Dance, Covid-19 and Brexit: Perspectives, Challenges, Solutions

At this event, we will share the findings of a research project that was developed over the last year, entitled Dancing Through Crises. This project, led by Alexandra Kolb (Professor of Dance at Roehampton University, London) and Nicole Haitzinger (Professor of Dance and Theatre at Salzburg University Austria) assessed the direct impacts of COVID-19 and Brexit on freelance dance artists. It has sought to lend a voice to freelancers – as well as national institutions and organisations employing or otherwise interacting with freelance practitioners – to raise awareness and offer a tailored approach to policy making with a view to maintaining and increasing diversity in UK dance. 

This event will be divided in two parts: 

1.Overview of the findings of the research project, presented by Alexandra Kolb and Nicole Haitzinger

2. Roundtable discussion with:

  • Sir Alistair Spalding (Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells)
  • Farooq Chaudhry OBE (co-founder of the Akram Khan Company)
  • Luke Pollard MP (Labour, Shadow Minister & Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Dance Group)
  • Louise Kelsey (Independent Dance Artist)
  • Lyndsey Winship (Arts Journalist and The Guardian’s dance critic) 
  • Barbara Gesler (European Commission and Directorate for Education & Culture)
  • Adam Moore (Independent Artist and Choreographer)

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard (Vice-Chancellor, University of Roehampton).

This event is relevant for dance and arts professionals, policy makers, managers, national institutions and organisations interacting with freelance practitioners and academics who are interested in gaining insights into the experiences and challenges of dance artists as a result of COVID-19 and Brexit.

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