MAP supports the growth and development of contemporary movement through classes, residencies and performance events in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. MAP’s programs exist to nurture movement artists, develop informed and engaged audiences and the art form itself.
MAP offers training from the best professional contemporary dance artists Ōtautahi Christchurch has to offer in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
MAP is privileged to be led by local arts leaders with the energy and passion to ensure MAP provides high quality and current programmes to keep contemporary dance in the conversation. We’re working together to put Ōtautahi Christchurch arts on the map.
Kaupapa – Purpose:
MAP exists to develop artists and audiences for contemporary dance and performance in Ōtuatahi and beyond.
Moemoeā – Vision:
We believe in an Aotearoa where contemporary dance and performance are woven into the cultural fabric of our community.
Kaupapa Mātāmua – Mission:
MAP nurtures the growth and development of contemporary dance and performance through leadership, community engagement,education and innovation.
We are Audacious
We support and encourage performance makers and audiences to be daring and experimental.
We are Inclusive
We embrace all people, all bodies, and all forms of movement practice at MAP
We are Collaborative
We believe in creating enduring connections with the local arts sector, wider community, and iwi.
We have Integrity
We uphold the mana of contemporary movement as a professional practice
We build Legacy
MAP will position Ōtauatahi as a sustainable creative hub for emerging and established movement practitioners
MAP is a social enterprise with charitable status governed by a board of directors. We exist to build and strengthen a community for contemporary movement artists in Ōtautahi Christchurch through all that we do. If you would like to become a MAP patron, email us at email@example.com.
All donations go directly towards our running costs as a non-profit arts organisation, or supporting the community through one of the following programmes:
- Weekly Community ClassesMovement Labs
- Community Choreographic Project
- Research Exchange Artist Residencies
- Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival
MAP community classes are facilitated and led by the best professional dance artists Christchurch has to offer. Ranging from emerging to established artists, be guided by the best in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
MAP is privileged to be led by a board of local arts leaders to ensure contemporary dance and performance practice is part of the conversation and that Ōtauatahi Christchurch arts are on the map.
Robyn is a dancer, performance artist and filmmaker based in Ōtautahi. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts Honours where she majored in performance, dance and film. Working within these mediums, Robyn has performed throughout Aotearoa (NZ), Europe, performing in Germany and Iceland. Her most recent solo work includes: Otolith 2019 and Detta I 2019. Robyn draws on intuitive creation of dance scores and technique, exploring a range of approaches such as improvisation, somatic exploration, liquid reality, absurdism, release technique and queernique developed by Shannon Stewart.
Olivia is a graduate of
Unitec Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Degree and has worked
with some of New Zealand’s best choreographers and tutors. Olivia’s work and was
selected as a finalist for Short and Sweet 2019 and won the Most Innovative Choreography
Award. Olivia was the artist in residence for the DANZ and MAP residency for the inaugural
Otautahi Tiny Performance Festival in 2019 creating the piece ‘Taking Residence’. In 2020, Olivia had a written work, ‘Rue’, featured in Tempo Dance
Festivals- Putiputi Season which was a highly successful challenge. Most recently, Olivia has
been accepted into the Graduate School of Education where she will undertake
postgraduate study in primary school teaching..
As a Nepalese woman, it is in Anu’s culture to dance. She grew up with Nepalese dance deeply embedded in her life. The qualities of movement that she learned in her youth have stayed with her and informed her training and career so far as a contemporary dancer. She is the only Nepalese professional dancer in New
Zealand, and her long-term goal is to more deeply integrate her cultural perspective into her work as a dance artist.
She spent three years working for
New Zealand’s longest running contemporary dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance. As a member of the company, she has been acknowledged for her dynamic physicality and athleticism as a performer. She is a fearless mover who can dive into the unknown through trusting and listening to the moment. Her movement is grounded, organic, fluid and explosive. She is known for falling into surprising
angles and astonishing pathways spontaneously.
