Welcome to Touch CompassWelcome to Touch Compass

Welcome to Touch Compass

Welcome to Touch Compass

Nau mai, haere mai ki Touch Compass

Creating innovative disability-led arts since 1997

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Tragedy! Hardship!! Inspiration!!! This. Is. NOT. That. Show.

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Meremere at Q Theatre!Meremere at Q Theatre!

Meremere at Q Theatre!

Meremere at Q Theatre!

After a sold-out run in April 2021, Rodney Bell's autobiographical story, Meremere, is back by popular demand for three select dates at Auckland's Q Theatre, before touring to arts festivals across Australia.

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#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series: Kōrero with Candoco: How disability consciousness is shifting the landscape of integrated dance#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series: Kōrero with Candoco: How disability consciousness is shifting the landscape of integrated dance

#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series: Kōrero with Candoco: How disability consciousness is shifting the landscape of integrated dance

#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series: Kōrero with Candoco: How disability consciousness is shifting the landscape of integrated dance

Come join us for this free webinar and learn from some of the best in integrated and disability-led arts!

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Touch Compass is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading professional arts organisation whose work is disability-led. We deliver high-quality performances and art activations, youth and community classes, workshops, and professional development.

Touch Compass provides a platform for disabled artists, choreographers and production crews to advance their skills and capabilities to create, produce and deliver innovative and authentic creative experiences face-to-face and online for local, national and international audiences. Through Touch Compass, individuals and organisations can grow their disability consciousness and awareness, champion diversity and inclusiveness.

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A still from Alter State Digital Launch. A Māori female sign language interpreter with long dark hair and glasses, wearing a dark shirt, is set against a background of a top-to-bottom mirror image of ocean ripples. She is using her hands to interpret.A still from Alter State Digital Launch. A Māori female sign language interpreter with long dark hair and glasses, wearing a dark shirt, is set against a background of a top-to-bottom mirror image of ocean ripples. She is using her hands to interpret.

Alter State Digital Launch (2021), Stephanie Awheto, multilingual sign language interpreter

Work
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Our works are disability-led, exceptional professional arts performances and arts activations.

We are multidisciplinary, ranging from dance and movement performances to theatre, digital films, visual arts, festival engagements and site-specific installations. Through our work we explore the intersection of culture and disability, and showcase Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), Va Pasifika (the spirit of Pasifika) and high-quality innovative disability-led performance. Our work can be found in venues throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

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Six students wearing white t-shirts, five standing, one in a wheelchair, dancing with their arms fluidly moving in the air.Six students wearing white t-shirts, five standing, one in a wheelchair, dancing with their arms fluidly moving in the air.

Education
Mātauranga

We have been running fun and engaging education classes for many years, offering a solid foundation of dance, movement and togetherness for our students (tauira).

Two different offerings - our Creative Class (rangatahi and teina - youth and young adults) and our Contemporary Class (pakeke - for adults) - ensure that our creative whānau - disabled and non-disabled - grow together, working towards developing their skills in performance and enhancing social connection. These classes also have public showings throughout the year that give whānau, friends and family, and community audiences a chance to see first-hand what they've learned. Join a class today!

See the listings for the classes for more information, or contact office@touchcompass.org.nz

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Whaikaha - Pursuing Strength

A year ago, Touch Compass reappropriated the term Tāngata Mana Whaikaha as our te reo vernacular for our people, replacing the negative connotation of whaiora, and haua.

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Mana Whaikaha Hautūtanga
Disability Leadership

"Nothing about us without us, led by us"Mana Whaikaha Hautūtanga
Disability Leadership

"Nothing about us without us, led by us"

Mana Whaikaha Hautūtanga Disability Leadership "Nothing about us without us, led by us"

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