BEYOND BORDERS | A DANCE A DAY SERIES
MAP have started a #danceaday series to stay active 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 film as a symbol of celebration at the end of the lockdown.
So far we've received a great response from our friends around the world sending us their films. We've shared films from Kigali - Rwanda, Austria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth - 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 and will give you a shout-out on our social media page on Facebook.
Share you video via messenger or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on our Facebook page to see all the films: https://www.facebook.com/movingassemblyproject/ | #mapdanceaday #danceaday #staysafe #beyondborders
Teaching is at the heart of what we do and thanks to your support, we have always been able
to offer our programme at no cost to the student. Last year we introduced and offered our first photography workshops led by Karl Schoemaker alongside our regular dance programme.
We worked with over 100 students in Port Elizabeth, at the Ithuba Community College in Port Edward and at the LIV Village in Durban. The workshops were facilitated by our MAP team
and the images were taken by our students on disposable cameras based on the theme 'Who Are you?' This year we continued the photography programme alongside our dance workshops that took
place at the St Thomas High School and the Ubuntu Pathways. The team worked towards creating a curtain raiser performance for 74 youth who performed alongside our MAP team in collaboration
with Nelson Mandela University on the PE Opera House stage. Most of the students were entering and performing in the theatre for the very first time. This was a very special experience
for the student, parents and members of the community who saw the youth expressing their individuality on stage; a contrast to knowing where they come from
and seeing them in a very different, radiant light.
We now have a very strong visual archive from the very many different perspectives and life situations of many of our students which allows us to have a deeper understanding of who it is that we are working with and what it is that we are offering within the context of their environment. Now after completing our third and most ambitious project to date, we are ready to fully share with you the impact of this work on the students. We are in the process of working towards showing all these photos and filmed documentary footage of our collective work thus far and look forward to finally hosting a celebratory event at the Africa Centre in London towards the end of 2018.
TEACHING and PERFORMANCE is our MAP focus and we aim to work with as many young or old students as possible. In 2016 we worked with approximately 80 students and in 2017 we opened our project up to the wider community and offered dance and photography classes to 200 students at St Thomas High School in Port Elizabeth, LIV Village Orphanage in Durban and the Ithuba Community College in Port Edward leading to the creation of new choreography that students and professionals performed to members of the community at the end of the workshops and at the National Arts Festival.
MAP delivered its first photography workshop at the St Thomas Senior Secondary School in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth. Karl Schoemaker was leading lecturer and the workshops which spanned over 2 weeks resulted in the creation of some fantastic images based on the theme of WHO ARE YOU?
MAP are looking forward to working with LIV Village in 2017 and will be delivering professional Masterclasses in other parts of South Africa. More news to follow...
MAP delivered an intensive 2 week training and choreography programme, working with 60 untrained dance students at the Ubuntu Education Fund in Zwide, Port Elizabeth.
MAP delivered an intensive 1 week programme leading to an informal sharing of choreography, working with students of the Amaphiko Township Dance Project in Grahamstown, South Africa.