Remembering British New Dance
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and Dance Historian Ramsay Burt from De Montfort University, presented a series of evening events, Remembering British New Dance, in London in June 2012. New Dance was originally the title of a British magazine covering innovative dance that was being ignored by rest of the dance press. Gradually it became a label for a range of experimental work.
New Dance and the Visual Arts
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Siobhan Davies Studios - Friday 1 June, 7.30-9.30pm
Guest panellists – Rose English, Gaby Agis and Amanda Prince-Lubawy
The opening event of the series Remembering British New Dance examined the relation between dance and visual art in the UK during the 1970s and 80s, revisiting a highly influential period of work. Many visual artists at that time, as feminist and art critic Lucy Lippard put it, were pursuing a process of dematerialising the art object, and some women in particular were turning to performance because, unlike conventional forms such as painting and sculpture, it was comparatively free of male dominance. At the same time, dance artists were expanding towards collaborative projects, multimedia performances, architecture and the visual arts, overlapping considerably with the performance art of the period.
New Dance and Feminism
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Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre - Thursday 7 June, 7-9pm
Guest panellists Emilyn Claid, Jacky Lansley and Vicki Igbokwe
British-based dancers began to explore new approaches to choreography, performance, and to the way dancers positioned themselves in relation to dance as an institution at a time when feminist ideas were being pushed to the forefront of public consciousness by the Women’s Liberation Movement.
New Dance and Somatics
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Chisenhale Dance Space - Wednesday 20 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Guest panellists Siobhan Davies, Miranda Tufnell and Antje Hildebrandt
Contact and exchange of artists and teachers between the US and UK during the 1970s and 1980s led to explorations by British-based dance artists of new ways of moving, particularly ones that encouraged a focus on sensitivity to somatic processes. These included (but were not restricted to) contact improvisation, release-based methods of movement exploration, Body Mind Centering, the Alexander technique, Tai Chi, and Aikido. This panel considered the different ways in which these explorations informed the work of British-based dancers and their practices.