Twins dvd and books
Just lovely things....
- Full towel bale and basket from Wallace Cotton
- Lovely gift basket from Red Queen, Devonport Wharf
- 2 pairs luxury merino socks, Yarntons
- Luxury silk hand-stitched kantha (queensize throw) – Song, Jervois Rd
- WOF and wheel alignment – Firestone, Devonport
TOUCH COMPASS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITIONS TOUR AND NEW DANCERS
21 August - Playhouse Theatre, University of Waikato, Hamilton
27 – 29 August - Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington
New Zealand’s pioneering inclusive dance company, Touch Compass, is hitting the road in August with their popular 2014 Acquisitions season. In addition, today they announce a thrilling new line-up of dancers.
The country’s only professional, inclusive dance company, Touch Compass works with disabled and non-disabled dancers to create high quality contemporary dance that challenges perceptions about who can dance and what dance is.
According to Touch Compass’ Artistic Director, and Acquisitions Curator and Co-choreographer, Catherine Chappell, the choreography draws on the dancers’ unique disabilities and, as such, their differences become artistic features.
“We are thrilled to remount Acquisitions with a new look company, which will see the magic from the original choreography come to life with exciting influences from the new Company members,” Chappell says.
Acquisitions is a multi-media dance production consisting of two performance works which sit alongside a series of engaging short films.
The first, Undertide, is an exquisite mixed media dance and film work by Body Cartography, USA-based choreographers Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. It explores the experience of living within a body and raises questions around how we experience life from the inside out supported by intriguing music composed by Clare Cowan.
The second, Watching Windows, is a compelling work created by company dancers in collaboration with Catherine Chappell. Watching Windows plays with the idea of scale and physical boundaries. Bodies, objects and moments are hidden and revealed in a journey of discovery and intrigue with music curated by percussionist Chris O’Connor.
The short films were created as part of the company’s outreach programme and feature the company’s professional dancers together with community participants.
The newly-formed ensemble for Acquisitions comprises Georgie Goater, Cameron Lansdown-Goodman, Duncan Armstrong, Alisha McLennan, Joshua Pether, Julie van Renen and Samantha Wood-Rawnsley.
As well as their professional work, Touch Compass dancers undertake community, youth and tutor training classes. They are the only company in the South Pacific providing opportunities for aspiring disabled dancers and choreographers.
Chappell says, “The impact Touch Compass has on the lives of all its dancers is profound, as well as giving individuals living with disabilities the opportunity to dance and choreograph at a professional level. We take our role very seriously in challenging and changing views on what dance is and who can do it, and we hope this consequently impacts wider views around disability and the performing arts.”
Acquisitions will open in Hamilton on 21 August and Wellington on 27 August. It premiered in 2014 at Auckland’s Q Theatre.
The opening work in this most mesmerising of programmes begins with a filmed section projected on to a large wooden cube which contains and catapults the dancers into action for the whole of the show's duration. – Bernadette Rae, New Zealand Herald
Chris O'Connor provides a sound score that choreographers and dancers can only dream of – 'loving the musical boxes, the mix of live percussion and recorded sound that supports the quicksilver final section. – Dr Linda Ashley, Theatreview
Performance – Friday 21 Aug (7.30pm)
Schools’ matinee – Friday 21 August (11am)
Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington
Performances – 27, 28, 29 August (all 7.30pm)
Schools’ matinee – 28 August (11am)
Schools’ workshop – 28 August (12.30pm)
For more information, images and interviews, please contact:
Siobhan Waterhouse | Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity | P: 022 126 4149 | E: email@example.com
More about Acquisitions and Touch Compass:
Didn't make it to Acquisitions '14
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Local inclusive dance company receives anonymous $100k fund-matching offer
An anonymous donor has made an incredible offer to local inclusive dance company, Touch Compass, promising to donate $100,000 the organisation.
However, there’s a catch: Touch Compass first have to raise $100,000 themselves – and they must do it by August 1, 2015.
The offer came completely out of the blue for Touch Compass, based on Auckland’s North Shore and Chairperson Phil Gibson says the opportunity couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
Touch Compass is New Zealand’s only professional integrated contemporary dance company. Its unique, high-quality performances include dancers with and without disability and the company has won both national and international acclaim for its ground-breaking performances.
The impact that Touch Compass has on the lives of its dancers is profound, offering a chance for individuals living with disabilities to dance, choreograph and undertake lighting and stage duties at a professional level.
“Dancing with Touch Compass has enabled my exploration of physical diversity and further helped me crystallise my ideas of my disability by discovering my body's limitations and possibilities through dance,” says Touch Compass dancer, Tess Connell.
Gibson says raising $100,000 and having it matched by the anonymous donor would be a huge opportunity, allowing Touch Compass to develop more accessible venues, provide direct employment opportunities to dancers and help it reach into regional areas and overseas.
