Suzanne Cowan

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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.

Find out more about Suzanne Cowan:

Watch a Seven Sharp interview with Cowan.

Read an Arts Access Aotearoa article about Cowan.

Read a Radio New Zealand Article about Cowan.

Image: Screengrab from Inside Out.

Catalogue Reference TZP264578

Year 2002

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Reporter: Minnie Baragwanath

Excerpt: 00:02:58

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