Movement Labs

movement labs.

We run Movement Labs on a registration, short-term basis. We work with both local and international artist to deliver an environment where the Canterbury dance, and wider art community, can participate in the creation of works alongside well-known talent.

If you are interested in the creative side of dance-making, you can join guest artists for one-off workshops and learn about the choreographic process, attend an artist talk or read artist reflections in our journal.

coming up


Join Rodney as he shares his stories and experiences, bringing his own distinct approach to movement and dance-making. As a package deal you can attend his lab and his award-winning solo show with thanks to the Christchurch Arts Festival and Movement of the Human. 

meremere performance
7pm thursday 1st august
The Piano

$60 lab/show package deal 

integrated dance lab & forum 
3pm saturday 3rd august
Maker Space, North Quad at The Arts Centre
1-3pm - movement lab
3.15-4pm - accessibility forum 
$35 for lab only

To register: email

artist reflections.

Artist Residence

David Huggins - Blog iii

MAP research exchange christchurch artist #16 – David Huggins – Blog iii As the end of the residency draws near, my focus has also shifted to the presentation of the research. I have generated choreographic material through the GPS location process as well as the filmed improvisations, but a straight forward presentation of these does

Artist Residence

David Huggins - Blog ii

MAP Research Exchange Christchurch Artist #16 – David Huggins – Blog ii This week, I am rehearsing and choreographing more GPS dances that I described in my previous blog, from locations further afield. Although not a primary objective, I have found that the task is conducive to generating a large amount of raw material in

Artist Residence

David Huggins - Blog i

MAP Research Exchange Christchurch Artist #16 – David Huggins – Blog i   As I walk into the space, I’m reminded of the words by the performers in Tino Sehgal’s This Situation (2007). “Welcome to this situation!” they intoned in unison. It is a situation indeed, and I really have no idea where to start

Artist Residence

Emma Murray Artist Residence (2016) - journal iii

Emma Murray Artist Residence (2016) – journal iiiI watch: the work of: Matt Claderwood and others at CocA in their current exhibition there. I photograph: Pecarious balancing on the walk home along St Asaph street. And later that day see it again at the Isaac Theater, watching Royal New Zealand Ballet perform In the Middle Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe.I

Artist Residence

Emma Murray Artist Residence (2016) – journal ii

Emma Murray Artist Residence (2016) – journal iiiJulieanne Eason comes to visit Pigeon Bay Hall. met at PAANZ in Wellington and saw the indomitable Jo Randerson together at Bats Theater. f****** pleased to finally see this woman perform!  ​Julianne and I discuss some ideas for the space at Sawtooth and my presentation there on the 7th

Artist Residence

Emma Murray Artist Residence (2016) - journal i

emma murray artist residence (2016) – journal i Before I even got here: Mum organized the Pigeon Bay School Hall on the Peninsula for me to work in, in preparation for the classes, performance and presentation of research Julia has set up for me through MAP. Switzerland, you should see this place! I’m starting off: With my daughter’s plaits

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