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#DANCEADAY | #BEYONDBORDERS | April 2020

 

MAP have started a #mapdanceaday series to stay active and inspire our dance students and supporters during this APRIL/MAY lockdown period. We will be posting a dance video everyday until the end of lockdown and invite you to share your home-dance films with us during this time. All of the films will be edited together to create one final film #BEYONDBORDERS as a symbol of celebration at the end of the lockdown. 

 

We have so far received a great response from our friends around the world who have been sending us their dance films. Our Artistic Director, Dane Hurst has created daily, short-dance videos and on our MAP Facebook page we've shared dance videos from Kigali - Rwanda, Austria, Cape Town,Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Durban - South Africa, England and Ireland - United Kingdom and Turkey. If you have made a dance film at home during this time then WE INVITE YOU to send and share your films with us, we will add it to the final film #BEYONDBORDERS and will give you a shout-out on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. The film will be created by all of us so will belong to all of us. We will share the final edited film with you to keep and share with your friends and family. Here is a link to the freedom song if you'd like to send us a video. FREEDOM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKRlaM363M 

 

Share you video via messenger or email to:  dane@movingassemblyproject.org Follow us on our Facebook page to see all the films:  https://www.facebook.com/movingassemblyproject/  | #mapdanceaday #danceaday #staysafe #beyondborders


 

'Freedom of Expression' - Oxo Tower Gallery            10 - 14 April 2019

A powerful new exhibition that uncovers the mystery, pain, anger and stories of forgotten police cells in the historic city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Running for a week on London's SouthBank at the Oxo Tower Gallery, 10th - 14th April. 

Freedom of Expression is a collection of work from celebrated South African photographer, Karl Schoemaker. His work will be shown alongside a selection of photos taken by MAP students in 2017 and a special poetic response by London's Lyricl Nkechi. 

There will be a panel discussion on ‘The Power of the Artist in the Community’ on Saturday 13 April @ 3-5pm. To Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-of-the-artist-in-the-community-tickets-59154647142


MAP STUDENT EXCHANGE 2018/19

MAP have started a new journey and teamed up with Rambert School in London and Jazzart Dance in Cape Town to re-ignite a dance scholarship exchange originally started by Nelson Mandela and Anya Sainsbury in the 90's. Artistic Director, Dane Hurst was one of the last recipients of this scholarship that ended in 2004, that gave an opportunity for SA dancers to train at the Rambert School. MAP is inspired by the possibilities of cross-cultural exchange and looks forward to re-starting this incredible programme by facilitating a two way exchange, giving a life-changing opportunity to both students from the UK and South Africa. Elin Anderson (pictured above) is the first student to start on this programme and she worked for a month with the MAP team alongside students from the Nelson Mandela University and Jazzart students, Gabbi Dirkse and Keenun Wales (pictured below). The assembled team were a diverse mix of artists, musicians, students and spoken word artist. The overall project, multi-layered in scope, afforded the artists valuable creative and learning experience. MAP facilitated workshops with inexperienced youth in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth as well as provided a platform for the artists to research, create and perform alongside these students and professional dancers on stages in Grahamstown and on the oldest Opera House stage in Southern Africa, the PE Opera House. This project was a great success in terms of output and engagement and our next step is to raise the funds and gain support to bring Keenun and Gabbi over to the UK and to further develop the performance and education work created this year. We look forward to this growth and progress.


WEDNESDAY 05 September 2018

MAP are proud to have performed at the Africa Centre Summer Festival 2018. We thank newly appointed CEO Kenneth Tharp for inviting us and presenting MAP Artists, Tania Dimbelolo who performed a solo, Liwa Wechi, choreographed by our Artistic Director Dane Hurst to music by the great Miriam Makeba. The solo was originally created for our project launch at the Africa Centre in May and was later part of our large collaborative production, Love in the Time of Revolution, with the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth South Africa. The work was performed at the National Arts Festival and won a Standard Bank, Ovation Award in recognition of the merit of the performance by students and professionals. 


PROJECT LAUNCH JUNE 2018

ON 1ST JUNE 2018 WE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THE MOVING ASSEMBLY PROJECT AND WELCOMED OUR TRUSTEES AND TEAM TO MEAT EACH OTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME.  THE LAUNCH WAS SUPPORTED AND HOSTED BY THE AFRICA CENTRE AND WE WERE WELCOMED BY THE NEWLY APPOINTED CEO KENNETH THARP...follow the link to see album of images of the event

Picture: Dane Hurst with newly appointed Trustees: Ellen Chambers, Tony Dyson and Mark Schnebli



THURSDAY 22 JUNE 2017

GILLIAN MCAINSH VISIT'S THE ST THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL IN GELVANDALE TO REPORT ON MAP'S FIRST WEEK OF OUTREACH WORK WITH LOCAL YOUTH FROM THE COMMUNITY...follow the link to read more:

 

'ST THOMAS PUPILS MAP THE DANCE FLOOR WITH DANE'




MONDAY 9 MAY 2016

THE SPRUNG FLOOR - A 28MIN PROGRAMME BROADCAST FOR BBC RADIO 4 PRESENTED BY DANE HURST

A Rockethouse production, Directed by Frances Byrnes