Jolt Dance

Jolt Interactive

Jolt Interactive is an integrated performing company creating shows for diverse audiences. The vision for Jolt Interactive is for people with disabilities to have the same access to the arts as we do. To experience theatre and dance with the same immediacy and power as a person without a disability and to view works that relate and connect to them in profound and unique ways. Jolt Interactive works are interactive and multi-sensory, allowing people of all ages to engage with performances together.

Jolt Interactive performances have been funded by Creative NZ.


“Fish” tells the simple story of a fisherman who puts out to sea, paying his respects to Tangaroa, god of the ocean.  He throws out his lines but the catch is elusive.  Eventually he weaves a net and the fish is caught.  Featuring live music from harpist Helen Webby, violinist Cathy Irons and percussionist Mark La Roche from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Fish takes the audience on a journey to discover the dance of the sea (Christchurch 2015, Wellington & Auckland 2016). Film footage by Eugene Lee, Fusion Film



"Rain" was created by Jolt dance in July 2012. "Rain" engaged with people in a new way that was highly sensory and allowed for close connections between performer and audience. "Rain" used poetry, film, sound, storytelling, dance, puppetry, song and some creative use of piping to take the audience on a unique and moving journey through the senses. (Christchurch 2012, Wellington 2013, Dunedin 2014). Film footage by Eugene Lee, Fusion Film


"It was a very humbling and beautiful experience. It was amazing how your group used all types of sensory stimulation, storytelling, puppetry etc. to engage with the audience and how each of these ways seemed to resonate with the different individuals. The love, respect & compassion I saw in the room was a privilege to witness." - Karin Staufenbiel, Manager Moana pool, Dunedin

"I just loved the opportunity to connect as equals. You know, as health care providers there is always this power imbalance no matter how hard you try." – Cath Smith (Associate Dean graduate research studies, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago)


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