'Dance beyond difference' is the catch-cry of Touch Compass, a contemporary dance company that include dancers with and without disability. Touch Compass has won national and international acclaim for their ground-breaking performances. Expect aerial bungee work, songs, visual spectacle, beautiful intimate stories, and an exploration of the place between falling and flying.

Here are the three pieces:

Run by international choreographer Marc Brew is a hard-edged work evoking desperation and escape that presents the idea of moving forward in our lives from the habits and histories that hold us back and restrict our growth.

Carol Brown’s piece Slip premiered at the Auckland Town Hall in August 2010 and toured to Wellington and Hastings in June 2011, and also received the NZ Listener 2010 'Touchstone Award' which described the work as "remarkable". This will be Slip’s third season and a rare opportunity to evolve this highly popular work that exposes intimacy and support and the personal stories of the dancers.

Spring, by Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship recipient Catherine Chappell, is a pioneering dance piece that combines aerial bungee and contact improvisation. Highly visual with elements of spectacle it explores gravity and energetic connection, as the dancers play with the movement created by the loft of the bungee.



Check out this YouTube clip for some examples of previous Touch Compass shows: