OUR DANCE DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE RETURNS AS ARTISTS AND ACADEMICS MEET ONLINE
Karen Gallagher MBE, Karen Gallagher and Associates( KGA) and Dr. Sarah Black-Frizell
(Liverpool Hope University) present Our Dance Democracy 2: Identity, Pandemic,
Protest/Resistance and Feminism
The role of dance and performance in democratic discussions and forging connections
through identity and belonging will form the heart of a two-day conference online
in February 2021.
The conference will be held ONLINE, 11th and 12th February 2021.
Building on the success of Our Dance Democracy (ODD) in 2018, this conference will further
the debate, extending the dialogue of how artists and academics interrogate the function of
dance in the 21st Century.
Our Dance Democracy 2 will consider the notion of our world as an ever-challenging and changing global society, in which social media facilitates the circulation of opinions and prejudices rooted in intuitive, and frequently unexamined narratives of contemporary societies. These are increasingly
taken up, legitimised, and recycled as common-sense master-narratives across the discursive circuits
of established media and political debate. A real expansion of inclusive public space is one outcome
of this and introspection another. These tendencies expose boundaries in human relations, always constituted – contradictorily – as zones of exclusion which are always also points of contact. The UK
as a bounded and bordered territory, demonstrates that perceptions of (in)visibility, identity and belonging have real-world significance, and the importance of interrogating assumptions
underpinning them cannot be over-stated.
“With the impact of Covid-19 and the cultural sector facing unique challenges of our time it is with regret yet tethered with a sense of curiosity and excitement that Dr. Sarah Black- Frizell and myself
have made the decision to produce our conference, Our Dance Democracy 2 (ODD2), as an online
event for February 2021.” Karen Gallagher, Creative Director, KGA.
Keynote speakers included:
Professor Victor Merriman: Critical Performance Studies, Edge Hill University
Dr. Elena Marchevska: Senior lecturer in Drama and Performance, London South Bank University
Alexandrina Hemsley: Choreographer, dancer, writer and facilitator
Dylan Quinn: Artistic Director, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre
Papers and presentations by:
Professor Thomas F Defrantz Professor in the dance program and African and African American Studies department at Duke University
Sharon Watson DL Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Circadian Rosemary Lee
Unseen Designs, Bisakha Sarker
Kontrol, Patricia Carolin Mai
RED, Liz Lea
Supported by People Dancing, new for this year we are delighted to have Wendy Houstoun
as our Raconteur and she will consider what occurs throughout the sessions and deliver a
short 10 -15 minute wrap up each day.
To find out more about the conference visit:
Our Dance Democracy is made possible with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and is a collaboration between Karen Gallagher & Associates, Liverpool Hope University, and People Dancing . With additional support from South East Dance (co-presenting Liz Lea: RED) and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (supporting Patricia Carolin Mai: KONTROL).
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