Category Archives: Conferences

Dance Fields 19-22 April

Dance Fields:  Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century

April 19th-22nd 2017

University of Roehampton Conference Centre, London, UK

https://dancefields.org

This major peer-reviewed conference will celebrate the history, status and impact of Dance Studies in the UK and address the key question ‘where are we now’? Having grown steadily over the last 35 years, Dance Studies has established itself as a vital contributor to the academic and cultural sectors in the UK. But this is a time of major challenges; arts practice in the UK in general and dance in particular are under extraordinary stresses in the current socio-political climate.

Dance Fields will be proactive, inclusive and a grounding force for diverse and constructive exchanges regarding the challenges and the future outlook for dance. Taking a cue from the What Next UK Arts and Culture meetings in London that advocate from a generous position of strategic and ecological openness, Dance Fields aims to engage the fullest possible range of Higher Education institutions, research bodies and cultural organisations.

 

Dance Fields is conceived as a two-part overlapping event taking place over four days with the first three devoted to the intersections of theoretical and artistic practices. The blurring of boundaries between scholarly, writerly and material based practices; emergent discourses between and across disciplines; and new forms of collaborative and collective working will be emphasised and explored via mixed modes of enquiry, presentation, participation and dialogue. This part of the event will be by necessity ‘international’ in the sense that these practices cannot be contained within any specific country-based framework. The final day will be dedicated to strategic issues and questions pertaining to the UK socio-political landscape such as: sustainability, publishing and open access, knowledge generation and sharing, impact, and growing the community.

Taking Dance Studies in Higher Education as a departure point, Dance Fields reaches out to all parts of the UK dance field landscape to acknowledge the status of the discipline and the contribution to Dance Studies by scholars and artists, worldwide. Alongside dance scholars, the conference thus seeks to engage and involve dance educators as well as the professional artistic community.

Co-convened by Roehampton, Coventry and De Montfort Universities – each with an established Centre for Dance Research – and co-sponsored by the Society for Dance Research, the conference will include invited speakers, paper presentations, panels, artist-led interventions and workshops.

Laban Guild AGM

Elements of Analysis in Dance Making and Reconstruction

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Laban Guild

AGM Day at Trinity Laban, Creekside on 2nd April 2016

Join us in celebrating 70 years of the Laban Guild with a Laban Lecture by Chair of the Guild, Maggie Killingbeck, and two workshops by Lea Anderson and Olga Masleinnikova exploring reconstruction and dance analysis.

Lea Anderson – re-re-reconstructing Mary Wigman – photographs of the work of Mary Wigman and drawings from her choreographic notebooks form the score for a new dance developed by participants under the direction of Dance Historian Lea Anderson.

Olga Masleinnikova – dynamic principles and how to use them in dance analysis towards reconstruction.

For more information and to book please find attached flier.

Contact Selina Martin [smartin@lodgeparkacademy.co.uk] for more information.

Call for Proposals: Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation conference at University of Malta

The Department of Dance Studies, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta, in collaboration with Contact Festival Dartington in Malta, invites contributions for its upcoming conference:

Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation

Artistic, Philosophical and Scientific Approaches

 

Thursday 30 June 2016

Dance Studies Studios, San Gwann,

School of Performing Arts, University of Malta 

 

Proposals deadline 4 May 2016.

Acceptance will be communicated by 6 May 2016.

 

The Dance Studies Department of the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta is pleased to host a one-day conference focusing on artistic, philosophical, and scientific approaches to touch, contact improvisation and partnering work. The conference is linked with Contact Festival Dartington in Malta 2016, an 8-day event offering a platform for sharing contemporary practices of contact improvisation through workshops, performance, jamming, and open space labs: www.cfdmalta.com

 

For this first Dance Studies conference in Malta, we focus on the thought processes and knowledges of touch as enacted in partnering practices within martial arts, bodywork, therapies, medicine, and dancing.  Partnering, in its many forms, comprises a wealth of knowledges in social, physical and artistic practices. While the performing arts often tap into these forms as compositional resources, touch-based creative play within the areas of social dance, community work and contact improvisation are relatively under-explored areas for study. Organisers welcome contributions which speak to this gap and address the cognitive, philosophical, somatic, compositional and pedagogical processes which inform thinking/ knowing touch in partnering.

