06 Jul 2022

Auditions for new contemporary dance work!

Touch Compass is auditioning for a boundary-pushing new contemporary dance work, Tuarā Wairua, choreographed by acclaimed Israeli choreographer, Sharon Fridman (Sharon-fridman.com/en).

This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with an innovative, disability-led performance company and an award-winning, established choreographer who recently presented ‘Shape on Us’, a contemporary dance piece for diverse dancers in Israel.

We are seeking to cast a diverse group of dancers who identify as having a disability and dancers who don’t identify as having a disability. We welcome applications from people with physical, sensory and neurological diversity, including invisible disabilities such as chronic pain.

Up to five roles are being cast for this paid opportunity. Applicants need to have professional experience as contemporary dancers, including contact improvisation.

Tuarā Wairua is being developed over a two-year period. Dancers must be available in Auckland for the entire work - the initial workshop and the core rehearsal and premiere periods.

Workshop Dates: November 21st - December 16th, 2022

Core Rehearsal and Premiere dates: July 17th - September 3rd, 2023

*Dates subject to change

Touring experience would also be advantageous. We expect to tour Tuarā Wairua both in Aotearoa and overseas in late 2023 and 2024.

To apply, please send the following information to Dr Suzanne Cowan at suzannec@touchcompass.org by 6:00pm on Thursday, 28th July, 2022.

  • Your CV (PDF, audio, or video) and headshot
  • Any links to previous work or a showreel

Please also send an access rider/statement with your application - this is a document outlining any access requirements you may have. This will not be reviewed as part of the application; instead it will be used to ensure we can support your access requirements for the audition process.

If you have any questions regarding the audition, access, or just want to know more about the project please contact Izzy Robinson at Producer@touchcompass.org.nz.

We use this definition of disability: A disability is defined as a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual or group. The term is used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. Classifications of disability also recognize the role of physical and social environmental factors in affecting disability outcomes. Disabilities can impact people in different ways, even when one person has the same type of disability as another person. Some disabilities may be hidden, known as invisible disability. There are many types of disabilities.

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