Keynote Opening Speech with Q&A
Monday 14, July 18.45-20.00
Keynote opening speech by Dr Sara Houston, Principal Lecturer, Department of Dance, Roehampton University followed by Chris Matthews and Amaara Raheem in conversation with Dr Houston and a Q and A.
Dr Houston will introduce the Artist as Nomad project.
Artist as Nomad project conception
Examining notions of travel, work, home, movement, independence and inter-dependence, Artist as Nomad brings together film, live performances and talks by Christopher Matthews, Amaara Raheem and Dr. Sara Houston.
Artist as Nomad began with a series of residencies at the University of Roehampton in London’s Department of Dance, which invited emerging artists to consider the nature of mobility, cultural cartography, creative citizenship and what to pack when making work on the road.
A year-long journey into mobility culminates in a series of actions, gestures, words, recorded images, sound and text in a playful and insightful week of dance-art presented at Asia House.
Dr. Sara Houston speaks internationally on community dance and political issues. Dr Houston focuses on the skills and issues connected with delivering dance in community settings, as well as guiding students through sociological, aesthetic and political theories applied to dance. She is particularly interested in dance for people who feel marginalised in society.
Dr Houston trained at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was awarded her PhD by the University of Roehampton in 2002. It examined the relationships between community dance and the New Labour discourse. Her current prize-winning research project (2010 – 2014) centres on the impact of dancing for those living with Parkinson’s and has been commissioned by English National Ballet. She was awarded the Bupa Foundation’s Vitality for Life Prize for her research into how dance helps alleviate the effects of Parkinson’s in 2011. She is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Community Dance.
Christopher Matthews (choreographer and video artist) is an American choreographer and artist based in London with a background as a dancer, performance artist, photographer, video artist, teacher and choreographer for commercial television. His practice includes creating site-specific improvisations for video, exploring modes of connectivity between body and the environment. Although his dance training is rooted in ballet and commercial dance, he has worked with a range of artists such as Xavier le Roy, Tino Seghal, Simon Forti and Yvonne Rainer who create experimental dance art works.
Amaara Raheem (choreographer, writer and performer) is a Sri Lankan-born Australian dance artist living and working in Britain. Her work embodies multi-layered experiences of inbetweenness and she investigates ways of living in relationship to space / place. Her relationship to place is on the one hand rickety and disposable, and on the other, compulsive and demanding, and it is through this lens that Amaara investigates and articulates how we live.
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