MAPP International Productions is dedicated to developing sustainable environments for artists to create, premiere and tour performing arts projects. This means not only placing live work on the stages of performing arts venues worldwide, but also creating opportunities for discussion, learning and civic engagement that encourage appreciation of different cultures and perspectives. MAPP nurtures contemporary artists who reside and create in many parts of the world, embracing multidirectional infiltration and contributing to the U.S.'s role as a valued partner in a global creative community.
MAPP is General Manager and co-founder of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium ("TACAC"), a coalition of nine diverse arts institutions from around the U.S. advancing a dynamic exchange of arts and ideas between artists, arts organizations, cultural and other institutions of Africa and the United States. The members of TACAC are dedicated to building enduring partnerships between people on both continents through exchanges that support creative exploration, that share artistic work, and that promote dialogue on many levels.
Through its work with the Africa Consortium, MAPP has connected 52 contemporary African artists from 15 different countries to thousands of U.S. citizens in 31 cities in 21 states. Among others, we organized and supported tours for Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theater (South Africa); Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo), Compagnie Tché Tché (Côte d’Ivoire), Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa) and Cie Heddy Maalem (France/Algeria). On tour, these artists not only perform on stage, but also engage with local people of many ages and backgrounds in diverse venues—in master classes and workshops; in lectures and panel discussions; at film screenings and artistic exchanges; at intimate gatherings and receptions.
We have hosted and supported 12 African artists/ensembles in residencies in the U.S., providing time and space for creative exploration and for meeting artists, students, community members, and representatives from arts organizations, funders and businesses. Residency artists have included Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria), Michel Kouakou (Côte d’Ivoire), and Opiyo Okach (Kenya). We have also enabled artists, such as Panaibra Gabriel from Mozambique, and Boyzie Cekwana from South Africa, to attend conferences in the U.S. where they have met with artists, writers, funders, presenters and members of the public. Finally, to build our own knowledge, to see works by African artists, and to strategize partnerships, we have organized 23 research trips abroad to 11 African and 3 European countries.
In fall 2012, MAPP and TACAC are producing the debut U.S. tour of a two-night program with five exceptional works: "Correspondances" by Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa) and Kettly Noel (Mali); "Quartiers Libres" by Nadia Beugre (Côte d’Ivoire); "Sombra" by Maria Helena Pinto (Mozambique); and "Madame Plaza" by Bouchra Ouizguen. This shared program, called VOICES OF STRENGTH, will introduce the work of these powerful female artists to audiences across the U.S.