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Suzanne Cowan, PhD
In 2018, Suzanne Cowan became the first person in the world to graduate with a PhD in dance while being a wheelchair user. Disabled after a road accident while on her OE (overseas experience), Cowan gave up dance for ten years but returned to it after seeing a performance by the Touch Compass, a mixed-ability dance company. Cowan joined Touch Compass and later Candoco – an international company based in London.
Returning to Aotearoa, Cowan has pursued an academic interest in the role of art as a vehicle for raising consciousness around disability and the way we view it. Cowan’s advice to anyone especially anyone with a disability: “don’t listen to other people’s limitations, the possibilities are limitless.”
In this excerpt from Inside Out, we see Cowan in London rehearsing with Candoco.
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Image: Screengrab from Inside Out.
Catalogue Reference TZP264578
Reporter: Minnie Baragwanath