A Conference Investigating Heritage Through Dance
a two-day conference investigating heritage through dance.
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.
The conference was addressed by Naseem Khan OBE, Judy Ling Wong CBE, Ranjit Sondhi CBE, Christopher Thompson, François Matarasso, Ken Bartlett, Donald Hutera, Bill Harpe, Shane Shambu and other distinguished artists and speakers. The proceedings were facilitated by the artistic director of Contact, John Mc Grath.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Internationally renowned company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance worked with young dancers from local groups the Greenhouse Project and a group of Bharata Natyam dancers training with Mira Balchandran Gokul in Southport, to create a piece exploring personal and genetic heritage through dance.
There was also a performance of a specially created piece "Spirit of Liverpool". This is a quote from performance:
The conference brought delegates together to share information and experience of heritage through debate, thought provoking lectures and inspiring dance performances.
The conference explored the following questions.
- What is the definition
A special attraction of the event was the European Premiere of Akram Khan and the National Ballet of China’s collaboration “BAHOK”, for which all conference delegates received a ticket. See here for more details.
The conference ended with English dancing and singing for all, lead by Joy & Eric Foxley.
See links at the left for abstracts and feedback, which will be added to as information is received.
The conference administration was by Aspire Trust Ltd Email Aspire Trust.
Further feedback and information welcome at any time by Eric Foxley.
Julie Cleves & Christian From
by Simon Richardson
Dancing for all
photo by Simon Richardson
English sword dancing by Matthew Arnold Primary School
Julie Cleves and Christian From
The Spirit of Liverpool
Some of Noelle Williamson's paintings