Jolt Dance Company
Jolt Dance Company was created in 2002 by choreographer, Fleur de Thier and Jolt Director, Lyn Cotton. It is an integrated company, combining dancers with physical and intellectual disabilities with non-disabled professional dancers.
Jolt Dance Company has established a reputation for beautiful, quirky and innovative works Our vision is not only to create dance works of the highest standard, but to celebrate the unique qualities of our dancers and challenge perspectives about disability and contemporary dance. Jolt dancers are central to the choreographic process. They provide the inspiration for the works and are continually challenged to achieve technically as well as creatively.
"poignant And powerful performances"
Jennifer Sheehan, Dominion Post
"stunning and thought provoking performance"
Nicola Muir, Danz
"..an uplifting experience. This performance was beautiful and dynamic."
Anna Chapman, Danz
Pause Listen Count
Pause Listen Count was created with funding from Southern Trust in 2013. The film explores the body and our perspectives on disability and difference. Filmed by Rick Harvie, Belmont Productions it features Melissa Fox, Aleasha Seaward, Erica Viedma and Michael Leota.
Still, 2010Still was created for the Christchurch Art Gallery in conjunction with the Ron Mueck exhibition. The work draws on the humanity inherent in the sculptures and we saw glimpses of our dancers. Stephen became the man in the boat. His experience of autism mirroring both the strength of spirit and uncertainty expressed. Woman carrying sticks became the inspiration for Parisa"s dance, the strength both to carry and to be carried and supported by others. Although the work was initially inspired by the work of Ron Mueck, it exists as a work in its own right and is a powerful exploration of the link between physical appearance and the human spirit: perceptions of difference, disability and connection.
On her own two feet, 2008
On Her Own Two Feet explored the textures and complexities of womanhood through the experiences of its individual dancers and asked the question "Does what we share in common as women overcome the physical differences that define us?" Sensual, sassy and strong it asked the question What does it mean to stand on your own two feet.
"The flyer heralds the performance as being ‘sensual, strong and sassy’ – it is much more than that. Constantly moving from moments of understanding and affection to separation and isolation, it is unrelenting and challenging – a stunning and thought-provoking performance" -Danz review
Let inside me laugh, 2007
"Let inside me Laugh" was created as an exploration of the experiences of two of our core dancers Stephen and Michael Krammer, both of whom have Autism. Using dance in combination with original film by Rick Harvie, the piece was a powerful and moving expression of both the frustrations and fragile beauty inherent in this condition.
Absolute was presented in three parts, each seeking to explore a different aspect of what it means to be human. "Absolute Trust" explored the unique bond between our dancers. "Absolutely Absurd" offered us a chance to laugh at ourselves. "Absolute" was about the need to be whole without the need to explain or justify yourself to the world.
Crossing point, 2004
Crossing Point used film, dance and drama to powerfully portray some of the issues that surround having a child with downs syndrome. Based on the life of Jolt dancer, Amy Lysaght, it dramatically explored the pressures and expectations placed on us by society and how we need to break these by celebrating what is unique about all of us.
Tread softly, 2003
"Tread Softly", our second show, presented a range of pieces that sought to celebrate dance: from the hauntingly beautiful to the theatrically comic. Based around favourite poems and music it explored movement and space. It also included live music written and performed by visually impaired pianist, Sean James.
Jolt's first show was simply entitled "Jolt". It brought together 8 young dancers of mixed ability to explore relationships: how we connect and respond to others and our need to overcome our own inhibitions about differences.