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Photo by Stuart Lloyd-Harris
Photo by Stuart Lloyd-Harris
Movement Art Practice presents Underside


Community dancers perform UNDERSIDE on Saturday 28th May in the underground car park of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Movement Art Practice (MAP) produces its fourth Community Choreographic Project in collaboration with contemporary dance choreographer Anna Bate (Oomph, The Experience Experience), sound designer Demarnia Lloyd (Cloudboy), and visual artist Stuart Lloyd-Harris (Ars Acustica, Hive). The team has embraced the challenge to create performance art in an industrial space designed for parked cars and supportive pillars.

MAP’s kaupapa is to create space for anyone to engage more deeply with their moving body, thus formal dance training is not required for the cast members. The ensemble of thirteen dancers from various backgrounds will be exploring what it means to be an artistic exhibition of moving bodies in a non-traditional setting.

Choreographer Anna Bate draws inspiration from artist Francis Upritchard, whose work is currently being exhibited in the Gallery, and the techniques of sculpture to create a show that works in the car park space. Bate cites the Upritchard publication Jealous Saboteurs (2016) as a touchstone for the choreography. “I like the book because she commissioned other writers in relation to her work. Not as art critics, but for the stories that come from their experience of her work. That appeals to me because I feel like I am doing that through dance.”

Creating a performance with dancers from the community to explore the relationship between art and audience, UNDERSIDE encourages kōrero on where art is enshrined and how underutilised urban spaces could be repurposed.

Nick Priddy, Visitor Programmes Coordinator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, highlighted the desire of the Gallery to engage all of its spaces. “The carpark is such a unique and special space that is historically underutilised. We are excited to see the space activated by this year’s community project.” 

Audacity and inclusivity are key values at MAP. The excitement of putting on a show underground and working in partnership with the Gallery far outweigh the technical challenges of the site. “I am so keen on the site, where figures or sculptures in this underground space are coming to life, like the secret life of the Gallery.” - Anna Bate.

UNDERSIDE is a ticketed event. The show will be mixed seated. Audience members should note that the show is not drive-in entertainment. Bookings are essential and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

Date and time: 3pm and 7pm, Saturday 28th May 2022

Venue entrance: 316 Montreal Street, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū



Publicity contact:
Virginia Kennard


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Movement Art Practice

3 May 2022

Movement Art Practice (MAP) is a not-for-profit Contemporary dance organisation based in Ōtautahi Christchurch.