Organisation: Touchdown Dance
Region: North West
Welcoming: Sensory Disability ; Inclusive/Integrated
The Dance Company evolved from the long-term perspective of providing opportunities for workshop participants to work towards performance. The first production in the North West in 2000 involved three community dancers and three professionals. The current company involves three visually impaired and three sighted dancers, and all are working at a professional standard in performance. A longer period for development and touring takes place to enable the work to develop at its own pace. The Company works with choreographers/directors such as Ray Chung, Angus Balbernie, Julyen Hamilton, Lisa Nelson and Katy Dymoke. Please contact the Company for details of any upcoming opportunities.
Remuneration: Artists are paid for teaching and performance projects.
Touchdown Dance, based in Manchester, works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally within communities and professional dance. Their workshop provision has taken the Company to Poland, Germany, Australia, and the USA to involve people with a visual impairment in dance or to provide training for professionals. The Company has been referred to as world experts in the delivery of dance workshops with specialist methods and processes using touch and sensory feedback techniques. These are effective for all dance settings as well as within health and education. The Company creates touring professional and film productions as well as providing community based dance workshops and training for professionals. Touchdown was founded by Steve Paxton and Anne Kilcoyne in 1986 at Dartington College of Arts and was moved to the North West in 1994 under the direction of Katy Dymoke. Since 1997, it has been directed by the dance artists in the Company. Some past projects have involved partnerships and collaborations with national organisations such as the RNIB, LIME (Hospital Arts), and local arts organisations and professional centres, such as Theatre Resource, The Place, Cleveland Arts, Alternative Futures, Ludus Dance, Art Link West Yorkshire and the Royal Festival Hall. Touchdown has also delivered courses for dance students at many universities. The work is special and specialised and leaves a legacy of insight, understanding and fundamental principles to ensure a long-term impact and development.
T: 0161 972 5760
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