mapdance is an established vibrant company of dancers recruited nationally and internationally performing diverse repertoire by renowned and upcoming contemporary choreographers. This year the company has commissioned new works from Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor (Israel), Laila Diallo (UK), Helen Parlor (UK) and Laura Aris Alvarez (Belgium/Spain). The mixed repertory offers a refreshing mixture of dance theatre, intricate lyrical choreography, fast-paced athleticism and wry humour. It is a programme that will appeal to both seasoned dance viewers and audiences new to dance and is of particular relevance to dance students at GCSE, TEC and A-level.
“Breakneck energy, ironic vulgarity and voracious vitality”
mapdance is jointly directed by Award Winner, Yael Flexer (Flexer & Sandiland) and Detta Howe. Past mapdance commissions include works by choreographers: Richard Alston, Liz Aggiss, Kevin Finnan, Jonathan Burrows, Ben Wright, Gregory Makoma (South Africa), Ofra Idel (Machol Shalem/Israel), Ildance (Sweden), Lea Anderson, Kerry Nichols and Yael Flexer among others.
Alongside touring, mapdance also offers tailor-made educational residencies, delivering one-off workshops, and/or the opportunity for young people to perform alongside the company. All workshops and residencies are led by members of the company.
“mapdance enabled me to develop and deepen my skills within my moving and thinking self. I became more confident in my technical dancing and in my contribution to creative processes. I developed critical thinking with regards to dance practices and theories, becoming a reflective thinker and artist. Mapdance pushed me in a positive way past my comfort zone and limits both physically and mentally. It has also given me friendships and connections for life, which I will treasure forever.”
Ane Iselin Brogeland
Since Graduating in 2015 Ise has worked with Uta Engle- Sticky Trace Dance Company , Hamburg, Germany touring and delivering workshops across Europe. Ise has also worked with Flexer & Sandiland, Bettina Carpi and Manny Emslie as well as receiving funding for her company Ori Dance. She has been selected for David Zambrano’s Flying Low intensive training and is currently teaching as part of an artist residency at the University of Chester.
Find out more about mapdance here – www.chi.ac.uk/ma-performance-dance-mapdance.