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Accessible Christchurch: Every Body. Every Where

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When:

  • Sun 2 Dec ’12, 10:30am

Where:

Re:START Mall, Cashel St, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Dancers highlight the need for an accessible city.

The emotive and persuasive power of dance will be used to draw attention to the need for a truly accessible Christchurch. Perspectives on disabilities will also be challenged when four recognised New Zealand dancers perform a free and moving, innovative dance in Re:START Mall on December 2. Members of Jolt Dance are creating the special piece to help launch the Accessible Christchurch: Every Body, Every Where campaign.

For many months, the Accessible Christchurch group has been working behind the scenes with CERA, the CCDU, Council and many other groups to promote a rebuilt city that is accessible for everybody; children, youth, elderly and those with disabilities. No matter what a person’s age, stage or ability, the new Christchurch can be fully accessible for everyone - whether it be living, working or playing.

Jolt Dance director, Lyn Cotton says the dance involves two able bodied dancers and two seasoned and celebrated dancers with disabilities.

“This new dance will highlight the importance of connecting people in our unique new city. It will incorporate new forms and movements, and celebrate individuals, but at the same time emphasise the need for unity and understanding.”

The four dancers are:
- Melissa Fox a naturally talented dancer who uses a wheelchair as part of her movement. She was recently presented with a highly commended certificate in the inaugural Big 'A' Artistic Achievement Award for her ability, determination and courage.
- Michael Krammer has performed with Jolt since it was first established in 2001. Michael assists in junior Jolt classes and has begun to develop his own choreographic ideas by creating works for the company class. He has participated in the CPIT Performing Arts course and also performed for “A Different Light” Theatre Company and had a piece created especially for him as an exploration of his experience of autism.
- Alice Hill has been tutoring and performing with Jolt for the last year. She has studied and performed dance both at secondary and tertiary level and currently teaches dance and drama at Papanui High School. Her love of movement and her skill in exploring new forms of dance and physical theatre have made her an invaluable new member of the company.
- Julia Mckerrow is a critically acclaimed contemporary choreographer, freelance tutor and professional dancer. She is recognised as one of the country’s top dancers.

Julia and Melissa have performed together many times and at many prestigious events. Julia says performing with Jolt has been a challenging and rewarding experience, and has changed the way she views herself as a dancer.

“It’s a humbling experience to learn that performance is not all about me. Nor is it all about Melissa or our abilities. It’s more about that very real, exciting and vulnerable place where neither dancer is in control. This can make for a frighteningly unpredictable experience where both dancers rely on each other to sustain the dance through a dependent and honest awareness of each other. It’s something not easily found in professional dance.”

The free Jolt Dance performance to celebrate Accessible Christchurch is in Re:START Mall on Sunday 2 December at 10.45am and promises to deliver more than anticipated.

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