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XCHC Friday - MAP

Movement Art Practice Performance
'My solo is a group piece' by Emma Murray
Bar Opens at 5:00pm, Performance at 6:30pm

Emma's return home to Christchurch sees her wanting to expose some of her current fields of research and share an approach to performance and performance making that is informed by nearly 15 years spent living in Switzerland, and working with a wide variety of dance practitioners and choreographers from across Europe.

Her current interests involve developing an absurd personal logic to investigate the role of the spectator in performance.

She asks what if performance is a result of how we experience ourselves in relation to others and the spaces we inhabit? A place to reflect on our common desire to communicate identity through the identities of others?

It is here, Emma is investigating how a shared identity between the performer and spectator might emerge, and performance, as a collective act, be re-imagined.

Through MAP Emma has had the opportunity to continue this research, through leading weekly classes and labs, and whilst in residence at Pigeon Bay on the Banks Peninsula.

Emma invites anyone interested in the presentation to a discussion afterward about new contexts for choreography.

We’re hoping the research presented might facilitate an exchange on what choreography can be and how we might define and locate it in our own lives.


Emma Murray is a dancer/choreographer living in Bern, Switzerland. She danced as a soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet from the age of 19 before moving to Europe in 1997. She then danced with the Konzert Theater Bern for 8 years, leaving in 2008 to establish herself as a Swiss based choreographer and performer. As well as performing and producing her own work she continues to teach, act and assist in choreographic and theater projects throughout Switzerland. She was appointed Associated Artist at the Dampfzentrale Bern from 2013-2015 where her work is regularly co-produced. Since 2013, and in recognition of her emerging presence in both national and international settings, she has been the recipient of support from the City of Bern and ProHelvetia Switzerland, to aid in the distribution and artistic development of her work. Murray’s interest in creative practices led to the launch of WORKING SESSIONS in 2014, an exchange based research platform which facilitates the collaboration and curation of artists, working across disciplines in performance, choreography, writing and music. It has seen her work alongside diverse artists such as Wendy Houstoun, Simone Aughterlongy, Martin Schick, Jacob Wren, Nicole Seiler, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Jessica Huber, Julian Satorius, Marysia Stoklosa and Simon Lenski. As a result, Murray sees artistic process as a practice that archives at the same time as doing, and can be seen, not separate to, but interwoven into performance itself. Her performance work includes; My Body is an Island (2008), You Should Have Seen Me (2009), naturalcauses (2010), MADE TO ORDER (2011), This is the Beginning (2012), the way you look tonight (2014). The works endeavors to find physical translations that embody and expose the more absurd contradictions of being human.

Earlier Event: 6 April
Akina Workshop
Later Event: 15 April
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