Dance & the Outdoors Symposium – a two day digital conference

4 Jun 2021

Urban Bodies, Willi Dorner – Photo by Lisa Rastl

Responding to the specific challenges brought on by the pandemic, 101 Outdoor Arts and The Place, in partnership with DanceXchange producers of Birmingham International Dance Festival, have joined forces to host Dance & The Outdoors symposium, a two day digital conference to shine a spotlight on the wealth of outdoor dance practice and explore how this distinctive yet diverse field is contributing to the development of dance – bringing new audiences, new approaches and creating interventions that transform and disrupt our relationship with the world around us.

This symposium includes keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive workshops and is aimed at dance and outdoor performance professionals, students and recent graduates.

With insights from speakers such as Rosemary Lee, Luca Silvestrini, Jeanefer Jean Charles, Satchie Noro, Stopgap and many more, the symposium will look at a range of practice in locations from urban to rural and in contexts that cover touring to site-specific to participant-led.

The event is FREE but booking is essential via the Birmingham International Dance Festival Website

Full Programme:

Welcome from The Place, 101 & Birmingham International Dance Festival
10.00-10.10, 8 June 2021 

Keynote by Rosemary Lee
Drawing on her own practice of making work specifically for sites and communities, Rosemary Lee will reflect on the considerable delights and challenges of working outdoors.
10:10-11:00, 8 June 2021 

The politics & poetics of dancing outdoors
Charlotte Spencer, Botis Seva, Stop Gap’s Sho Shibata and Anne Le Batard of Ex Nihilo explore the political resonance of the moving body in outdoor environments in a discussion chaired by Sanjoy Roy.
11:10-12:20, 8 June 2021 

Community, co-curation and collaboration
Protein Dance’s Luca Silvestrini, Marva Antoine from Tropical Isles, Suba Subramaniam and Jeanefer Jean-Charles share moments of joy within their practice, and explore some of the challenges & questions that arise; chaired by Rosemary Lee.
1:10-2:20, 8 June 2021 

A creative warm-up with Alleyne Dance
10.00-10.10, 9 June 2021

Scenography & architecture in outdoor dance
Frauke Requardt, Satchie Noro and Willi Dorner discuss how as artists they use the city as their set, and how work can subvert and play with the structures around us; chaired by and featuring a morning warm-up with Alleyne Dance.
10:10-11:20, 9 June 2021 

Digital play & exploration in outdoor dance
An exploration in the meeting points between different digital practice and creating outdoor art, with Kwesi Johnson, Coda Dance’s Nikki Watson and Laura Kriefman, chaired by Donna Close.
11:30-12:40, 9 June 2021 

Closing event with Rosemary Lee and Digital Scribing by Temujen Gunawardena
12.50-1.30, 9 June 2021