mapdance is an established exciting company of young, dynamic dancers recruited nationally and internationally. Over the years the company has included dancers from Japan, China, Canada, U.S.A., Estonia, Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Germany and Malta alongside dancers from across the United Kingdom.
In addition to the performance programme, mapdance offers a range of educational work including residencies, one-off workshops and the opportunity for young people to perform alongside the company, opening the show with a specially created ‘curtain raiser’ – guaranteed to bring an audience of friends and family. Pre and post show talks are available with a performance as well as part of the workshops.
“Breakneck energy, ironic vulgarity and voracious vitality”
mapdance is jointly directed by Jerwood Award Winner, Yael Flexer (Flexer & Sandiland), and Detta Howe. The company adopts a broad approach to dance making and performance by working with established artists as well as emerging choreographers. Past mapdance commissions include works by British choreographers, Shobana Jeyasingh, Kevin Finnan, Lea Anderson, Ceyda Tanc, Jonathan Burrows, Anthony Missen, and Jose Agudo among others, as well as new work and reconstructions by international
choreographers Richard Alston (UK), Lucinda Childs (USA), Liz Aggiss (UK), Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor (Israel). The company is keen to work in partnership with venues, festivals and promoters, creating special events and participatory educational and performance projects.
“mapdance was a huge learning experience in what company life would entail, from the creative side, working with new choreographers to teaching workshops around the country to different ages and abilities. Touring the UK and to Israel really allowed me to understand how to look after my body on tour. This has made professional life easier, knowing how to keep my body adaptable when auditioning, being able to optimise energy and reduce physical and mental fatigue when touring. My experience with mapdance has given me the opportunity to be able to teach in a higher education setting which I would like to do once I finish performing, allowing me to have a long and varied career in dance.”
Will is currently working full-time with 2Faced Dance company and recently toured the triple bill ‘Everything (but the girl)’ with works by Fleur Darkin and Tamsin Fitzgerald. Since completing mapdance he has worked as a freelance dance artist, teaching for ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and a facilitator for Luke Brown Dance. He also performed for the opening of Dundee’s V&A Museum with Shaper/Caper and in Tribe dance company’s professional performance through Brighton.
Find out more about mapdance here – www.chi.ac.uk/ma-performance-dance-mapdance.