Dance Art Foundation, C-DaRE & Decoda present Critical Dialogues Symposium  Friday 24 October 2014

Symposium: 2.30-6pm
Performance: 7pm
Coventry University
Critical Dialogues:  symposium 
Is there value in discussing performance as an audience? Is it possible for large groups of individuals to engage in meaningful discussion? Is the post-performance discussion fatally flawed and redundant? Is it possible to conceive an approach that supports multiple voices, perspectives and needs?
Professor Sarah Whatley (C-DaRE, Coventry University) and choreographer Joe Moran (Dance Art Foundation), in partnership with Decoda, co-convene Critical Dialogues, a short symposium on the potential of audience discussion. Sarah and Joe invite an artist, producer and critic to present brief responses to this series of questions, offering a context and reference for shared navigation. In the early evening, Joe’s performance Assembly will be an opportunity to test out discussion models we may have conceive.
Assembly: Two works by choreographer Joe Moran, each a very different response to the question ‘what can dance say, today?’ The bold all-male ensemble, Arrangement is presented in a double-bill with the trio Obverse, commissioned for The Place Prize for dance sponsored by Bloomberg. Full-bodied dancing, stillness, virtuosity and overblown masculinity all come under inspection in this arresting evening of dance.
‘Wilfully deviant dance’ –
‘Thoughtful, challenging and wide-ranging’ – Time Out
Bookings and further information 
Full information and bookings will be available shortly. If you wish to register your interest and reserve a place before that time, please contact Lily Hayward-Smith on
This event is a partnership between Dance Art Foundation, C-DaRE and Decoda. It is part of Joe Moran’s national tour produced by Dance Art Foundation and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, with support from The Place, South East Dance, Movingeast, Artsadmin and Merseyside Dance Initiative. Photography: David Edwards.


ICE building, Parkside, CV1 2NE
Ellen Terry building, Jordan Well, CV1 5RS