28 Nov 2022

Tuarā Wairua kicks off in Tāmaki Makaurau!

Suzanne Cowan, Touch Compass Artistic Direction Panel member:

We are very excited to begin our 3 week workshop with international choreographer Sharon Fridman! It is wonderful to see him again after 10 years and dive into this choreographic exploration.

We had a wonderful warm up last week with Rachel Ruckstuhl Mann and Kristian Larsen. Rachel invited us into a deep somatic process of exploration that reconnected us with contact improvisation techniques, which is the dance form which Sharon largely draws from.

We welcomed Sefa Tunupopo from Wellington to the Touch Compass crew, which includes Duncan Armstrong (also from Wellington), Alisha McLennan Marler, Julie van Renen, Emilia Rubio and myself. It is such a joy to be back in the studio making work after a long hiatus and we can’t wait to see what emerges!

About Sharon Fridman:
Sharon Fridman (born 1980) is an Israeli contemporary dancer and choreographer. He serves as the artistic director and choreographer of the Sharon Fridman Company and had his work performed all around the world. Sharon Fridman’s dancing knowledge is made up of Israeli folklore and contemporary dance. He co-produced several pieces together with Mercat de les Flors, Ludwigshafen Theater, Autumn Festival, Madrid en danza and the Tenerife Auditorium, among others. His pieces received many awards nationally and internationally as well. He is an important figure of contact improvisation in Europe.

Warming up on the first day of rehearsal for Tuarā Wairua.Warming up on the first day of rehearsal for Tuarā Wairua.Warming up on the first day of rehearsal for Tuarā Wairua.
Discussing dance with Sharon Fridman.Discussing dance with Sharon Fridman.Discussing dance with Sharon Fridman.

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