 

 

Conference keynotes are:

 

Dr Corinne Jola, cognitive scientist and choreographer, Abertay, Scotland

 

Ms Lucia Walker, Alexander Technique teacher, Oxford, UK and Durban, SA

 

 

The organisers welcome reflective and critical presentations, papers, performances framing practice-as-research, lecture demonstrations and posters addressing the following themes:

 

  • What thought processes and knowledges are particular to partnering practices, and how might these be understood in relation to performance philosophy?

 

  • What is embodied knowledge of anatomy, of physicality, and of working with the body in partnering work? How is this quantified and articulated in 21stCentury practices?

 

  • How are understandings of touch as developed in martial arts applied to partnering and contact improvisation, and vice versa?

 

  • How are emerging medical understandings of the body (such as mirror neurons and hormones) informing practices of touch in dance, and how might these partnering practices inform medical studies?

 

  • How can touch offer non-logocentric modes for critical engagement with artistic and philosophical work?

 

  • What qualities are particular to partnering and contact improvisation practices in the 21stCentury and how do they lend themselves toward research in cognitive studies? What are key methods of cognitive studies in the 21st Century and how do they lend themselves toward research in dance practices?

 

  • What are possible futures of dance partnering and contact improvisation for the 21stCentury? How might digital interfaces offer new directions for partnering?

 

  • How can partnering and touch-based partnering practices be recorded, documented and archived, and what are the implications for this within different fields of research?

 

  • What can students and researchers of medicine, architecture, engineering or psychology learn from partnering and contact improvisation? What are the applications to cross-disciplinary enquiry?

 

  • How can partnering dance forms impact participants’ health and well-being?

 

  • What kinds of scores for practical engagement elicit different responses in practitioners and audiences?

 

  • How do pedagogies of touch-based bodywork, contact improvisation and partnering dance challenge or affirm diverse theories of learning?

 

  • How do new technologies convey touch across digital media? How might posthumanist discourses inform how we are now feeling and being felt differently?

Please submit your proposal in the form of a 250-word abstract and 100-word biography to malaika.sarco-thomas@um.edu.mt by 4 May 2016. Please include any technical requirements in your proposal, noting that remote presentations can also be considered. Selections will be made and speakers confirmed by 6 May 2016. The organising committee aims to coordinate publication of conference proceedings into an online open-source format.

Conference co-organisers are Dr Malaika Sarco-Thomas and Dr Brandon Shaw, of the Dance Studies Department at University of Malta. Questions can be directed to Malaika at the above address, and to brandon.shaw@um.edu.mt

Registration open for the DanceHE Early Career symposium and keynotes announced

Registration is now open for the forthcoming DanceHE Early Career Symposium

Dance in the 21st Century: Questioning methods of practice, pedagogy and research

University of Bedfordshire 7th April 2016

Keynote panel: Imogen Aujla, Sara Houston and Victoria Thoms

The event will showcase the exciting and innovative work of upcoming academics located in research, practice and pedagogy. With a focus on methodology, the presenters will question and reflect upon approaches to their work, along side a panel of mid career keynote speakers: Imogen Aujla, Sara Houston and Victoria Thoms.

This event welcomes academics from a range of backgrounds and levels of experience that wish to engage with current practice and research. It is free to anyone who works or studies at a DanceHE registered university. DanceHE registered universities are listed on our website: http://dancehe.org.uk/institutional-members

If you are not a DanceHE member or associated with a registered institution there is a £15 charge. Alternatively there are several ways that you can sign up to become a member. Follow the link for more information: http://dancehe.org.uk/aboutus/become-a-member

To register for the event follow please follow this link:

http://www.beds.ac.uk/venue/events/dance-early-career

 

If you have any further questions please email Rachel Farrer Rachel.farrer@beds.ac.uk

CfP Well-Being 2016 conference

Call for Papers NOW OPEN – Deadline Sunday 10th April 2016

WELL-BEING 2016: Co-Creating Pathways to Well-Being, The Third International
Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being

Hosted by Birmingham City University, Monday 5th September – Tuesday 6th
September, 2016

This year Well-Being 2016 explores the multi-dimensions of well-being focusing on the
achievements of well-being through collaboration – ‘to co-create experiences which are
positive and meaningful to the individual’.

We aim to provide a platform for dialogue between academics and practitioners,
knowledge exchange and methodological exploration through a combination of keynote
speakers, breakout sessions and workshops.

