New sea­son starts

Central Leader - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

Touch Com­pass Dance Com­pany is pre­par­ing for an­other sea­son of in­spir­ing new works.

Ac­qui­si­tions ’14 fea­tures three seg­ments and has a week-long sea­son at Q Theatre in Auck­land from Au­gust 6 to 10.

Cu­rated by artis­tic di­rec­tor Cather­ine Chap­pell, the pro­duc­tion com­bines film and live dance per­for­mances.

Touch Com­pass is New Zealand’s first in­clu­sive dance com­pany and has been ac­claimed in­ter­na­tion­ally for its work with dis­abled and nondis­abled dancers.

Tess Con­nell has been in­volved with Touch Com­pass since she was 12. The Three Kings res­i­dent has also fea­tured in two film projects with the com­pany.

Also in­volved is Ge­orgie Goater from Mt Al­bert, who is co-founder of award-win­ning dance com­pany Back­Lit Pro­duc­tions.

Since start­ing the com­pany, she’s been ac­tive in the Auck­land dance com­mu­nity. The first work is Un­der­tide – a film and live per­for­mance by award-win­ning New Zealand and United States chore­og­ra­phers Olive Bieringa and Otto Ram­stad.

The sec­ond work is Watch­ing Win­dows, a new piece cre­ated by Chap­pell and the com­pany dancers. It ex­plores how bod­ies, ob­jects and mo­ments are hid­den and re­vealed in a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery.

The third in­stal­ment is an in­ter­ac­tive DanceBox project, which will take over the Q Theatre Loft foyer through­out the sea­son.

Tick­ets can be booked at qthe­atre.co.nz or by phon­ing 309 9771.

Dance story: Tess Con­nell is part of Touch Com­pass and dances in their up­com­ing sea­son of works.

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