Help us raise £12,000 to deliver a dance and photography programme for young orphans and disadvantaged youth in South Africa and Rwanda. Our UK-based Moving Assembly Project (MAP) team will travel to South Africa to create a bespoke teaching programme to benefit at-risk youth living in disadvantaged areas in Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Durban and Cape Town. We will also be travelling to Rwanda to continue our outreach work set up in 2016
Our Plan for summer 2017:
LIV Village: We will be delivering a two-week dance and photography workshop with LIV Village, an orphanage in Durban South Africa. By donating you can enable us to bring this activity to over 100 children.
Outreach Work: To continue our outreach work developed in 2016 we will be offering intensive dance masterclasses and wokshops to a wider network of students in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
New Performance Commission: We are excited to have received our first commission to create a new choreographic work entitled 'Who Are You?'. Our MAP team will create this new work in collaboration with local South African artists to be performed at the National Arts Fringe Festival in Grahamstown. Alongside our performances we will offer free drop-in classes to dance students at the festival and will use our new choreographic work as the basis of our educational teaching programme. 'Who Are You?' will then be presented in the UK in a cross-cultural sharing and exchange, through performance and workshops with British dancers and students in the Autumn.
We are excited at the possibility to take this new work to Rwanda to be performed at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali if we can reach our funding target.
What is MAP?
Started in 2016 by Artistic Director, Dane Hurst, MAP has already benefitted hudreds of students and forged partnerships with vital non-profit and charitable organisations. MAP has worked with Ubuntu Education Fund and Amaphiko Township Dance Project in South Africa, MindLeaps in Rwanda and Igeja Novo Tempo in Brazil. Our work in South Africa has been wonderfully documented by Frances Byrnes in an Observer Magazine Article for The Guardian and you can read it here: Observer Magazine: Dancing Out of Poverty.
MAP works with existing grassroots, educational organisations in developing countries to identify and enrich young students' potential through a tailored teaching programme. We facilitate the process of nurturing and educating whilst providing invaluable mentor support and coaching by our team of highly skilled practicing professionals in the arts industry. Having grown up in South Africa and now a multi-award winning British dancer and choreographer, Dane Hurst has seen the importance behind access to training and facilities. His success as a performing artist depended largely on charitable donations and support from teachers, foundations and trusts that subsidised and paid for his training. Dane has witnessed many talented students who were forced to quit their studies due to tuition and transportation costs. It is this reality that drives MAP's vision to reach out to students growing up in disadvantaged circumstances.
For further details of MAP's development:
You can read an article by Gillian McAinsh about the first MAP steps and Artistic Director Dane Hurst's "Crazy dance floor dream" - Weekend Post: 'Dane's crazy dance floor dream comes true' May 2016
You can listen to an inspiring and emotional story recorded for BBC Radio 4, following the journey of a dance floor that travelled all the way from its home at the old Rambert Dance Company studios in Chiswick, London, to the humble city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The documentary was recorded and directed by Frances Byrnes and presented on BBC Radio 4 by Dane Hurst in May 2016 - BBC Radio 4: The Sprung Floor / BBC Worldservice: The Sprung Floor
Photo of MAP's first workshop with students at the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth: Photo by Karl Schoemaker
MAP is inspired to celebrate dance, music and art as cross-cultural art forms belonging to a shared identity and heritage. We aim to create a diverse, inclusive artistic programme that unlocks the potential in disadvantaged youth. Every child needs an opportunity to discover their talent and we aim to create a platform to nurture this talent.