Launched in September 2006, mapdance is the University of Chichester’s MA Student Performance Company jointly directed by Jerwood Award Winner, Yael Flexer (Bedlam Dance Company) and Detta Howe (Ginger Dance Theatre). mapdance has established itself as an exciting company of young, dynamic dancers recruited nationally and internationally, performing a diverse repertoire by renowned and upcoming contemporary choreographers.
“mapdance is very much one of the leading players in terms of graduate performance of contemporary dance … it transcended what we may perceive to be student dance and held its own in terms of disciplined, focussed and innovative work from a very accomplished young ensemble.” Adrian Berry Director of Jackson’s Lane, London
This year the company is performing three new commissions by Jorge Cresis, Charlie Morrissey and Yael Flexer as well as re-staging Lucinda Childs Rise and Nigel Charnock’s “XX”. This mixed bill offers a refreshing combination of dance theatre, intricate lyrical choreography, fast-paced athleticism and wry humour.
In addition to the performance programme, mapdance also 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.