*Key Themes*
•       Children’s well-being
•       Nature based solutions towards well-being
•       The context of the medical humanities
•       Recording, representing and evaluating the positive experience
•       Mentoring for well-being
•       Visioning and future thinking of well-being scenarios

*Abstracts invited for*
•       Posters
•       Papers (between 1500 and 3000 words)
•       Interactive Workshops (45 – 60 mins)

Abstracts for all presentation types may be exploratory in nature or consider the findings
of existing studies drawn from academia or practice. They need to address issues
relating to well-being, where we are particularly interested to consider new and
innovative work, and presented in relation to the type of presentation, the results and
their significance.

Authors should provide a clear and brief outline of the paper, including identifying
Objectives, Methodology, Results, and Conclusion. For interactive workshops, authors
should also explain the activity and the necessary logistics and resources to do so.

*Abstracts submission*
Abstracts for all presentation types (250 words) should be submitted through
www.conftool.net/wellbeing2016/
Abstracts and papers will be blind peer reviewed. All papers, posters and workshops will
be included in the conference proceedings with an assigned ISBN.

*Conference highlights*
•       Keynote speakers
•       Papers (for electronic publishing as proceedings)
•       Conference presentations
•       Posters
•       Interactive workshops
•       Delegate pack
•       Lunch
•       Delegate dinner
•       Opportunities for networking
•       Pre-conference tours

For more information visit:

http://www.bcuadvantage.co.uk/events/185/WellBeingConference2016

For all queries contact: wellbeing2016@bcu.ac.uk

Call for papers: Re:generations 4 ­ Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination

3-5 November 2016

MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH.

Following the highly successful 2014 conference Re:generations – Rethinking the past to reimagine the future, the steering group is pleased to announce Re:generations 4 – Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination.

Re:generations 4 builds on the success of the last three conferences in 2010, 2012 and 2014 which have established a distinctive combination of keynote addresses, panel discussions, papers, performances, and workshops focusing on dance and the African diaspora. The central theme of the fourth conference is Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination. Legacy here is understood as the impact that the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora created and is now passing on as it merges with other national dance associations to form the new organisation One Dance UK. Beyond that there is also the rich cultural heritage from the Diaspora, as well as heritages and legacies passing between countries – in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and the UK – as well as between different generations or between practitioners who pass on the potential of different art forms as these develop. Artists continually investigate new aesthetic territories, when fusions emerge, or when they explore their roots. What legacies are we inheriting and how can we make the most of these? What are the different ways in which people from different generations make connections with cultural heritage? The 2016 conference will facilitate discussion and debate about these questions in order to build a positive future for the development of new dance talent in the UK.

Hosted in Birmingham at the MAC (Midlands Art Centre), this conference will be delivered by One Dance UK, IRIE! dance theatre, ACE dance and music, dance Immersion and De Montfort University.One of the conference keynote addresses will be delivered by Hilary Carty, who works internationally as a consultant (NTL UK), facilitator, coach (CIPD), Visiting Professor (Kufstein University of Applied Sciences) and speaker, embracing significant experience in leadership, strategic management and organisational development. There will be high level delegations from the US-based International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) and from Canada, Dance Immersion, who will be able to share diverse, international perspectives on the conference’s key concerns.

The conference partners invite proposals for papers, lecture demonstrations and workshops that address the theme of Diasporic dance: legacies of imagination. By offering opportunities to reflect on the heritage, legacies, histories, geographies, places and spaces of dance of the African Diaspora, the conference aims both to celebrate the achievements of elders and foster the talent of a new generation of dance practitioners and of new dance scholars.

We welcome proposals on the following subthemes:

  •   1. Youth dance work, training, and intergenerational dialogues.
  •   2. Heritage and Digital Arts
  •   3. Women and the dance profession, i.e. diasporic or street dance forms
  •   4: Health and Wellbeing.
  •   5. New approaches to creating histories of Breaking, street, old school and other popular and social forms, the development of African Peoples Dance, histories of interactions between African, Caribbean, and Western contemporary dance.
  •   6. International dialogues – with the African Continent, with the Caribbean, with other European countries, with USA and Canada.

We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 500 words for proposals which address any of the above themes as well as other topics related to its central focus on Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination. The programme will include 20 minute papers, panel discussions, lecture demonstrations, performances, films, workshops, or other modes of presentation. Lecture demonstrations and workshops should be 25 and 45 minutes long including time for brief Q&A. As in previous years there will also be opportunities for MA students and PhD students at the start of their research to give five minute presentations about their research topics. Please clearly indicate the nature and length of your presentation together with any technical requirements.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1st of July 2016. Submissions will be accepted by email only. Please direct emails to info@adad.org.uk, including ‘Re:generations 4’ in the subject line.

