Malia Johnston has completed the first HOTBOX entitled 'Rogue' with dancers Alisha McLennan, Georgie Goater, Daniel King and new comer Zildjian Robinson.
Rogue showing comments:
"Finally an opportunity to kinaesthetically feel disability and not be separated by it".
"Liked the sense of people in urban setting getting on with stuff …. meeting , parting , moving".
The Hotbox series are small boutique works performed in a variety of spaces including in a theatre, garage, hall, mall, school, shop, museum or art gallery to name a few. The HOTBOX series will consist of choreographed and improvised works, duets, trios or quartets. A community development programme where the participants will be taught how to make their own HOTBOX through workshops and residencies.
If you are interested in hosting a Hotbox please contact Catherine Chappell email@example.com
The Cube in association with Touch Compass proudly presents, "One day of Epic Experiences" - Monday 3rd December - 40 Ethel Street, Sandringham from 3.00pm - 4.30pm.
Show us your moves in a workshop with Touch Compass, then see them dance off against a guest crew !!
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For information about The Cube go to: www.thecube.org.nz
'SEAMLESS' A double bill from New Zealand and Tasmania
When: 20th October 4.00 pm and 21st October 6.00 pm
Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland City
Touch Compass New Zealand’s leading integrated dance Company presents Spring a spacious and buoyant new aerial bungee born out of Artistic Director Catherine Chappell’s recent Creative NZ choreographic fellowship. Spring lofts to new heights with a glorious musical score by Eden Mulholland, stunning set installation by Brydee Rood with original lighting design by Martyn Roberts. Featuring a powerful cast of Matt Gibbons, Sarah Houbolt, Alisha McLennan and Adrian Smith.
“I expected loud overt tricks but receive gentle subtle ones instead. In particular I enjoy watching the way in which the action and elasticity of the bungee cord reverberates through each of the performer's bodies with such liquid ease.” – Anna Bate, Theatre Review
The Company I Keep a journey through the sensations and emotions that we share when we dress up for a first date, prepare for a party, argue with parents or simply share a quiet moment with someone we care for. A heartfelt and enriching journey celebrating relationships as they begin and develop and keep. This is dance, gesture and voice but above all its humanity in all its richness. It is the company we keep.
Award winning director Finegan Kruckemeyer created The Company I Keep on Tasmanian based group Second Echo, produced by Tasmanian Theatre Company and Cosmos Recreational Services with funding from the Tasmanian Government.
SEAMLESS – “It’s a pleasure to be able to present this exciting programme a delicate and poignant show that will connect at a deep level”. Catherine Chappell
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Alisha is about to travel to the UK and study with Wired Aerial Theatre in Liverpool. We wish her a fantastic
trip. Check out her blog: http://alishamclennan.blog.com/
'Big A' Artistic Achievement awards go to two Touch Compass dancers! Check out facebook for image and more.
Possibly New Zealand’s first and largest aerial capable, wheelchair accessible dance studio will open on Saturday 31 March.
Mr David Shearer, MP for Mt Albert will officially open inclusive dance company Touch Compass’s Sandringham studio at a gala event that includes performances by the community class and the professional company.
The studio has been made possible since an anonymous donation was gifted in 2008. An accessible studio has always been a vision for Touch Compass’s founder and artistic director Catherine Chappell who pioneered inclusive or integrated dance (disabled and non disabled dancers) in New Zealand 15 years ago.
“It’s been such a long time coming,” said Catherine. “When we heard we were to receive such a generous donation it was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned that it would be invested in a studio. So we’ve spent the last three years scrupulously looking for the right inner city location, with the right height for our aerial work, as well as being wheelchair accessible.”
Guests attending the opening will have a sneak preview of the new aerial bungee work that will feature in the company’s new 15th anniversary season, 27 to 31 June at Q Theatre.
Touch Compass is pleased to announce that its expression of interest in Creative New Zealand's Arts Leadership Investment Programme has been successful. The Arts Board recognised Touch Compass's ability to deliver the programme's key roles of creating, presenting and distributing high quality contemporary New Zealand dance, and providing professional development services and information to the wider dance sector. This is a great coup for Touch Compass and will enable us to truly develop our training and performance programme over a number of years.
The founder of Touch Compass Dance Trust, Catherine Chappell, has been awarded the 2011 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.
Worth $65,000, it is the largest choreographic award or fellowship available in New Zealand and provides the resources and time for established choreographers to commit to a period of investigation, experimentation and research.
Auckland-based, Catherine Chappell’s professional dance career spans 25 years and a variety of roles, including dancer, teacher, choreographer, mentor and producer. Following on from a strong background in contact improvisation, Catherine established Touch Compass in 1997 – New Zealand’s first integrated Dance Company for mixed-ability performers. From the first performance, Touch Compass has developed ‘aerial work’, which sees wheelchairs and dancers suspended and swinging above the stage. This work has earned Touch Compass the reputation of being a pioneering and ingenious contemporary dance company.
Touch Compass dances around North Island for 10th birthday celebration Renowned New Zealand dance company Touch Compass celebrates its 10th anniversary in Auckland from October 17, 2007 with a four centre North Island tour. The company's most memorable works have been selected for this retrospective showcase, including the outstanding and critically acclaimed work - Lusi's Eden. Over the last ten years audiences have been drawn to the beauty and skill of this ground breaking company, unique for its integration of professional dancers and choreographers with and without a disability. Highly regarded for their innovation and "flying", which sees wheelchairs and dancers suspended and swinging above the stage, the company creates work to challenge public perception of "what dance is and who is a dancer". The work that has resulted has earned Touch Compass the reputation as a pioneering and ingenious contemporary dance company. A decade ago, artistic director and founder Catherine Chappell returned home from the United States to experiment with her newly learned contact improvisation skills. Touch Compass was created in the same year and in 1997 the first Touch Compass season proudly premiered at Auckland's Maidment Theatre. Lusi's Eden is a theatrical journey which sees the heroine Lusi Faiva trade her electric wheelchair for a harness, to fly her to freedom across the stage and high above the audience. This physical and metaphorical flight of fancy inspires and uplifts audiences, who identify with the liberation of spirit which is captured by this poignant and exuberant work.