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Assembly: Critical Dialogues


Critical Dialogues: afternoon symposium 

Guest Speakers Alan Rivett– Director of Warwick Arts Centre, Sanjoy Roy-Dance critic and writer and Antje Hildebrandt-Choreographer and performer, were invited to lead the discussion around post/pre performance talks, discussions and Q&A’s. 

Each of the guest speakers were asked to consider the following questions. 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: early evening performance 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.

Assembly: Critical Dialogues is a partnership between Dance Art Foundation, C-DaRE and Decoda. It is part of Joe Moran’s Assembly 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.

Oct 24

Event Time:
Start time: 14:30
End time: 20:00

Event Location:
ICE building, Parkside, CV1 2NE

Event Contact:
Emma Meehan