Movement Art Practice.
Movement Art Practice (MAP) is a Not-For-Profit
contemporary dance organisation based in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
MAP believes in an Aotearoa where contemporary dance and performance
is woven into the cultural fabric of our community.
MAP runs community dance classes, artist residencies, and workshops.
You can find us at 76 Hawdon Street in Sydenham, Ōtautahi Christchurch.
COMING UP: SATURDAY 28 MAY, 'UNDERSIDE'
Community Choreographic Project: Underside
Saturday 28 May, 3pm and 7pm
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, entrance via the bunker on Montreal Street.
We are delighted to announce the fourth iteration of our Community Choreographic Project, Underside, co-created by community dancers and choreographer, Anna Bate.
Tickets on sale now.
Welcome to our place!
You can find us at 76 Hawdon Street where we run community classes, an In House Studio Artist Programme providing much needed space to local artists to work and share. and host the MAP SESSIONS, a monthly sharing platform to feed your social and cultural hankerings from these wonderful humans.
See you in the studio
weekly community contemporary dance classes
MAP offers community contemporary dance classes that you won't get anywhere else in Christchurch. Leave your assumptions of dance class at the door and let us give you a new take. Contemporary dance gives you creative ways to explore and push new pathways for your body.
Come on a casual basis, book a pass or sign up for a MAP membership. We have a number of pricing options to suit everyone's unique lifestyle!
creative kids dance!
term 2: Saturday 7 May - 9 July
We would love to have your child dancing with us in 2022.
We are super excited to nurture the next generation of innovative choreographers, fluent dance writers, and curious dance audience members.
We're running classes on Saturdays during school terms. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional dance studio model for your children, this is the place for you!
the map sessions
Next Session: Friday 27 May 7.00pm
MAP Studio, 76 Hawdon St
Food provided | BYO Drinks | KOHA Entry
The MAP Sessions are a monthly studio exchange for our In-House Artists and guests to share their practice including live improvisations and works-in-progress with our wider community in a warm, open space.
What better way to welcome our freshly minted new In House Artists than to see them in action at The May MAP Sessions. Join Jolt as they present ( with Carl Te Tone Huia and Aleasha Seaward), and their critically acclaimed film, Sam, both which are part of their upcoming tour to the UK in June, followed by a kōrero with Artistic Director, Lyn Cotton.
Koha | BYO | Kai provided
This is a platform for MAP's IN HOUSE STUDIO ARTISTS, DANCERS, CHOREOGRAPHERS, and MOVERS OF AOTEAROA to share WORDS, SCORES, CLASSES, IMAGES . It is intended as a source of INSPIRATION, to be a MEMENTO and MOMENTO. It is here as an OFFERING for your AUTUMN and YOUR BODY'S JOURNEY. It is here to LET YOU KNOW what MAP is up to, or not. It is here to SWALLOW YOU WHOLE ALL THE GOOD, ALL THE BAD, ALL THE DISGUSTING AND ALL THE WONDERFUL. Artists include Juanita Hepi Robyn Jordaan Virginia Kennard Georgia Giesen Noel Meek Julia Harvie Josie Archer Nefeli Asteriou Natalie Kittow collated, edited, and designed by Robyn Jordaan
You can read our Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarterly online at Issuu. We have hardcopy issues available for sale at the studio.
Printed Books $10
Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, MAP has been committed to providing you with a variety of ways to keep you safe and moving.
We are also continually adapting our annual programme as required to ensure we can still support movement artists and practitioners in this unprecedented time.
Stay safe and well.
MAP supports and encourage performance makers and audiences to be daring and experimental.
MAP will position Ōtautahi as a sustainable creative hub for emerging and established movement practitioners.
MAP embraces all people, all bodies, and all forms of movement practice at MAP.
We celebrate the ability of contemporary movement to offer informing and enduring experiences.
We uphold the mana of contemporary movement as a professional practice.
appreciation through experience
MAP provides a platform for community dancers
to get to rub up alongside practising dance artists in a variety of ways.
We have a range of classes available throughout the year, which cater to a wide range of abilities and interest, working with out skilled tutors.
Join guest artists for one-off workshops and learn about the choreographic process, attend an artist talk or read artist reflections on our blog.
We offer space and time for you to research and share ideas through research in-studio, teaching, and contributing to our blog.
We run half and full day workshops for businesses looking to support their teams. We facilitate sessions that allow participants to reconnect with their bodies in motion through therapeutic guidance as well as improvisation that tunes into performance, communication, and creativity.