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Our Dance Democracy 2

Free of charge online conference: Thursday 11 & Friday 12 Feb 2021

Building on the success of Our Dance Democracy in 2018, this free of charge two-day online conference will further the debate, extending the dialogue of how artists and academics interrogate the function of dance in the 21st Century.

In Our Dance Democracy 2 we propose dance and dancing, pedagogy and performance making, writing and critical discourses, as dynamic sites for critical thinking, progressive social intervention, civic engagement, ethics and activism – both established and emergent.

We announce a space for ethical action, beyond borders imposed on our creative worlds: a platform for artists to make visible, and test the viability of, ideas of equity and embodied principles of collective endeavour.

Our Dance Democracy 2 will be a two-day conference, dedicated to deliberating on the role of dance artists and scholars in ways including: Dance as cultural identity; Dance as protest and resistance; Dance as peace-building; Dancing uncertainty; Dancing Communities.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Victor Merriman - Professor of Critical Performance Studies, Edge Hill University;
  • Elena Marchevska - Associate Professor in Drama and Performance, London South Bank Univeristy;
  • Alexandrina Hemsley - Choreographer, dancer, writer and facilitator;
  • Dylan Quinn - Artistic Director, Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre.

Papers/presentations/Panelists include:

  • Paula Hampson - Artist and performer
  • Thomas F. DeFrantz - Professor: Performance|Culture|Technology, Duke North Carolina
  • Nora Chipaumire - Artist and performer
  • Nia Love - Assistant Professor Hunters College, NYC
  • Michael Douglans Kollektiv - Dance company, Cologne.

With raconteur: Wendy Houstoun.

Further information and bookings

Our Dance Democracy 2 is made possible through a collaboration between Karen Gallagher & Associates, Liverpool Hope University and People Dancing, with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants. Supported by People Dancing and Culture Liverpool.

Supporters and contributors

Recently Karen Gallagher (Karen Gallagher and Associates) and Dr. Sarah Black-Frizell (Liverpool Hope University) held a conversation with supporters and contributors of Our Dance Democracy 2:

Chris Stenton (People Dancing); Alicia Smith (Culture Liverpool) and opening keynote speaker Professor Victor Merriman (Edge Hill University) as part of save the date for the conference giving a brief insight to what to expect from the event and why they are involved.

The programme is supported Arts Council England through their National Lottery Project Grant.

Find out more about the first Our Dance Democracy conference held in November 2018

Animated magazine Spring/Summer 2019

In this edition of Animated we were thrilled to work with Liverpool Hope University (LHU) and Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) to bring you a special focus stemming from the first Our Dance Democracy conference, held in November 2018 as part of MDI’s Leap Festival, focused on dance, performance, culture and civic democracy.