Julia Harvie graduated from UNITEC in 2003 with a BPSA in Contemporary Dance. Julia’s particular focus is on collaboration, live music and improvisation. Her work has toured throughout New Zealand and has been presented in Taiwan and Australia. She has been awarded Most Outstanding Performer of the NZ Fringe, Best Dance at the Dunedin Fringe and Listener’s NZ Best Female Contemporary Dancer in 2008.
Julia has worked for a wide range or New Zealand’s foremost choreographers. In recent years she has presented works for Footnote, FESTA and the Christchurch Arts Festival. This year she led Choreolab for Footnote, presented her solo work Killjoy for EDWA and TEMPO and premiered two new full-length works, Nobody Hears the Axe Fall (Choreocoa at Wellington Fringe) and HIVE in Christchurch. She remains an important voice in the Christchurch dance scene as the artistic director of Movement Art Practice.
Virginia Kennard is a movement practitioner and live artist from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and trained in commercial and contemporary dance at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (now Whitireia Performance Centre) and UNITEC. She holds a Master of Arts Performance from Leeds Beckett University, UK, and creates feminist performance live art works within a queer framework.
Virginia is excited to join the Board of MAP, to hone her accounting and producer skills whilst learning new skills in governance and strategic planning. She has experience working for a number of NGOs in an administrative and financial capacity, and is privileged to be part of nurturing the MAP community from a board level.
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Fleur is a Christchurch based artist who has been working in the dance industry for the last 27 years. She trained for three years full time at Auckland Performing Arts School (now Unitec) graduating in 1991. Fleur worked as a freelance dancer in Auckland before returning to base herself in Christchurch.
Fleur is an established New Zealand choreographer and has had works featured nationally in Arts Festivals throughout the last decade and is known for her diversity and connections with many different companies including Jolt Dance Theatre, Rebound, Southern Lights Dance Company ,Unitec, Footnote and Lyttelton Arts Factory. Fleur is currently artistic advisor and choreographer for Hagley Dance company.
Holly has a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Victoria University and Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa: NZ Drama School. She is the co-artistic director and producer of Two Productions. She has directed for The Court Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Red Leap Theatre and The Fortune Theatre. She is the Artistic Director of Little Andromeda, having programmed their 2019 and 2020 seasons.
She is head of acting at NASDA: The National Academy of singing and dramatic arts, has taught acting at Original Scripts Theatre School for ten years, had a successful high school teaching career and worked as a director and tutor for Toi Whakaari and Whitireia Polytechnic.
Juanita Hepi (Kāi Tahu) is a multidisciplinary storyteller, producer, director, researcher and writer who holds a Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership with distinction, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning and a Bachelor of Arts from Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School.
Juanita has performed on stages including; The Court Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Bats and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She recently narrated Peter and the Wolf with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and featured in WORD Christchurch 2020. Juanita performed, produced and directed Kāwai at Little Andromeda and regularly features in podcasts, panels and presentations, she is currently adapting and directing Tūmahana alongside the CSO and Cirko Kali.
Juanita’s passion for Indigenous storytelling has led her to communities across Canada, America, and Hawaii where movement and sound are embedded in our epistemologies and because this is the place her ancestors have walked, battled and made love for centuries, she is a staunch advocate and enabler of arts and artists in Ōtautahi, Christchurch
Sarah Aspinwall is currently the Office and Administration Manager at CoCA Toi Moroki. There she is responsible for the day to day running of the gallery, volunteer management, public programming and event delivery. Previous to this role she has worked 25 years in specialist retailing as the co-owner of Canterbury Cheesemongers. In recent years she has also been involved in The Christchurch Arts Festival and Nostalgia Festival in hospitality vendor management. Governance roles have included Treasurer of her children’s primary school board and six years with the New Zealand specialist Cheesemakers Association. While not a practicing artist Sarah is very active supporter of both visual and performing arts in Ōtautahi.
Sarah brings her extensive small business and event management skills and financial acumen to the Board of MAP