About the Re:generations partners

One Dance UK

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On 1st April 2016, The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England merged to form a new unified national ‘go-to’ industry body for dance in the UK called One Dance UK. The new organisation represents dancers at all levels of the dance industry, and champions excellence in education and research, youth dance, dance of the African diaspora, performance and art form development, health and well-being, management, leadership and career development. One Dance UK aims to build on past achievements of the four merged organisations and enhance current programmes.

For dance of the African Diaspora (DAD), the programmes include;

The annual Trailblazers Fellowships for professional development and profile raising which has two strands to supports emerging and mid-career artists through a tailored mentorship programme, a bursary and a public showcase. The 36 trailblazers supported to date have had an exponential impact on the development of Dance of the African Diaspora in the UK,demonstrating leadership, creating new initiatives in performance, education, research and professional development.

The Heritage project, ‘Moments’ which was created with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund has made a distinctive contribution to collecting, conserving, interpreting and narrating the history and heritage from 1930s – 1990s that informs the work of Black dancers in contemporary Britain. Launched in October 2006, the exhibition which is currently a photographic exhibition with a complimentary reader Voicing Black Dance, has toured to London, Leicester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester and continues to tour nationally and internationally. One Dance UK aims to digitise ‘Moments’ and incorporate it in a new sector wide initiative to reflect the contribution of dance across the sectors in the UK and beyond.

The biennial Bloom National Festival will continue to enhance the regional reach for Dance of the African Diaspora alongside a concentrated programme of work across the UK, celebrating and showcasing local artists working with the dance styles rooted in the African Diaspora.

The international conference Re:generations, an academic and artistic event is delivered with national and international partners biennially, to make a significant contribution to the discourse, development and perspectives for dance.

www.onedanceuk.org

IRIE! dance theatre

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Established in 1985, IRIE! dance theatre is Britain’s leading dance company working in the field of African and Caribbean dance fusion and education. The company delivers and sustains a range of creative, educational and artistic activities, based on the stimuli derived from Africa and the Caribbean. Located in the heart of South East London IRIE! occupies the Moonshot Centre, which houses dance studios, teaching rooms & archive and library facilities; where it continues to run and develop accredited qualifications, research programmes, community engagement and professional development for the dance sector.

The company provides employment, training, support and mentoring for a significant number of young people and professionals working in dance as well as related cultural industries. IRIE!’s collaborations have spanned across the UK and internationally. Established in 2009, IRIE!’s partnership with City & Islington College (Further Education) and London Metropolitan University (Higher Education) continue to deliver a Foundation Degree in Dance, where African, Caribbean and Street dance practice and theory are taught equally alongside contemporary dance.

www.iriedancetheatre.org

De Montfort University

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De Montfort University has an international reputation for the quality of its research in dance history and theory, pedagogy, and performance-based research. It is has been offering degrees in dance since the late 1970s when it was Leicester Polytechnic. During the 1980s, the Black Dance Development Trust held its first Black Dance Summer School at Leicester Polytechnic. In 2007, it held the Black Britons and Dance conference with Professor Brenda Dixon Gottschild as keynote speaker on her first visit to a British university. From 2012 and 2014 the AHRC-funded research project British Dance and the African Diaspora run by Christy Adair and Ramsay Burt was based at De Montfort with ADAD as a project partner. Highlights of this project include the exhibition British dance: Black routescurated at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool as well as public events in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and the Royal Festival Hall in London. An edited collection of essays that have come out of this project, titled British dance: Black routes, is being published by Routledge in Autumn 2016.

www.dmu.ac.uk

ACE dance and music

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ACE dance and music winner of the ‘Diverse Company of The Year’ in the BEXLIVE 2015 Enterprise Awards, is a national touring dance company founded in 1996 and based in Birmingham UK. We are an internationally recognised leader in the field of Contemporary African and Caribbean Dance. Our signature style is Afro-fusion – dance which is rooted in traditional forms yet expressed through a purely contemporary lens. By combining African & Caribbean movement aesthetics with contemporary techniques we create high quality innovative performance – always combining dance with original music and often using new digital media and techniques from other disciplines including theatre. The company’s reputation has developed through 9 biennial productions touring to small and mid-scale theatres and festivals both across the UK and internationally. Led by Artistic Directors Gail and Ian Parmel, the company works regularly in collaboration with a family of international Artistic Associates. We offer a full range of bespoke education and outreach programmes, deliver in- house studio based dance classes, and play host to ACE Youth – our youth dance company, with its own independent reputation for excellence.

