Dance, Architecture and Engineering (Dance in Dialogue)

This book was born from a year of exchanges of movement ideas generated in cross-practice conversations and workshops with dancers, musicians, architects and engineers. There is a prioritizing of how embodied knowledges across dance, architecture and engineering can contribute to decolonizing the production of Place. <blockquote>April 2021</blockquote> <a href="https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/dance-architecture-and-engineering-9781350185210/">Visit the Publisher</a>
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Written by Adesola Akinleye – April 2021

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This book was born from a year of exchanges of movement ideas generated in cross-practice conversations and workshops with dancers, musicians, architects and engineers. Events took place at key cultural institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and The Lowry, Salford, as well as on-site at architectural firms and on the streets of London. The author engages with dance’s offer of perspectives on being in place: how the ‘ordinary person’ is facilitated in experiencing the dance of the city, while also looking at shared cross-practice understandings in and about the body, weight and rhythm. There is a prioritizing of how embodied knowledges across dance, architecture and engineering can contribute to decolonizing the production of place – in particular, how dance and city-making cultures engage with female bodies and non-white bodies in today’s era of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. Akinleye concludes in response conversations about ideas raised in the book with John Bingham-Hall, Liz Lerman, Dianne McIntyer and Richard Sennett. The book is a fascinating resource for those drawn to spatial practices from dance to design to construction.

“This book's graceful articulation and detail enriches our understanding of dance. Akinleye's curiosity, expertise and sensibilities as a dancer and choreographer flow through her writing. I love the different tones of theory, experiential, description and conversation that she uses to paint a portrait of the making process. A fascinating and inspiring read.”
Rosemary Lee,
choreographer
“This brilliant book brings together seemingly unconnected subjects, and conducts an exciting exploration of how our bodies experience movement and space in these contrasting contexts. It has made me think deeply about my own person and how I interact on a micro and macro scale with the world around me.”
Roma Agrawal MBE,
Engineer and Author of BUILT

Related to this publication:

Morning Conversations at MIT podcast series

This set of eight podcasts were created as part of my residency at MIT. They can introduce or accompany the book as we discuss ideas introduced in the book with inspirational artists and scholars across a range of practices. 

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BFA DANCE DIALOGUES (2021)
Tuesday, June 15, 20217:00 PM
Thursday, June 24, 20217:30 PM

Instagram Live conversations hosted by choreographer and artist-scholar Dr Adesola Akinleye with BFA Members. Topics include using movement as a black woman to claim space or express yourself, being in transit, making black spaces or decolonial spaces and more!

 

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