Our vision is of a seamless society that redefines what dance is and who can dance. We’re inspired by the idea of an inclusive, fully accessible society where the creative talents of all its participants, including those with unique function, can be realised.
We believe that the power of visual language can transcend outdated social constructs and integrated dance performance is an effective means of communicating this ideal.
Rather than overcoming disability we aim to redefine the invisible frames that make up our world and create a society that truly values its diversity.
We produce improvised performances as well as repertory work and specialising in aerial and dance-theatre, collaborating with theatre directors. The company draws strongly from the movement form, Contact Improvisation, a dance practice that emerged in the 1970s.
Touch Compass is committed to exploring movement practices that maximise the uniqueness of bodies rather than pursuing traditional dance aesthetics and conventional beauty. The diversity of physicality and ability among the dancers is regarded as a strength and a platform for creativity.
Since 1999 the company has focused on commissioning works from international choreographers, such as Carol Brown and Jeremy Nelson (2010-2011) and Marc Brew (2011-2012), as well as growing potential within the company through choreographic lab projects.