Delving into Dance
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“Dance is an embodied space, it is a visual space, it’s a sensual space and I just have such a strong desire for the audience to be in their bodies as well as the performers and for them not to be sitting in a black box as if they are watching television, in their heads thinking about things, analysing.”
“I am a huge feminist, so there was something about the strength of the females going on pointe, that really interested me, I like that there was strength beyond the beauty.”
Image by Tristan Jalleh Justin Shoulder is a performance-based artist, whose work cuts across performance, sculpture, dance and video. His performance work was born in the queer club scene, and has found a home in theatres and gallery spaces. Justin cites his experiences at Club Kooky and Club 77 as incredibly influential. The clubs became an escape from his job at the time, which involved editing photos. Justin’s work explores queer narratives that often connect with intercultural,...
“What is very specific about dance is that our profession is directly linked to our body and that invites a blurring of the private and the professional, that can often be sort of liberating, but it deviates away from a certain norm of how we think about our bodies. But I think it can also be very confusing and problematic, especially because, we have been trained in education to push our boundaries - so to talk about boundaries is a very interesting conversation”.
“We need to work harder to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to make that work”
Judith Mackrell has had an incredible career as a dance critic and as a writer. When it comes to dance, particularly in the UK, Judith’s expertise, knowledge and commentary is cherished. Judith studied a degree in English Literature at University, and was exploring life as an academic when things started to shift. Dance has since become an incredible passion. Judith started writing for The Observer and now writes for the Guardian UK. She has authored the books 'Bloomsbury Ballerina', '...
Mirjam Sögner & Renae Shadler
Dance, as with most performance art forms, often relies heavily on strong collaborations; a synergy between movement and music, choreography and the body, lighting and sound.
“With dance it sort of felt right, I felt I could be myself and express myself, when I was dancing.”
“I have committed to rest of my dancing life, to making dance as inclusive as possible because my experience was very welcoming.”
“The biggest role of being a curator is to be a storyteller, because ultimately you want to invite people in and share something that you think is wonderful with an audience.”