This week it is the 15th anniversary of one of Auckland’s most inspiring dance companies.
Touch Compass Dance Company presented Run! Slip! Spring! at Q Theatre in Auckland to a much appreciative audience.
This unique company features dancers with disabilities in a show that was like nothing I had ever seen before, a true original which redefines not only what dance is but also who should be able to dance.
Each piece evoked new emotions as the vast stage was used to its fullest through movement and use of props.
The use of live vocals from Tracy Z in the performance was especially poignant and powerful.
I particularly enjoyed the performance from Jesse Johnston-Steele, who I later found out has been with the company since day one! His energy and enthusiasm was infectious.
Jesse Johnston-Steele and Melanie Turner from Touch Compass Dance Company
I second half of the show and uses aerial bungee allowing for a whole new experience to a dance show.
It’s a shame that I have not seen any performance, let alone dance, that featured disability before.
Founder Catherine Chappell was emotional in her post performance speech making it obvious just how dedicated and proud she is of her uniquely talented dancers.
Founder of Touch Compass, Catherine Chappell after the show.
I found this show both inspiring and challenging and it definitely opened my eyes to how we move and how dance can incorporate all types of movement. A great live arts experience!