In the wake of #MeToo, Ilse Ghekiere published the article #Wetoo: What Dancers Talk About When They Talk About Sexism. Her research into sexism in the Belgian dance sector – and the debate it instigated – developed into the anti-sexism campaign ENGAGEMENT. This evening will feature several artist-activists who are coming to talk about the steps that have been taken and the artistic strategies to tackle the abuse of power, discrimination, and inappropriate behaviour.
I will be speaking at this event following involvement in thinking around #MeToo and the specific/ general expression of this in dance scene(s).
A conference day which culminates a series of three seminars, exploring this provocative question, 'What is Dance without an Audience?'.
For academics in all disciplines, dance artists and movement practitioners, and anyone else who wants to exchange thinking about dance! This conference will be a whole day exploring responses around questions of dance and audience. Themes will include dance in ritual and worship contexts; the role of the dance critic; a workshop on the Visual Matrix Method of accessing audience response; investigations into performer-audience connections across Bharatanatyam dance, site-specific work and other disciplines.
research week with undergraduate students at Roehampton University
Over several days in the studio we will explore physical methodologies drawn from my interactive dance works. We will play with ideas around choreography as coding, danced-games, rule-systems and puzzle-dances. We will practice and build together; developing physical materials and familiarity with a cerebral way of working. Through everything we will tether our explorations to the experience of the audience and the role they might play in how the work unfolds.
You will need (indoor) trainers that you can run in, a notebook/ paper and a few coloured pens or pencils.
This day-long workshop invites you to actively engage in artists’ research to explore the intersection between the body, movement and the digital.
In the morning’s workshop, choreographer Janine Harrington will introduce digital concepts that she uses in making her work like coding, tracking, zooming and navigating. Through games and movement activities, you’ll develop and use a set of tools for creating movement drawing on our culture’s growing digital literacy.
In the afternoon, artists Gibson / Martelli will introduce tools for engagement with movement in augmented and virtual reality. You will be able to experience and experiment with performance technologies to discover how we respond to ourselves, others and environments in these ‘new spaces'.
Doing Day: Dance / Digital
Sun 4 Feb, 10.30am-4.30pm
£25 / £20 conc (plus booking fees)
No previous dance or choreographic experience required
Teaching on Mediated Choreography MA/MFA module at Roehampton University
In this session we will consider mediation in two ways. Taking a number of my works as concrete examples of practising performance, we will think about the score (the plan, the coding) and how its manifestation is negotiated in real-time through changing material and attentional conditions. We will think through analogies of coding, and a lens of “practice” to explore ways in which the audience/ visitor could be conceptualised as co-agent or navigator of the work. The session will be part presentation and part practical exploration.
Professional Development supported through South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme 2017/18 with partnership support from Dance4.
I dance the solo Instead of allowing something to rise up to your face dancing dan and bruce and other things (2000) by Tino Sehgal at Fondation Beyeler.
Image: processing on screensaver material by Matt Pearson at Brandwatch
Performed with Elodie Escarmelle and Fleur Khani.