Date & Time
2 - 3 Nov 2018
Liverpool Hope University
Charlotte Vincent Keynote at LEAP Conference
LEAP Dance Festival 2018 presents:
Our Dance Democracy: Dance, Performance, Culture and Civic Democracy
Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) and Liverpool Hope University 2nd and 3rdNovember 2018.
Artists and academics have long been pioneers in contributing and disseminating the critical discourse of our society. For many years, they have borne witness to political events, social customs and the agenda of the day. They have pondered, questioned and revealed us back to ourselves. Whether they are always aware of it or not, the artist and academic in society are political.
Our Dance Democracy will focus on dance and performance as the main discipline, the interrogation of a socially engaged practice to confront the topic of democracy and civic responsibility through the arts and academia. This event will also explore the question of what it means to be democratic in 21st Century and in an ever-changing world, for both artists, academics and the wider community. This conference supports the theme of LEAP Dance Festival 2018 which celebrates female artists and the power for transformation in contributing to dance practice and its engagement in communities.
Using the commemoration of 100 years since some women won the right to vote in the UK as a starting point, we want to consider the impact of how creating equity beyond equality can enable us to explore our place in the world. As we all face the fallout from Brexit, it is ever more important that we remain connected through culture, and consider how what we do together can have a positive impact for our people and our global society.