A different perspective #2

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and on Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the second of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. It comes from Doug Hooker, a contemporary dancer and rehearsal director currently based in Minneapolis. Continue reading “A different perspective #2”

A different perspective

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the first of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. Our first featured choreographer is Andrew Pearson – L.A. based choreographer and dancer. Continue reading “A different perspective”

Why focus on female choreographers?

Women were the founding mothers of modern dance and well into the 1980s women lead the development of modern and post-modern dance. A New York Times article by eminent dance writer Roger Copeland in 1980 gives a good introduction to the domination of women in the modern and post-modern dance world.

Contemporary dance on the contrary seems to be dominated, not in quality and quantity, but in publicity and popularity, by male choreographers. Continue reading “Why focus on female choreographers?”

Advice and assurance: an interview with MonixArts’ Monica Nicolaides

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Monica Nicolaides. Photographer: Teresa Wilson (2015)

Monica Nicolaides very generously shared her time and experience with us as a guest speaker at our most recent professional development meeting about Grants for the Arts at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios. You will be able to read up on it soon. We asked her about her projects, how she works, and if she could give any final advice for those wanting to progress as choreographers.

You can read all about MonixArts here. Scroll down and you will also find their contact details and links to Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and Instagram and more ways to keep up to date with MonixArts.

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What are your stories? What drives you?

Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’

The first post in this new series is a reaction to Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’ from March 2007 in which she “discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion” (Ted Talks). Please find the video and transcript by clicking on this link: https://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion

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Feminism, Kaleidoscopic Arts and our place in this world

Beginning a new blog series

As the runners of Kaleidoscopic Arts we are of course feminists. Do we believe that there is systematic sexism at work in the British or the wider dance world? Do we believe some individuals intentionally try not to have women empowered within the dance world? The truth is we don’t know. We might like to know, but what we think really matters is this:

Do we see women’s perspectives and stories or not? Do we see them enough or not?

The answers to those questions are more or less “no, we don’t – sometimes we see them a little bit” and that’s not good enough for us, so we think there is a problem.

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