Download our 2020/21 Impact Report

MAP is the only not-for-profit contemporary dance and performance organisation in the South Island and the only organisation in New Zealand that runs community classes, workshops, residencies, commissions work, and plays host to an annual festival.

We work with New Zealand’s most exciting established and emerging makers of contemporary dance and performance and progressive commentary.

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Movement Art Practice is a not-for-profit arts organisation that exists to nurture and grow the contemporary movement sector in Ōtautahi Christchurch Aotearoa New Zealand.  MAP’s programmes exist to nurture movement artists, develop informed and engaged audiences and the art form itself. 

MAP continuously seeks to engage a more diverse and inclusive participant body and strives to recognise individuality and create equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, class, gender, disability status, ethnicity, sexuality, or age.  

MAP recognises the incredible need to diversify the range of aesthetics and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds represented on New Zealand stages and in our communities and seeks to engage with individuals and organisations aligned with this vision.

MAP values the individual artist, their creative process, and their vital role within society. MAP is dedicated to creating and implementing free and low-cost programmes that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation between artists, audiences and communities. Our programmes embody the true ethos of our organisation, offering support and resources for artists to experiment and challenge the boundaries of dance, performance, and discourse. 

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What will it go towards? 

Making sure our community contemporary dance classes can run even when numbers fluctuate during tough times like the last six months.

February 2021 Community Choreographic Project, which is shaping up to be an awesome collaboration.

Paying our little operations team who plan our projects, schedule classes, talk to local government bodies about contemporary performance, and liaise with local and national artists.

Running movements labs such as the upcoming sessions with Benedikte and Matthew Onarheim-Smith and our monthly online somatics classes with Julia Mckerrow.

Planning and putting on Tiny Fest, a huge undertaking with a production team of 8 and a curated program of 24 performance works, panels, discussions, workshops, and dance parties!

Our super rad website, highlighting the great work we are doing in Chch, showing off amazing images of the performance work we are making happen.

MAP continuing to be the voice and ambassador for dance in Ōtautahi.

MAP's Art Heroes!

The following wonderful humans generously donated to keep MAP running during 2020: 

Adam Nougton, Alisha Anderson-Russell, Amber Liberté, Ana Camila Chicon, Anita Hunziker, Anna Bate, Aubrey Uri, Becca Weber, Ben Hogg, Bina Klose, Breanna Surridge, Briar Cook, Brittany Kohler, Carolle Varughese, Caitlin Davey, Cecilia Bargiacchi, Chris Archer, Dana Bingham, Dana Hillier Kolesarova, Dana Moore-Mudgway, Danny Syme, David Huggins, Denesa Chan, Diana Warring, Ekaitz Espino, Ella Rerekura, Emily Demchick, Emma Murray, Glenys Rose, Hannah Tasker-Poland, HighJinx Youth Aerial Company, Jana Correa, Jenna Wadsworth, Jennifer R Bloomfield, JJ Bogoievski, Joanne Hobern, Jodie Bate, John Radford, Julia Harvie, Julia Mckerrow, Karen Lewis, Kate Hamilton, Kate Sullivan, Katie Burton, Katie Shaw, Katrina Robinson, Katrina Robinson-Reidy, Kayleigh Malthouse, Keren Oertly Ryan, Kosta Bogoievski, Kyla Higgins, Kylie Cosgrove, Kyta Anderson, Laura Nuthall, Leah Carrell, Linda Miles, Lisa Mills, Lizzie Davidson, Lulu Qiu, Madeleine Krenek, Marg Fluvbjerg, Mari Shibata, Mary Davison, Megan Neil, Megan Platt, Melanie Oliver, Michaela Ottone, Naressa Gamble, Natalie Kittow, Paige Jensen, PENCILS AND PANDAS, Penelope Milsom, Peter Wells, Philippa Cosgrove, Phoebe Hazard, Phoebe Pierce, Preston Hegel, Rachel Horwell, Ray Santiago,Robyn Jordaan, Sacha Copland, Sarah Aspinwall, Sarah Barrer, Sara Bartle, Sarah Elsworth, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Stephen Lewis, Stuart Lloyd-Harris,Surin Leigh, Tracy Scott, Virginia Kennard, Viv Milsom, Wendy Murray, Zoë Deans