Java’s mission is to capture audiences in New Zealand and Internationally with visceral dance theatre that clambers into your senses and gets underneath your fingernails. We realise this mission by creating and presenting original theatrical dance works built on intense physicality, sensory engagement and full audience immersion.

Dance that gets under your skin

Founded in 2003 by artistic director Sacha Copland with graduates of the New Zealand School of Dance, Java is a New Zealand based professional dance company that consistently creates and presents original works of its own immersive brand of dance theatre.  Java has has performed to over 100,000 people around NZ, Australia and the United Kingdom. Java’s work includes festival shows, schools tours & site-specific events with programmes crafted for adults, teenagers & kids.


Sacha Copland – Artistic Director

Sacha Copland – Artistic Director

“I love creating physical tactile worlds for the dancers and audience to play in. I invite the audience under our skin, dissolving the distance between us until we relinquish ourselves to the magic together.”


“This unique approach to audience interaction adds a whole new level of excitement to the performance and I loved being able to interact on such a personal level”
Back of the Bus, Buzzcuts, Adelaide 2012


Emma Coppersmith – Java dancer

Michael Gudgeon – Java dancer

Sarah Gatzonis – Java dancer

Lauren Carr – Back of the Bus Cast

Demi-Jo Manalo & Natalie Hona – Back of the Bus Cast

Meggan Rollandi – Java Production Designer

Charley Davenport – Java Composer & Musician

Tristan Carter – Java Composer & Musician