Donations can be made to; http://www.givealittle.co.nz//org/TouchCompass or Touch Company Dance Trust at ASB: 12-3022-0388572-50. Alternatively, cheques can be written out to the above and mailed to:
Touch Compass Dance Company, PO Box 33 1086, Takapuna, Auckland 0740
- ARTS ACCESS AOTEAROA -
Touch Compass Dance Company's new season, Acquisitions '14, will make dance accessible to blind and vision impaired audiences in Auckland with an audio described performance on Sunday 10 August.
Touch Compass is an inclusive contemporary dance company in Auckland. It has received international acclaim for its works with disabled and non-disabled dancers.
Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, says this will be the first audio described dance performance in New Zealand.
“Touch Compass has led the way in providing performance opportunities for disabled dancers,” he says. “Now, it’s leading the way in building new audiences for contemporary dance by providing audio description.”
Karen Fraser Payne, General Manager, Touch Compass, says the inclusion of an audio described dance performance, along with an Accessible Forum on 9 August, demonstrates the company's commitment to accessibility.
“Providing skilled facilitators, and specialist tools and equipment is vital to ensuring increased participation for all New Zealanders,” Karen says.
The audio described performance will also include a touch tour of the performance space before the show begins.
The Accessible Forum will feature an explanation of the show, led by Touch Compass Artistic Director Catherine Chappell and some of the performers. The forum will be sign language interpreted and facilitated for blind and sight impaired patrons.
The week-long season of Acquisitions '14 includes three new works, combining dance and film.
One of these works is the world premiere of Undertide– a film and live performance work by award-winning New Zealand/United States choreographers Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad.
Watching Windows, created by Catherine Chappell and the company dancers, explores physical boundaries and limitations.
The third work is the company's interactive DanceBoxproject, which will be displayed in Q Theatre foyers throughout the season.
Dancers from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are taking up a unique challenge to create portable dance works performed inside a box.
Touch Compass Dance Company’s DanceBox Challenge will be launched in Auckland to celebrate International Dance Day on Tuesday 29 April.
In the first stage of the project, 14 dancers in Auckland take part in a three day workshop to develop pieces performed within the confines of a 2m cube box.
The works will be filmed and uploaded online for others to join the conversation and the best works will be part of the Touch Compass Dance Company’s Acquisitions ‘14 season in August.
Touch Compass artistic director Catherine Chappell says DanceBox brings diverse dancers together to exchange and share stories in a creative and physical way.
The project uses dance, performance and film to shine light on “those profound moments when life reveals itself to the person living it – often changing everything from that point on”.
Ms Chappell said launching the project to tie in with International Dance Day worked alongside Touch Compass Dance Company’s philosophy of questioning who can dance and bringing dance out of the theatre and into people’s lives.
“We want people to join in the conversation and comment on the different works.”
The workshops include young dancers from Touch Compass Dance Company’s community class working with Touch Compass professional dancers and themes for the dance works are around ‘something that changed my life’.
The DanceBox Challenge project is an extension of Touch Compass Dance Company’s successful Hotbox season in 2013, a season of short performances on the streets of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch which was experienced by more than 5000 people.
“So often dance takes place on stage in a theatre, but last year we took it to the street," Ms Chappell said. "This year, we’re taking that one step further and taking it online to engage with as many people as possible."
The first stage of the DanceBox Challenge will be uploaded online over the coming months. The Wellington and Christchurch workshops will take place in May and June.
The Touch Compass DanceBox Challenge is supported by the Ministry of Social Development Make a Difference Campaign.
New Education Resource for schools is now available for pre-orders. Out 14 February 2014. See Education page for details.
Touch Compass is pleased to announce that its expression of interest in Creative New Zealand's Arts Leadership Investment Programme has been successful. The Arts Board recognised Touch Compass's ability to deliver the programme's key roles of creating, presenting and distributing high quality contemporary New Zealand dance, and providing professional development services and information to the wider dance sector. This is a great coup for Touch Compass and will enable us to truly develop our training and performance programme over a number of years.
Touch Compass dances around North Island for 10th birthday celebration Renowned New Zealand dance company Touch Compass celebrates its 10th anniversary in Auckland from October 17, 2007 with a four centre North Island tour. The company's most memorable works have been selected for this retrospective showcase, including the outstanding and critically acclaimed work - Lusi's Eden. Over the last ten years audiences have been drawn to the beauty and skill of this ground breaking company, unique for its integration of professional dancers and choreographers with and without a disability. Highly regarded for their innovation and "flying", which sees wheelchairs and dancers suspended and swinging above the stage, the company creates work to challenge public perception of "what dance is and who is a dancer". The work that has resulted has earned Touch Compass the reputation as a pioneering and ingenious contemporary dance company. A decade ago, artistic director and founder Catherine Chappell returned home from the United States to experiment with her newly learned contact improvisation skills. Touch Compass was created in the same year and in 1997 the first Touch Compass season proudly premiered at Auckland's Maidment Theatre. Lusi's Eden is a theatrical journey which sees the heroine Lusi Faiva trade her electric wheelchair for a harness, to fly her to freedom across the stage and high above the audience. This physical and metaphorical flight of fancy inspires and uplifts audiences, who identify with the liberation of spirit which is captured by this poignant and exuberant work.