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International Dance Day 2018

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An exciting series of events for International Dance Day in the capital!

Touch Compass will celebrate International Dance Day, at Te Papa, with a new duet “Drift” performed by Julie Van Renen and Rodney Bell, and choreographed by the talented Sarah Foster Sproull.

This 5 minute performance on the forecourt by the main entrance to Te Papa, at 10.45am on Sunday 29 April, will open the event. The day will also offer workshops, a second performance at 3.00pm on Te Marae and a presentation of some of our films as part of a ‘dance reel’ in their Soundings Theatre.

On the same weekend, Touch Compass have been invited to run workshops for WIDance at Te Whaea and Wellington Ballet School at Johnsonville Community Centre.

There will be another opportunity to catch ‘Drift’ as Rodney and Julie have been secured as guest performers at the JDK show, Hannah Playhouse, Saturday 28 April at 7.00pm. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday 28 April

11.00am – 12.00pm: Workshop at Wellington Integrated Dance, open to anyone, Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington 6021. Register:

2.00pm – 4.00pm: Workshop at Wellington Ballet School, open to anyone, Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037. Register:

7.00pm: ‘Drift’ performance at JDK show at Hannah Playhouse, Level 2, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington

Sunday 29 April

International Dance Day at Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

10.45am: ‘Drift’performance on the forecourt of Te Papa,  opening performance for International Dance Day,

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Workshop at Te Papa on Te Marae

3.00pm: ‘Drift’ performance at Te Papa on Te Marae


In neither the past nor the future two friends dance a strange tango together. They drift in and out of contact with each other and throw down playful challenges of speed, dynamic, and gestural communication. As the dance partners drift in and out of contact we are invited to consider how we touch, and how this touch might be read by others. 

Choreographed by Sarah Foster Sproull with music by Andrew Foster. 5 minutes in length.

Julie and Rodney performing in 'Drift'

Julie and Rodney performing in 'Drift'

Earlier Event: 3 December
On Display Sculpture Court
Later Event: 21 July
InMotion Matariki 2018