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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.

8 x short dance/theatre films

DanceBox short Film exhibition runs 2 - 13 November at Mairangi Arts Centre, North Shore featuring 8 short films set within a 2 metre x 2 metre squared plywood box.

In the films, company artists and community participants look back on those significant moments when life revealed itself to them – often changing everything from that point on.

Mairangi Arts Centre cast

'All the way home' an engaging, fun and quirky new dance theatre show suitable for children and their families. Public shows on 2pm Sunday 6 November & Sunday 13 November * - (this matinee is especially targeted towards grandparents and their grandchildren). Created by Catherine Chappell & Carla Martell featuring dancers Duncan Armstrong Helene Burgestalle, Sierra Diprose, Tama Jarman and Alisha McLennen. 

Photo copyright ©2016 Jocelen Janon

Free performance of the iconic and highly entertaining duet Grotteschi with Suzanne Cowan and Adrian Smith this Sunday 24 April as part of NZ Dance Week, 2pm at the North Atrium, Auckland Art Gallery. 

Along with performances by Jahra Wasasala and Grace Woollett with Mother/Jaw and Company of Seniors with Poppy Dance.


Cuba Dupa Street Festival

Touch Compass performed six times over 2 days at the Cuba Dupa street festival in Wellington, 19 & 20 March 2015.

Collaborating with Wellington Integrated Dance with Roving Frame, and company works Grotteschi and Rogue.

You guys were great! So simple and clear. Worked so well in the middle of the street!”

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

19  & 20 February | 6:30pm | Portable dance series (Ticketed)

20 February | 10.30am | Dance workshop (free)

20 February | 1.30pm | Performance on grass bank above carpark (free)

Touch Compass presents an exquisite and mesmerising dance that explores the human body, its vitality and our shared human experience. From subtle movements that guide the dancers from within exploring how we experience life from the inside out - to a fragmented, energetic jigsaw of physical bodies.

Acquisitions 15' season

Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton

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)


Three-day tutor training with Marc Brew, Sue Cheesman and Catherine Chappell. 

Touch Compass Summer School 2015

For five days in early 2015 25 participants from Australia, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Paeroa, Raglan and Auckland came together for an audition summer school. 

Learning repertoire from Watching Windows, dancers used contact improvisation skills to find new authentic ways of moving by themselves – with boxes, balls, the wall and with others.

In the heat the studio came alive with an amazing group of people who threw themselves into it and shared honestly and deeply.

Acquisitions 14 season

Curated by our artistic director Catherine Chappell, ACQUISITIONS '14 comprised three gorgeous parts to one stunning whole.

The world premiere of Undertide kicked things off, with an exquisite mixed-media dance and film work by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. Undertide explores the experience of living in a body, raising questions on how we experience life from the inside out.