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Modes of Capture Symposium 2021

May 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - May 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021

Decolonising Structures, Thinking and Embodiment

Located in Ireland, where bodies have only in recent years unravelled processes of colonisation by church and state, the conference invites investigations from an Irish and international perspective. We ask how colonial thinking influences the formation of dancers and dance practice. We question what counts as archival material and whether bodily expression can be understood as testimony when the ‘bodies of evidence’ are missing. This theme resonates with current international calls to decolonise dance studies and to allow the expression of multiple narratives and minoritised positions on creative dancemaking processes. Curators Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman, have brought together a group of remarkable local and international academics, dance artists, practitioners and scholars for the event, who will be sharing their work through a series of recorded presentations, live-streamed discussions, workshops and performances.

Keynote SpeakerDr Prarthana Purkayastha, Senior Lecturer in Dance at Royal Holloway University of London

Featured Speakers/Presenters include:

Qudus Onikeku (Film and Q&A)
Dr Fearghus O’Conchuir (Presentation)
Gilles Jobin (Presentation)
Charles Koroneho (Workshop)
Lucia Kickham (Performance)

There is also a performance being live streamed from the Irish World Academy on Saturday the 22nd of May. 

Lucia Kickham will present her new work, Middle End Beginning. Commissioned by Liz Roche Company with support from an Arts Council Commission Award, this work explores shifting perspectives and collective management of space. It is a solo dance performance that is in a real-time conversation with collaborators that will include a lighting designer, sound designer, dance writer and observing dance artist. Lucia Kickham is Liz Roche Company’s Associate Dance Artist 2019 – 2021.

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May 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
May 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm