IRL? – a symposium

24 Jan 2020

Hosted at Yorkshire Dance, and supported by Leeds Dance Partnership, IRL? – a symposium is an exciting day of cross-cultural exchange between UK and European dance artists, exploring the impact of social networks and digital culture on identity and creativity.

The symposium follows the UK Premiere of FORECASTING/Likes at Riley Theatre on Friday 7 February, a surreal and thought-provoking double bill of works by European artists Núria Guiu (Spain) and Giuseppe Chico/Barbara Matijević (Croatia) in which the digital merges with the corporeal.

The symposium is an opportunity for dance and arts professionals working in the UK to meet these European artists, to take part in workshops, watch research presentations and share their experiences. The day closes with a special commission by regional artist Lydia Cottrell.

The day includes:

Workshop with Núria Guiu: exploring the body in relation to inner and outer space, this practical workshop uses meditation and Yoga practice as a basis for dance. Núria has worked with the likes of Batsheva Dance Company and Jasmin Vardimon and has an interest in the links between Yoga, dance, meditation and anthropology. Her performance ‘Likes’ is a look at the value and presence of the body mediated by Youtube tutorials.

Presentation and discussion with Barbara Matijevic: One half of performance duo Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijević discusses her work FORECASTING, which examines the intersection between body and image as a performer interacts with a sequence of found footage playing on a laptop.

Like This, performance lecture by Lydia Cottrell: What does it take to have Influence? This lecture delves into the world of content creation, brand association and recreations of recreations. Discover how to take the perfect image for online consumption and how to stay true to yourself when reducing your life into a series of little squares.

  • Saturday 8 February, 11am-6pm
  • Yorkshire Dance, Leeds LS9 8AH
  • Tickets: £15 full day (inc lunch), £5 afternoon only
  • Limited places, booking essential

A limited number of bursaries are available for dance artists living and working in the North of England – please contact for more information.

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