media release:

Research Exchange 2020 - Distanced and Digital Dance Potentialities

Movement Art Practice (MAP) is delighted to announce the resident artists for the 2020 Research Exchange.

MAP invited Expressions of Interest throughout June and received 31 applications from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world, spanning an incredible range of themes and demographics. There are three residencies, all of which will be held throughout August culminating in a series of ‘Research Presentations’ on Saturday 29 August.

A distinguished panel of Cat Ruka (Tempo Dance Festival Artistic Director), Paul Young (UNITEC and founding member of MAP), and Pelenakeke Brown (Touch Compass Dance Company Artistic Director) have selected the following artists, from a pool of high calibre applications:

Emma Lorien Murray and Giulia Palladini

‘A Live Annotated Encounter with my Archive’ “questions the porosity of the screen, which triggers a dim awareness of some kind of actual space or physicality behind the screen - a place or body you can’t see but you know is there”.

Carlene Newall de Jesus and Jay Clement

‘The Little Black Boxes’ digital residency will follow the exploration, conversations, and research between, in the work of Carlene and Jay as Artistic Directors of HighJinx YouthCompany. 

Katrina Bastian and Fa’asu Afoa-Purcell

‘Less Sermon More Song’ [working title] builds a space for dialogue around mental health in dance. This team will ‘break ground’ on a digital space centered around the mental health and wellbeing of dancers; via a website and a podcast series they will begin the critically important, and much overdue, work of reflecting the lived experience of dancers.

The idea of an exchange and residency can allude to a location, however in this instance the location becomes the MAP website, where the exchange occurs as the artists share their process as it unfolds. Artists will have free rein to share their research, process and outcomes on their own webpage. In addition all research presentations will be live streamed from wherever in the world the residency artists are based. Each residency will stage an Instagram takeover on the MAP profile for one week.

“In 2020 we have decided to respond to the current need to move online and encourage remote connections and distanced collaboration. We have sought to invite artists to engage with the question: How do we make meaningful live performance in the digital and socially distanced realm?” says Julia Harvie, MAP Artistic Director.

MAP are supporting the residencies artists with a stipend, a digital consultant, materials and presentation budget. With thanks to CNZ, the grant also gave MAP the opportunity to secure a live stream kit to stream high production and broadcast quality.

“These artists are wide-ranging in their interests, praxis, and experience and we anticipate some wild outcomes that we hope to resonate and beneficially impact the artists’ practice for years to come.”