Sport & recreation  |  12 Nov 2019

Christchurch’s performing arts community is being asked how they would like to see the new Performance Movement Centre, being developed as part of the Metro Sports Facility, operated.

Currently being built by Ōtākaro Limited, Christchurch’s Metro Sports Facility will be the largest venue of its kind in New Zealand, with leisure, sporting, aquatic, education and high performance opportunities under one roof.

An artist's impression of one of the studios within the Performance Movement Centre.

When it opens in early 2022, it will include a Performance Movement Centre, featuring three movement studios:

  • A multi-purpose 200 square metre space that can be divided into two smaller studios when required. Like the other two studios, it features a sprung timber floor suitable for dance, wall mounted mirrors and more.
  • A 224 square metre space with a high 14 metre ceiling, equipped with harness rigging and anchor points for circus arts.
  • A 225 square metre space with a dry dive platform and foam pit, trampoline, springboards, swivels and acrobatic harnesses.

All three studios will be organised around a central lobby, with changing rooms and full access for people with disabilities.

“The Performance Movement Centre has amazing spaces designed for a range of disciplines including dance, circus, drama, physical theatre, diving and gymsports,” says Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox.

“It will help make the performing arts accessible for people of all ages and abilities for generations to come.

"We're now planning how the Performance Movement Centre will be managed. Once we get that confirmed in early 2020, groups and individuals will be invited to formally register interest in using the Performance Movement Centre," Mr Cox says.

Construction on the Metro Sports Facility began in June 2019.

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