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Memory -
dance and dementia

The first national conference on dance and dementia.
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December 2010
at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

What a wonderful conference it was!
An evaluation by Liverpool John Moores University is now on-line here.

Chaturangan, in partnership with MDI and the Foundation for Community Dance, held the first national dance and dementia conference in Liverpool, with particular focus on the rôle of dance in the care of dementia.

This innovative conference was a multi-disciplinary arts event combining academic papers, keynote dances, presentations of art based research by leading practitioners and specially commissioned dance performances and films.The conference celebrated best practice in this field and brought together a diverse range of artists, health and medical professionals, care staff, biomedical researchers, arts organisations and friends and families of those living with dementia.

There is a growing interest in how the dance community can contribute to health and well-being especially of those with mental health problems such as memory loss. The Department of Health's National Dementia Strategy (2009) places a central focus on destigmatising dementia, raising awareness, supporting carers, and training and developing care staff.


Transition -
Dance and Heritage

transition was a two-day conference investigating heritage through dance.
It was held in partnership with sampad and the National Museum of Liverpool
on 7th and 8th March 2008 at the World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN .

Bisakha Sarker, Artistic Director of Chaturangan, presented a full programme of events with thought provoking lectures and challenging debates. Taking dance as its focal point this two day conference explored and examined what heritage means in today's society.

A different tune or the same old song?

Following in the tradition of highly successful and innovative national conferences on the issues facing contemporary dance, Chaturangan arranged a seminar. This is entitled "A Different Tune or the Same old Song?", a national seminar on cultural diversity and the use of new technology in children’s dance theatre. It was held in The Box, FACT, Wood St., Liverpool L1 4DQ on Monday 15 June from 10am – 4pm


Marks of Time -
Dance and Ageing

An international conference on Dance and Ageing

The Marks of Time conference took place in Liverpool on 12th and 13th January 2007 and was inspired by the decision by Liverpool Culture Company to designate 2006 as "Year of Performance"as part of the build-up to the Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

Marks of Time looked at the issues of dance beyond youth and athletic bodies from three perspectives

  • How dance can be used within the voluntary and charity sector to aid ‘well ageing’
  • How professional dance practice by mature performers can be sustained and developed
  • How best practice can be nurtured within the community groups of senior citizens

Marks of Time brought dance practitioners, charity and voluntary workers, local authority staff with older people remit, pensioners, community groups and carers together to share models of good practice, debate and exchange ideas. Marks of Time offered inspiring speeches and engaging debates by leading exponents in the field, presentations, dance workshops and a time to network. Marks of Time featured an excerpt from Body of Experience, a dance performance celebrating mature performers. Body of Experience was co-commissioned by Chaturangan and is currently touring nationally.


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