OCEANIAN ARTISTS RELEASE NEW DIGITAL WORK CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Touch Compass with Auckland Live presents

i-waengā

Renowned for their work in the disability and cultural space, Touch Compass has  commissioned seven incredible artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia to create i-waengā (in-between). This new digital work will premiere on the Auckland Live Digital Stage, Aotea Square to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2020.

Exploring the individual artists’ response to indigenous time, disabled time, and everything inbetween, this 14-minute digital work will screen continuously across the day and will be available online for one week across Auckland Live and Touch Compass’ websites.

Artists Tusiata Avia, Grace Taylor, Amy Blinkhorne, thecornycousin, Forest V Kapo, AJ FATA, AM Kanngieser, and Touch Compass have come together to offer sound installations, digital poetry,and stop motion animations with some artists trying to beat the clock, break or bend time, and create moments of stillness. This work celebrates the connections between different identities and encourages new understanding of the body as we recognise International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Known to Kiwis for their ground-breaking work in the performance space,  beloved Touch Compass has recently appointed Pelenakeke Brown as new interim artistic director of the company. Returning to Aotearoa from New York under the cloud of Covid-19, the premiere of i-waengā marks her first publicly programmed event since taking over the reins in October. Pelenakeke’s appointment is a significant move for Touch Compass, as she is the first disabled artist to lead the company since its inception 24 years ago.

“My practice looks at disability as artistry. What are the ways that your disability, or the ways that you access the world, or the way you move in the world is a space or a source of creativity?” says Brown.

Touch Compass aims to allow audiences to experience sophisticated, nuanced multi-dimensional performances from disabled and culturally diverse performers.  Its mission is to explore the intersection of disability, Māori, and Pasifika cultures as our unique contribution to the arts.  Audiences are encouraged to engage with new readings of the disabled body and broaden their cultural understanding. 

i-waengā
Auckland Live Digital Stage, Aotea Square.
Streaming continuously throughout the day from 7:30 am- 9:30 pm, Thurs 3rd December.
Streaming on Auckland Live and Touch Compass websites from December 3 – 10. 

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