Community Consultation

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We want to hear from you

If you are a mover, dancer, choreographer, movement researcher, indigenous movement practitioner, traditional movement practitioner, performance artist, school dance teacher, studio dance teacher, lecturer, dance enthusiast, community dance participant, somatic movement practitioner OR are otherwise engaging with new ideas around the body, movement and art, WE WANT YOU!

Saturday July 13th, 12pm – 3pm

Toi Auaha, 5 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Light lunch provided
RSVP preferred

For more information or to RSVP email: haveyoursay(at)movementartpractice.org
Updates, schedules and instructions will be provided upon RSVP

Project Background​

In the late 2023 Movement Art Practice (MAP) received a successful funding outcome for a community consultation aimed at;

  • better understanding the needs, dreams, desires and concerns of the Ōtautahi dance community
  • better understanding the needs, dreams, desires and concerns of specific communities within that wider community
  • better understanding how MAP might work with and service these communities, and therefore what shape MAP might take in 2024 and beyond
    working with the community to establish other lines of enquiry not yet identified

“This project aims to ensure the adaptability and resilience of MAP as an organisation as well as ensuring a strong, well-connected and robust community of movement, and sustainable career pathways for performance and dance practitioners across Ōtautahi and Te Waipounamu.

MAP exists to serve, support, and develop diverse and disparate communities and to nurture communication, collaboration, and networking between them to the benefit of all New Zealanders. These include professional movement artists from across the spectrum, youth, community dancers, Māori movement artists, movement educators and participants working in wellbeing, academia, technology and visual art.

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The MAP Community Consultation Hui

will give us: a vehicle to effectively access the needs of our community, a clear process for assessment of MAP’s role and a way to highlight points of similarity and opportunities for collaboration within the sector. It will also indicate pathways towards tangible and actionable outcomes which may include but not be limited to:

  • new classes that meet demand,
  • workshops which deliver skills needed for our communities to thrive,
  • residencies which contribute to the national dance ecology, relationships and opportunities with the Ōtautahi movement community,
  • collaborations with local arts organisations which capitalise on shared resources for maximal outcomes, and strategies to eliminate barriers to access.

For enquiries about the project, reminders and updates: 


The the MAP Community Consultation Hui is part of a larger project that consists of:

Key informant interviews: individuals
Key informant interviews: groups
4 x Key stakeholder hui with:
Mana/tangata whenua, The education sector, Local Arts organisations, Contemporary dance makers and performers
1 x Community hui

The team overseeing the projects is:

Interim Director, MAP – Sarah Aspinwall
Project Coordinator – Paul Young
Advisory Rōpū/ Co- navigators – Anna Bate, Steph Walker, Sacha Copland, Juanita Hepi
Social Media/Design – Kat Stefanova