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29 March 2023 - 30 March 2023
Our Dance Democracy 3
Location: Liverpool & Ormskirk
Timings: Full days
Our Dance Democracy conference returns as artists and academics meet live and online. Karen Gallagher MBE, Karen Gallagher and Associates( KGA)and Dr. Sarah Black-Frizell (Liverpool Hope University) present Our Dance Democracy 3: Courageous Conversations Positively Democratising Narratives

29 March at Liverpool Hope University and 30 March at Edge Hill University.

The role of dance, performance and heritage practices that explore expansive understanding of human experiences, that speak to an equity of belonging, and champion diversity and identity politics. In this event, we would like to encourage the power of Courageous Conversations and at the same time advocate a safe and transformative space.

Building on the success of Our Dance Democracy (ODD) in 2021, which due to the pandemic was an online experience, this conference will further the debate, extending the dialogue of how artists and academics interrogate the function of dance, culture and heritage in the 21st Century.

Our Dance Democracy 3 will explore dance and performance practices under the auspice of globalisation that have increased global and intersectional discourse in art making practices, and as such has powerfully contextualised the systemic and institutionalised effects of Global majorities, Gender, Disability, Racial injustices, Maternal in the art making sectors.


“With the impact of Covid-19 what we learned in creating the event online is that some artists have been marginalised and made invisible through a lack of opportunity to be seen at live events. Dr. Sarah Black- Frizell and myself have made the decision to produce our conference, Our Dance Democracy 3 (ODD3), as a hybrid event for March 2023 to encourage environmental access and international contribution.” Karen Gallagher, Creative Director, Karen Gallagher Associates (KGA).

Keynote speakers:

  • Khanyisile Mbongwa Curator, Artist and PhD candidate at the Institute for Create Arts, University of Cape Town
  • Hanna Cormick, Physical artist and performer
  • Professor Christopher Bannerman with Dr. Funmi Adewole Elliot
  • Professor Thomas F Defrantz

Papers and presentations by:

  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
  • Professor Victoria Hunter
  • Alexandrina Hemsley
  • Nina Edge
  • Kiara Mohamed Amin
  • Dr. Angela Viorja
  • Tammi Gissell
  • Sandie Fisher
  • Valerie Uchechukwu Ebuwa and Douglas Bateman
  • Chevon Edwards and Jenny Rees
  • British Black Ballet

Raconteur: Wendy Houstoun 


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Our Dance Democracy is made possible through a partnership approach with KGA, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University and People Dancing.