Award-winning performer will work with students on her new international project

Award-winning performing artist and conflict specialist Dana Caspersen will run a workshop with Roehampton Dance students, and work with them to explore her new project Violence: Recode.

Posted: 18 May 2015

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Dana Caspersen, Photo Credit: Dominik Mentzos
Caspersen, author of Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution by Penguin Books, is coming from Frankfurt to speak at TEDx Hackney Women, where she will talk about her recent work. While in London she will also lead a workshop with Roehampton students, staff and alumni.At Roehampton, workshop participants will be part of creating the next stage in Caspersen’s ongoing choreographic public dialogue project Violence : Recode. They will get hands-on experience of her unique approach using choreographic thinking to create public dialogue processes. Caspersen views the process of choreographing as one of organising ideas physically. Her series of choreographic public dialogues engage participants on topics such as immigration and violence, using simple, physical motion set in a choreographic framework as a means to communicate on beliefs and experience.

About her visit to Roehampton Dance, Caspersen said: “I’m thrilled to have the chance to work on this next phase of Violence : Recode with the Roehampton community. These projects are always the product of many minds. Gathering a group of physical thinkers to consider which choreographic strategies might enable transformative dialogue on the vital topic of violence will be fascinating.”

The Violence : Recode project is being developed in cooperation with communities throughout the world, and utilises physical postures to illuminate ways in which individuals shape and are shaped by systems of structural violence, such as racism or sexism. This project is being developed with international partners, and the next series of Violence: Recode events will take place in Dresden, Frankfurt, London, Boston, and Tel Aviv.

Event details:
The workshop with Dana Caspersen will take place on campus on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May, 10am-1pm.

To book: The workshop is open to Roehampton students and staff. Those who are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Tamara Tomic-Vajagic to book your space.

Dana Caspersen has been a creator and performer in the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company for the last 27 years. Since completing a master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Mediation, Dana has worked as a conflict mediator and coach, and has developed and offered conflict workshops and choreographic public dialogue projects internationally.

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