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Rodney Bell and Brydie Colquhoun
RODNEY BELL GOES INTERNATIONAL: International performances in Singapore and the Gold Coast are on this year’s calendar for dancer Rodney Bell, recipient of the Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award 2017, along with a New Zealand tour of his work Meremere. Read more

Actor breaks down labels in solo show

20 February 2018
Jacob Dombroski in Big J StylezEverybody Cool Lives Here is proud to present Big J Stylez from 6 to 10 March as a part of the 2018 NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington. This solo show is created and performed by Jacob Dombroski, a young Māori-Samoan man ready to open his heart and express his feelings about being labelled as different by society. This work will also be the first public performance in Wellington’s newest theatre at Weltec and  Whitireia’s Te Auaha campus in Dixon St. Read more

Touch Compass responds to a changing world

5 February 2018
Touch Compass performs SomatechnicsAuckland’s pioneering dance company, Touch Compass, continues to adapt to a changing world and embrace new technologies after celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017. Its founder and Artistic Director, Catherine Chappell, says new technologies provide innovative mobility options, and new ways to communicate and connect. “We have to be responsive to the world we live in and new technologies enable us to reach audiences around the world.” Read more

NZ Festival welcomes input from Deaf and disabled patrons

2 February 2018
Barber Shop ChroniclesThe 2018 New Zealand Festival on in Wellington from 23 February to 18 March will market music events with percussion or heavy bass to the Deaf community, thanks to feedback provided by its accessibility advisory panel. For example, the Taiwanese dance and music work Beyond Time fuses martial arts, dance, percussion and visual effects, with “dancers who drum and drummers who dance, creating music as they move”. Read more

Salonica, theatre for Deaf and hearing audiences

1 February 2018
Shaun Fahey and Mihailo LadevacAward-winning theatre company Equal Voices Arts brings its new multi-lingual production, Salonica, to the Auckland Fringe Festival from 22 to 24 February at Q Theatre. It will then play at Hamilton’s Playhouse Theatre on 1 and 2 March. After a tour to Europe last year, Salonica has played in Christchurch and Wellington’s Circa Theatre. Read more

KiwiAble caregivers get free seat at The Court

29 January 2018
The Court
The Court Theatre continues to excel in making theatre as accessible as possible for everyone in the community – this time through a new initiative that gives KiwiAble Leisure Card holders their standing discount and now a free seat for their caregiver/companion when attending selected shows. The Court previously offered a discounted price for disabled audience members and their caregiver/companion on presentation of their KiwiAble Leisure Card but wanted to take this a step further. Read more

Duncan Armstrong’s solo show at Auckland Fringe

26 January 2018
Duncan Armstrong and Isobel MacKinnon
Everybody Cool Lives Here presents Force Field, a humorous and heartfelt story of a man edging closer to his thirties, homesick for a life he’s yet to build. It premieres at Basement Theatre 20 to 24 February as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. Co-created by performer Duncan Armstrong and director Isobel MacKinnon, this will be their third collaboration in conjunction with production company Everybody Cool Lives Here. Read more

Festival pulls out all the accessible stops 

24 January 2018
JUNKAuckland Arts Festival 2018 has “pulled out all the stops” by providing accessible services for 15 of its events in March and offering positive experiences for people with access needs. Its accessible performances are for people who are blind or have low vision; Deaf or hard of hearing; or have a learning disability, sensory or communication disorder. This year also sees the introduction of a hugely discounted Accessible Programme ticket price of $20 each for patrons with access needs and one companion. Read more about access at Auckland Arts Festival

Open access to high-quality dance

11 January 2018
Footnote audience"We believe that contemporary dance, and art in general, should be seen and absorbed by all New Zealanders, regardless of ability," blogs Footnote New Zealand Dance. "While there are many ways to do this and many conversations to have around this topic, one way that we have been reaching a wider audience is by providing open access performances to community groups during our tours around Aotearoa." Read Footnote New Zealand Dance's blog 




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