Reflections

Black British Ballet project

Black British Ballet project

So excited to see this project that Dr Sandie Bourne has been working on with her team for a number of years. Their website is launched. It has interviews with lots of dancers, many old friends and colleagues. 

Here is the link 

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SPLASH! R&D

SPLASH! R&D

We have just finished final R&D for DancingStrong Movement Lab’s Gallery interactive work for young audiences  – SPLASH!. We were able to finish the work and have some performances with support from  an Arts Council Grant. It has been really fun making SPLASH! which draw on all our workshops dancing at the River Thames and drawing with Andrew and Mary. It was also informed by different experiences celebrating Global water Dances over the few years. SPLASH! is scheduled to start touring in the new year (2024). 

dancer with arm out and projection of arm on wall
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Archiving with Bare Feet: archiving the performance work ‘Truth & Transparency’ – Siobhan Davies Studios

Archiving with Bare Feet: archiving the performance work ‘Truth & Transparency’ – Siobhan Davies Studios

 This project involves me archiving a work I created in 2007. It is part of a programme designed by Siobhan Davies Studios that explores archiving, whose work is archived and how we archive dance. 

I will be archiving ‘Truth & Transparency’ (2007) is a performance work for three: two performers and one dancer manipulating an image projected onto the performance space using a mirror. The work was inspired by Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ and my reflections on bringing-up my own children at the time. The original piece researched Step and Crumping dance forms and foreshadowed new technology using projection in real-time to manipulate the audience’s perception of dancers and space.

Link to Siobhan Davies Studios further information: https://www.siobhandavies.com/artist-archive/23-24/

Archiving with Bare Feet: archiving the performance work ‘Truth & Transparency’ (2023)

An interactive digital archive using original footage and the creation of a responding new work. The original 2007 work manipulated projected images onto live dancers inspired by Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’, the work of Olafur Eliuasson , and Ingo Maurer as well as my experiences as a mother of two Black youth living in the UK. The original piece foreshadowed new technology using projection in real-time. This was to manipulate the audience’s perception of dancers and the space in order to investigate how identity is projected onto Black youth.

With new online technology and my young children now in their late 20s, the ‘archiving’ process takes the form of a new choreographic response to the first work reflecting the precarity of safety for Black identities in the UK 15 years on. The digital space will include both first and second renditions of the piece along with interactive choreographic prompts for visitors to the site. The site will hosted by Siobhan Davis Dance for two years. The project asks: what it mean to archive outside the mainstream canon? How do Western dance archiving traditions render Black dancing bodies visible and un-visible?

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Ivor Guest Research Grant Recipient 2022 Society For Dance Research

Ivor Guest Research Grant Recipient 2022 Society For Dance Research

I was so honoured to be a recipient of the Ivor Guest Research Grant from the Society for Dance Research grant in 2022. It allowed me to do some pilot choreographic studies at the Immersion Lab. MIT towards the Space+Dance+Digital (S+D2) Augmented Reality (AR)  project that is in development. 

I talked about this project in IMMERSED IN: contemporary dance in September 2022. 

I have been asking – What does it mean artistically and politically for dance to take advantage of the boundary between physical and digital space?

In the Immersion Lab, I have  been tracking movement in space without capturing the dancer’s body shape. This creates an artwork of ‘movement’ without many of the social and political constructs that seeing the body that is producing the movement would impose on the meaning of the movement. This work also allows the AR audience member to step into the movement, be present in and contribute to the choreography. This research explores collaborative place-making and new ways of artistic and political togetherness through the digital and the dance space.

The Society for Dance research writes: ‘S+D2 is a dance project creating choreography accessed through the immersive digital platform of AR. AR allows the performance experience to be shared and responded to by people digitally coming together across geographic, political, language and social barriers. Part of the research impetus is to ask what does it mean artistically for dance to take advantage of the physical boundary crossing of digital space? The project develops preliminary research by Akinleye and Preciado-Azanza’ 

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PILOT III – Rights, Care and Future

PILOT III – Rights, Care and Future

I really enjoyed workshopping and discussing with members of PILOT last month. PILOT is an online course for artists and creative people to pursue arts and learning differently, through issues of rights, care and future. Now in its third year, PILOT is an intergenerational learning space for collective exchange and individual mentoring, bringing together practitioners from different places and walks of life.

The course is led by Ali Eisa and Alberto Duman. You can read more about it here https://autograph.org.uk/events/pilot-iii-rights-care-and-future

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‘Altogether’ podcast recording (Nov 22)

‘Altogether’ podcast recording (Nov 22)
‘This year, the 4th Cohort of New Architecture Writers, hosted a live broadcast event inspired by pirate radio, a radical part of multicultural London, exploring spatial injustice and environmental racism. In this segment, New Architecture Writer Mahika Gautam speaks to Dr Adesola Akinleye about dance, architecture, and climate justice.
 
New Architecture Writers is a free programme for emerging design writers, developing the journalistic skill, editorial connections and critical voice of its participants. N.A.W. focuses on people of colour who are under-represented across design journalism and curation. A series of evening workshops, talks, and writing briefs form the core of N.A.W.’s programme with one-to-one mentoring from experienced design critics and editors throughout. New Architecture Writers was founded in 2017 by Phineas Harper and Tom Wilkinson with the Architecture Foundation and Architectural Review.’ 
 
Below is the podcast edited by Mahika Gautam. It was live streamed on November 2nd 2022 
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reflection on attention

reflection on attention
photo of a drawing and notes

Ten philosophers and ten dancers walk into a room in London…

Curated by Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca and Heni Hale, on November 29th and 30th 2019, we came together at ID to share a series of workshops and discussions that focused around the notion of attention: ‘On Attention: A Performance Philosophy Workshop’. The event resonated with and addressed how we pay attention to each other – how do we share practices and across practices? How do interdisciplinary approaches make spaces for the multiple threads that different practices offer an idea?

I wrote a reflection on this event for the whole post please click this Link 

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joyful ballet class music

joyful ballet class music

Music

This is the music Brittany Padilla worked with me to create for ballet at TWU. Brittany plays live for the class her she has recorded them so students can practice with the same atmosphere as the class. We are using protest songs. Some tempos etc have been adapted in order to fit the ballet class they go along with. 

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first thoughts

first thoughts

Welcome to Reflections: my space for ideas, thoughts, works in progress – a blog for sharing and airing general and/or specific contemplations, considerations and speculations…

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