acedanceandmusic.com

dance Immersion

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dance Immersion is a not-for-profit organization that produces, promotes and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. The organization was founded in 1994 by Vivine Scarlett and was established to address the need for additional presentation, skill development, and networking opportunities for dance artists of African descent. During its 22 year history, dance Immersion has experienced considerable success in connecting with dance artists of African Decent throughout Canada and around the world with the services we provide. Our programs offer audiences and participants a variety of activities that evoke diverse artistic expressions.

www.danceimmersion.ca

The Conference Steering Group consists of the Partners together with Judith Palmer, ADAD Chair and Christy Adair, Professor Emerita York St Johns University.

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CfP: Asian Performance Conference UK, University of Lincoln

Embodied Knowledge:
Training & Performance Practice
10, 11 June 2016
Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts

Keynote
Prof Erika Fischer-Lichte, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Topic: The Body as Site of Interweaving Performance Cultures: Between Being a Body and Having a Body

Call for Papers:
The aim of the conference is to explore the terrain of embodied knowledge of Asian performance, specifically the ways in which distinctively different concepts and methods of practice inform and shape the idea of ‘performance’ as a critical paradigm. It is also the focus of the conference to reexamine and reevaluate the ways in which the embodied knowledge of Asian performance informs the development of intercultural theory, training methods and production practices for the last many decades.

Asian performance offers a rich vocabulary of concepts and methodologies of practices enabling a complex and multilayered psychophysical ‘process’ in which the ‘technique’ becomes the ‘knowledge’ of the body. ‘Technique’ gains the status of ‘knowledge’ in Asian performance. The body becomes an instrument in the hand of its user and the performance knowledge is transmitted through the practical mastery of the practice of the body. The technique shapes and defines the form of practice and this practice, in turn, is embedded in the techniques of the body. The knowledge of the body is evoked and delivered in performance through a series of gestures, movements, utterances, physical modulations and voice. The performer uses a series of motion trajectories and mental manoeuvres in this process. What is this ‘process’ of technique becoming the knowledge of the flesh and what are the psychophysical dynamics involved in this ‘process’? What do we learn from Asian performance about this embodied knowledge in performance practice and how do we understand and theorise this ‘process’ of the sensuous scholarship of the body across different spatialities and temporalities? Training methods in Asian theatre insist upon relentless repetitions to stabilise the learning of specific bodily techniques. The body remembers and repeats all the limb movements and their numbers mechanically while taking the body out of its restrictive principles of practice. Similarly, Asian performance traditions offer a dynamic body relationship and alternative performance modes that are syncretic and multi-generic, integrating dance, music, text, decorative and symbolic colour coding and much more. This is the wider context in which the convenors of this conference invite proposals for papers, workshops, lecture demonstrations or poster presentations on the topics including, but not limited to, these:
•       Choreography and movement;
•       Training: Concepts, methods, pedagogy and artistic practices;
•       Psychophysical processes: technique, repetition and physical transformation;
•       Eclecticism, fusion and the problems of Intercultural paradigm;
•       The future of intercultural exchange in the contemporary Asian/Western/ cyber cultural settings;
•       Politics of colour, race and ethnicity;
•       Knowing through the body/thinking through the body;
•       Women in Asian theatre: Gender, sexual and trance-gender identities;
•       The body: techniques, terminologies and practices;
•       Ritual and play.
Please submit an abstract proposal (not more than 350 words) and a 200 word biographical note to the co-directors of the conference: Dr Sreenath Nair: snair@lincoln.ac.uk and Dr Arya Madhavan: amadhavan@lincoln.ac.uk
Selected papers will be published in a special edited volume. Details to be announced soon.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 15 March 2016
CONFIRMATIONS: 1 April 2016

Deadline reminder – ESpace Digital Dance Day

Registration closing on Friday!​

 
Europeana Space Digital Dance Day
 
Wednesday 16th March 2016

10am – 4pm

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), ​Coventry University

As part of the EU funded Europeana Space (ESpace) project, C-DaRE will be holding a Digital Dance Day, to showcase two recently developed digital tools for dance practice and scholarship.

