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Carol (Kavina) Pound | Waiting , Relating and Coordinating 2. Two figures wear coordinated patterned clothing in shades of brown and green as they dance. One figure is facing the camera, smiling as they twirl and reach their arm to the sky and the other figure does the same, facing away from the camera.

Freestyler’s Everybody With Me, Always, 2021 | Image: Brian Hartley, Performers: Carol Pound and Bethany Pound Green.

Live Archive: Waiting, Relating and Coordinating Sat 24 Feb 2024, 5pm - 9pm

An evening of performance and conversation, presenting the inspirational journey of Kavina Pound: from bedroom dancer to Southbank Centre performer.

“I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that they can’t dance, and it always makes me smile. I can remember being one of those people and yet, here I am today.”

Kavina Pound is a dance artist with dyspraxia and arthritis, who entered the profession late in life. This Live Archive is based on her monograph Waiting, Relating, and Coordinating, from 2017, which describes how her journey in dance has been one almighty battle. It’s also a story of personal transformation. Kavina will describe how dance has developed her patience, improved her coordination, increased her social skills, and taken her to stages across the UK.

In addition to the presentation of her monograph, the evening will include a dance performance and discussion. An improvised movement score will present memories and fragments of solos and duets from Kavina’s dance career. This will be followed by a conversation between Kavina and long term collaborators Ellis Legg and Roland Carline, after which we will open out to questions from the audience.

This event is part of Artist Archive, a programme that questions what an archive can be and who gets to have one.


In the Roof Studio and Library


Tickets 

General: £5
Bursary: £3
Pay-it-forward: £10


This event will be BSL interpreted by Samuel Rojas.

This is a relaxed event. Audiences are free to enter and leave throughout.

There will be a designated Quiet Space in the building.

This event will touch on themes of medical diagnosis and discrimination.

Credits

Project Support: Beth Pound Green
Conversation Collaborators: Ellis Legg and Roland Carline 
Access Support: Hattie Harding

Special thanks to the staff and students at The Dorset School and The London School of Biodanza, Gita Sootarsing, Guida Gama, Roly and all the Freestylers, Gemma and all the team from SLIDE, Corali, Luca Silvestrini and Protein, my two children Beth and Garry and everyone at SDS and Independent Dance. Thank you also to all the friends and colleagues at Stopgap, Candoco, Access all Areas and the staff at People Dancing, who have always been encouraging.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carol (Kavina) Pound

Carol (Kavina) Pound is a dance artist and the co-creator of Danzability with her daughter Bethany. She uses her experience to inspire others and has spoken about her dance journey at various disability and well-being events. Kavina is a regular dancer with Freestylers and works freelance with SLIDE. She is also a Biodanza teacher, running a monthly class in Greenwich, and is a volunteer on the committee for Biodanza Association UK.


ACCESS AND AMENITIES AT SDS

Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets 
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave

* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.