/rītaha/ - Touch Compass 25th anniversary celebration
Tue 02 Nov 2021, 06:00 pm - 10:00pm
89 Quay Street Auckland CBD
Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilets, Mobility Parking
Free or pay-as-you-can
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Arts Access Aotearoa
Join Touch Compass as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary on 2 November in Tāmaki Makaurau, bringing together past, present and future productions under one roof for a gala evening of ground-breaking entertainment: /rītaha/.
/rītaha/ is a performing arts festival of digital works, tactile installations, improvised and choreographed dance, innovative theatre and thrilling aerial performance, featuring new work from the multi-award-winning artists Lusi Faiva, Rodney Bell and Suzanne Cowan, as well as showcasing many other fantastic established and emerging artists.
/rītaha/ aims to honour accessibility as well as art. The event will have sign language interpretation; live audio description through headsets; theatre performance incorporating audio description into the script; braille programs for a seated theatre piece; accessible signage; haptic elements; a quiet breakout space; gender neutral toilets; and to ensure everyone can access the event, /rītaha/ will be free/pay-what-you-can. There will also be a food truck and a bar to keep people sustained over the course of the evening.
Ka mua ka muri: /rītaha/ celebrates the past, heralding Touch Compass’s future, integrating multidisciplinary work into Touch Compass's programming, inviting disabled and non-disabled artists from other creative disciplines into the Touch Compass korowai.
/rītaha/ - to lean on one's side, in te reo Māori - describes the action disabled people take to be part of society. Touch Compass celebrates the true meaning of tangata mana whaikaha - people of power and presence pursuing strength. We break down physical and psychological barriers so all people who have a passion for the arts have a platform to express it, bringing together Pasifika, Māori and disability-led artistry.