ESpace is a three-year project, now in its second year, which examines the creative reuse of cultural heritage across a range of art and media forms. As part of the project researchers at C-DaRE have teamed up with partners from New University Lisbon and IN2 to develop two digital tools to facilitate and encourage creative engagement with digital dance content.

Dance Pro is a digital annotation tool, which allows users to inscribe on top of live streamed and recorded footage. It is designed for use during and after the creative process, allowing artists to notate their work and draw attention to key features. The tool allows for aspects of choreographic thinking to be communicated across disciplines and has great potential for use in educational contexts.

Dance Spaces is an online portal that allows users to search, collate and organise dance content. It facilitates the development of virtual exhibitions, specialist educational resources, and expansive collections of online and personal content.

The ESpace Digital Dance Day will introduce the tools through a series of practical workshops led by Sarah Whatley, Rosa Cisneros and Hetty Blades. The morning session (10am – 12.30pm) will explore the potentials of annotation in studio contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with using Dance Pro in their own practice, and explore the multiple ways in can be used for research and education.

The afternoon session (1.30pm – 4pm) will look at ‘remixing’ dance, using Dance Spaces to source, learn, re-make, and share online content. We will explore embodied interaction with digital dance, developing new works and collections for submission to an online dance exhibition.

Participants are welcome to join us for one or both sessions. The day is suited to dance practitioners, educators, students and researchers, as well as those with an interest in dance working in neighbouring fields.

The event is free, but places are limited and participants must register before 11th March via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/espace-digital-dance-day-tickets-21307540427

If you have any questions please email Hetty Blades ac1417@coventry.ac.uk

‘Muse of Modernity?: Remembering, Mediating and Modernising Popular Dance’ symposium

Please find here to download the provisional schedule and registration details for the ‘Muse of Modernity: Remembering, Mediating and Modernising Popular Dance’ symposium at Senate House, University of London on Saturday 16th April. The event is free, but please register via Eventbrite here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/muse-of-modernity-remembering-mediating-and-modernising-popular-dance-tickets-21722958955 
The deadline for applications for travel bursaries to attend the symposium has now been extended to 14th March. For further information see: https://dancingwithmemory.wordpress.com/muse-of-modernity/
This event is part of the AHRC-funded Dancing with Memory project based at University of Chichester. For more information see the website here: https://dancingwithmemory.wordpress.com/ or the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/dancingwithmemoryproject/

Beyond Jewellery: Performing the body symposium 17th March 2016 booking open

 

Beyond Jewellery:Performing the Body

10am-5pm, 17 March 2016 at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University

6pm – 8pm flockOmania2 performance

The Beyond Jewellery symposium coincides with flockOmania2, an exhibition and live performance event which crosses boundaries between jewellery and dance. Located within the field of contemporary art jewellery, this symposium explores the relationships between sculptural objects, the body and performance. In doing so, Beyond Jewellery offers a space to interrogate and reflect upon interdisciplinary projects interested in the body as a meeting place or nexus for collaboration. With a keynote from artist, researcher and body-centric sculptor, Di Mainstone, and talks spanning disciplines from textiles, dance, jewellery to sound and film, the point at which the themes of body, object and performance intersect are explored from myriad angles.

Speakers include:

Panels are chaired by:

Prof Sarah Whatley (Coventry University), Prof Jill Journeau (Coventry University), Prof Jivan Astfalck (Birmingham City University)

Following the Symposium, the audience is invited to join the flockOmania team in the Parkside Gallery, for an improvised durational performance and private view to celebrate this latest stop on flockOmania’s world tour. The exhibition showcases wearable objects which explore the relationship between jewellery, dance and performance. It was created by Zoe Robertson in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work. The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. flockOmania2 will be hosted at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University from Monday 22nd February to Friday 1st April 2016.

The flockOmania2 performance and private view begins at 6pm – 8pm and entry is free.

Please join us.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Beyond Jewellery symposium will be held at Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD. This will not take place at the School of Jewellery.

It is organised in conjunction with the School of Jewellery (Faculty of Arts Design and Media, Birmingham City University) and the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE, Coventry University). Convened by Zoe Roberson and Sian Hindle (School of Jewellery) and Dr Natalie Garrett Brown (C-DaRE).