Welcome to MAP. Under the artistic leadership of South African born choreographer Dane Hurst, we facilitate yearly trips for a team of international performance professionals based in the UK to travel to SA and other developing countries, delivering vital creative arts workshops and lectures whilst collaborating with local artists to create new choreography for performance in South Africa, UK and the rest of the world.
Our slogan, ‘movement beyond borders’, captures the essence of what lies at the heart of MAP. We use movement in art, dance and music to inspire young people and practicing artists from challenging backgrounds to develop and prosper, moving beyond their circumstances and expanding their skills set to share their passion and cultural narratives with the rest of the world through performance. We are driven by the need to celebrate dance as a cross-cultural art form belonging to a shared human identity.
We are currently in the first year of our programme delivering training for young people at key partner organisations in South Africa as featured in our project pages. Our work is a journey in three stages:
1. DANCE TRAINING, CHOREOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Using contemporary dance we explore movement and creative expression with groups of young people who are entirely new to dance through to those who are more experienced. Crucially, all of our work results in a 'sharing' or performance of work created, with friends and family at the end of the process. We are expanding our programme to offer film, photography and other visual art workshops.
2. CREATING NEW WORK FOR PERFORMANCE, STUDY AND EXHIBITION
In tandem with our teaching we collaborate as a team of UK artists with professional and emerging South African practitioners to create exciting new work exploring cross-cultural narratives for performance in both the UK and South Africa. Opportunities are offered for the students involved in step one to observe artists crafting and creating their work. This experience provides tangible access to the professional process.
3. CREATING FACILITIES FOR DANCE TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE
Allowing students, practitioners and communities to explore and enjoy dance in the long-term requires a safe and practical space for rehearsal and performance. We are working towards creating a dance training facility in Port Elizabeth to house the activities and performances of MAP providing a solid support system for students involved in our projects and investing in the infrastructure and community of the region.