Movement Art Practice (MAP) is a Not-For-Profit
Contemporary Dance Organisation based in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
We believe in an Aotearoa where contemporary dance and performance is woven into the cultural fabric of our community.
We run community dance classes, artist residencies, community and corporate workshops, and present the annual Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival.
You can find us at 76 Hawdon Street in Sydenham, Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9 -3pm and
our door is always open for a visit.
Our latest news and what’s on …
Wednesday 21 April
7pm Listening: The Body workshop at Christchurch Art Gallery w. Julia Harvie
Free | No booking required
Thursday 27 April
7pm Community Choreographic Project Rehearsals commence
(registrations now open)
Friday 30 April
6.30pm The MAP Sessions, 76 Hawdon Street
Sunday 1 May
3pm Contact Improvisation
Wednesday 26 May
7pm The Vision at Christchurch Art Gallery
a new work created and performed by Robyn Jordaan and Olivia McGregor.
FREE | No booking required
Saturday 19 June
from 3pm P O O L SIDE
Waltham Community Pool
(Tickets on sale 1 May)
More information below
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.
P O O L SIDE
MAP invites YOU to take part in the creative process, perform to the public and engage in an important local issue in this year’s Community Choreographic Project, P O O L SIDE.
NO DANCING / SINGING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
Rehearsals at the MAP Studio:
Thursdays 7 – 8.30pm and Saturdays 11 – 1pm from 29 April – 19 June
(We appreciate that life happens so if you need to miss a rehearsal here or there we get it)
Registration Fee: $175 / $150 MAP Members
This year Olivia Webb (sound and visual artist) in collaboration with Julia Harvie (contemporary choreographer), will create P O O L SIDE, a choral and movement driven work situated at the Waltham Community Pool once it has been emptied for the winter in June.
Conceptually, the pool as a gathering for communities is a site rich for social commentary, referencing the physical absence of water in these pools, P O O L SIDE will invite dialogue on the challenges we face as a community in regards to the impacts we have on our water ecosystems.
Autumn Movement Lab
1 – 5pm 22 May
MAP Studio, 76 Hawdon Street
Join MAP In House Artist, Josie Archer as she facilitates a series of sessions in body work and scoring for performance.
$60 | $40 MAP members | Bookings essential
Listening: the body
7pm wednesday 21 april
Christchurch Art Gallery
Join Julia Harvie as she facilitates a workshop considering the practice of listening as a vital tool for real time composition of dance for Olivia Webb’s ‘Anthems of Belonging’ Public Programme.
FREE | No booking required
7pm 26 May at Christchurch Art Gallery
A new work by Robyn Jordaan in collaboration with Olivia McGregor.
The vision is queer and non-binary, exploring how identities can be represented in movement and dance. The vision is spectacle, the vision is dance, the vision is in the vessel of both performer and audience member experiencing aural and visual pleasure again.
FREE | No bookings required
the map sessions
friday 30 april from 6.30pm
The MAP Sessions are a monthly studio happening and social gathering where we invite our In-House Artists and local performance artists to share a snippet of what they are up to at the moment, including live improvisations and works-in-progress.
Join us at our digs at 76 Hawdon Street.
BYO drinks | KOHA entry
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!
monthly contact improvisation
next session: sunday 24 April 3 – 5pm
Join Lisa Mills on the last Sunday of each month for Contact Improvisation. The first hour will be focussed on skills and then the second hour gives you the chance to jam and put your skills into practice. A great one to bring a friend or partner to but also a great way to meet new people as well. No previous dance experience is required. Be warned – this practice is addictive!
creative kids dance!
No exams, no uniforms, no right or wrong way, just the joy of movement, we would love to have your child dancing with us in 2021.
We are super excited to nurture the next generation of innovative choreographers, fluent dance writers, and curious dance audience members.
We’re running classess for 5 – 7 year olds and 7 – 10 year olds on Saturdays during school terms. If you are looking for an laternative to the traditional dance stuio model for your children, this is the place!
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.
We celebrate the art of performance, and are committed to fostering environments where artists are free to perform.
Uncompromising in our commitment to excellence, professionalism and rigorous artistic inquiry.
We celebrate the ability of contemporary movement to offer informing and enduring experiences.
A flexible and informed organisation that calls for a shift in cultural perspective with movement at the heart.
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.