The Thinking Body: Residency sharing and talk with Vera Mantero

22 April 2017, 17.30
Michaelis Theatre, Froebel Campus, University of Roehampton, London SW15 5PJ
Free, all welcome, no need to book

This sharing is the culmination of choreographer Vera Mantero’s five-day residency, ‘The Thinking Body’, at Roehampton Dance (18-22 April 2017). The evening will involve practical sharing of materials from the workshop by the participants and a talk by Mantero in conversation with dance artist Charlie Ashwell. Mantero will discuss her current artistic concerns as explored through the residency as well as give an insight into the development of her work over time.

Vera Mantero is an internationally renowned Portuguese dance maker who has presented her work all over Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and the USA. Her recent work The Clean and The Dirty, premiered in April 2016 at the Maria Matos Theatre in the framework of the cycle The Three Ecologies. It reflects her concern for fundamental issues such as the environment, economic sustainability, social cohesion and inclusion, and citizenship. Mantero participates regularly in international improvisation projects alongside improvisers and choreographers such as Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart and Steve Paxton. Since 2000, Mantero has also been exploring vocal work, either singing the repertoire of different authors or co-creating experimental music projects. Mantero was invited by Boris Charmatz to be part of ‘20 Dancers for the 20th Century’, a living archive of the defining choreographic solos of the 20th century, which took place at Tate Modern (London) and at the Paris Opera/Palais Garnier in 2015. More: www.orumodofumo.com; http://roehamptondance.com/cdr-events/; http://roehamptondance.com/cdr-events/vera-mantero-thinking-body-workshop/


Conference — Dance Fields: Staking A Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century

19-22 April 2017
Elm Grove Conference Centre, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH
Booking required

A conference convened by Centre for Dance Research (CDR), University of Roehampton; Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University. The conference offers the blurring of boundaries between scholarly, writerly and material based artistic practices; emergent discourses between and across disciplines. New forms of collaborative and collective working will be emphasised and explored via mixed modes of enquiry, presentation, participation and dialogue. By asking, ‘Where are we now?’ The conference will focus on strategic issues and questions pertaining to the UK socio-political landscape, whilst acknowledging the importance of the European and international dimensions as practices cannot be contained within any specific country-based framework.

Go to the Dance Fields Conference website for further information and registration: dancefields.org


Annual Events

Centre for Dance Research's Events Programme
The Centre offers a series of research seminars and other events during the year.

Dance Festival (May)
Third-year BA dance students curate an annual six-day festival at the University of Roehampton.

Postgraduate Symposium (Spring)
Dance PhD students organise a one-day symposium at the University of Roehampton.