Rethinking the past to reimagine the future’

Re:generations 2014 Conference

Tabanka Crew at Re:generations 2014, Pavillion Dance South West Photo - © Foteini Christofilopoulou

Tabanka Crew at Re:generations 2014,
Pavillion Dance South West Photo – © Foteini Christofilopoulou

Building on the success of the previous two conferences, Re:generations 2014 held a central theme of ‘Rethinking the past to reimagine the future’. Its starting point was the realisation that dance practices that have significance today are grounded in histories of a range of dance forms and the histories of the dance practitioners and companies that have used and developed them. The better we understand these histories, the more we are able to understand and foster the potential for future developments in African diasporic forms, as well as in forms like ballet and contemporary dance that sometimes themselves owe unacknowledged debts to Africa. The 2014 conference facilitated discussion and debate about this in order to build a positive future for the development of new dance talent in the UK.

In addition to these opportunities to discuss current issues, ideas and concerns, the conference included sessions that shared information about different career structures and pathways that are available for dance artists today such as portfolio careers, and new business models for dancers working within the sector. Arts administrative professionals, independent business professionals/social enterprise and representatives from funding bodies were invited to deliver presentations in their area of expertise, which were followed by structured networking opportunities for the sharing of information and experience. In line with current trends in cultural policy, there was also a focus on collaborative partnerships for co-creating the future.

Hosted by Pavilion Dance South West, this conference was delivered by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), IRIE! dance theatre and De Montfort University. The conference keynote address was delivered by Zab Maboungou, Choreographer / Dancer / Director of Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata and Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Other Contributing Artists and Practitioners included: Abdul Kinyenya, Dr. Adesola Akinleye, Akosua Boakye, Alesandra Seutin, Ann Williams of Dallas Black Dance Theatre (USA), Ballet Nimba, Beverley Glean, Camille A Brown, Christy Adair, Claudia Brazzale, Denise Rowe, Deryck Newland, Diana Zvjagintseva, Farooq Chaudhry, Fern Potter, Francis Angol, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Funmi Adewole, Ghislaine Dote, H Patten, Hakeem Onibudo, IRIE! dance theatre, Jackie Guy MBE, Dr. Jane Carr, Jean Johnson Jones, Jeanette Bain-Burnett, Jonzi D, Judith Palmer, Junior Jones, Kemi Durosinmi, Laura Griffiths, Marie McCluskey, Mark Elie, Maxine Brown, Mesi Walton, Namron Yarrum OBE, Niama Sandy, Pat Noxolo, Patrick Parson, Ramsay Burt, Robert Solomon (Germany), Ruth Asidi, Sabine Sorgel, Sandie Bourne, Sharon Watson (Keynote address), Shira Hess, Steven Brett, Tabanka Dance Ensemble, Tabu Flo, Thea Barnes, Thomas Presto, Vivine Scarlett of Dance Immersion (Canada), Yassmin Foster, Zab Maboungou (Keynote address)

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