Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 18:00-19:30 

University of Roehampton, room tbc 

CDR research seminar | Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

Victoria Phillips will be talking about her forthcoming book Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, which examines Graham’s enduring influence as a female ambassador who performed American freedoms with modernism in dance on the global Cold War stage. 

Dr Victoria Phillips is a Lecturer in History at the European Institute, Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, and director of the Cold War Archival Research project. In 2018-2019 she will teach at the London School of Economics as a Visiting Fellow. She specializes in cold war history and cultural diplomacy. Her book, Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2019), explores the international political work of Martha Graham and her company. 


Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 19:30 

Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios 

A Crossing Borders talk | Maintaining spectactular non-progress | Heni Hale, Marina Collard and Nicola Conibere 

Discussions about time, waste, visibility and cleaning, following two very different projects. 

Marina and Heni question how the mundane everyday maintenance of our lives can become reframed within a practice of artistic enquiry. They discuss Dream Clean Clean Dream focussing on cleaning, its choreographic and aesthetic potentials as well as the inherent gendered political issues of an unseen workforce. A video project that examines the running of a B& B in France they aim to raise questions, such as where does the dirt go, how much of ‘clean’ is an illusion, are we erasing traces of previous lives? 

Nicola introduces House Services, a research project inspired by the body in states of excess, created at a time of national austerity. Working with a range of collaborators, her research has led to questions about acts of maintenance, wasted energy and proposals for not progressing. 


Tuesday 30th October 2018, 19:30 

Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios

A Crossing Borders talk | Choreo-reading: between knowledge and life | Efrosini Protopapa and Susanne Foellmer 

If choreography is usually perceived as an act of writing (dance), what does it mean for making to be understood through the notion of reading? How does the choreographic engage in the present with what is already there, the past, the historical, but also the forgotten or irretrievable? 

Dr Efrosini Protopapa is a London-based choreographer and scholar. Her research interests lie in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance and her recent work focuses on notions of thinking, negotiation, disagreement, friendship, value and labour in performance. She has presented choreographic work across the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, and recently toured a commissioned work by Siobhan Davies Dance that premiered at the Barbican Curve. Lately, Efrosini has been working on a choreographic research project entitled ‘the friend at work’, and co-edited ‘The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance’ (Valiz, 2017). She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Roehampton where she convenes the MRes Choreography and Performance programme. She also teaches internationally and has published in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals. 

Dr Susanne Foellmer is a dance and theatre scholar. She received her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin, focusing on unfinished corporealities in contemporary dance and performance art. Educated at the Instiute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (MA degree) her dissertation dealt with dance and drama in the Weimar Era with a special focus on the dancer and actress Valeska Gert, dealing also with re-presentations of gender, politics and inter/mediality. Her most recent research approaches dance and performance from the perspective of “leftovers”, being examined in her current project “On Remnants and Vestiges. Strategies of Remaining in the Performing Arts” (funded by German Research Foundation/DFG). 


Tuesday 20th November 2018, 18.00-19:30  

University of Roehampton, Michaelis Theatre 

CDR evening screening of Movies for Movers with Cara Hagan Gelber 


Wednesday 21st November 2018, 12.45-14.00  

University of Roehampton, room tbc  

CDR lunchtime presentation by Cara Hagan Gelber 


Tuesday 27th November 2018, 19:30 

Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios 

Moving Kinship: choreography, performance & the politics of everyday life | Beatrice Allegranti and Jon Silas 

This conversation presents interdisciplinary choreographic, dance movement psychotherapy and neuroscientific practice, research and activism with people living with young onset dementia, their families and the artistic team Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre. Informed by feminist new materialism and cognitive neuroscience, we will explore the ethics and politics of creating dance not only for an audience but with and through audiences. As such, we propose ‘moving kinship’ as an integrated artistic practice that enables us to think about human and more-than-human-bodies and worlds simultaneously. We will include performative vignettes as ways to think through kinship with/in the choreographic process, performance and, for the living of everyday life. 

Dr Beatrice Allegranti: For over two decades Beatrice’s experience is influenced by several intersecting identities as an independent choreographer, UKCP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist, feminist writer, researcher and educator encompassing choreography and filmmaking (touring UK, France, U.S.A, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Poland, Brazil), as well as clinical dance movement psychotherapy practice and supervision in the NHS (in adult mental health; dementia; special needs; autism) and in private practice.  


Date tbc 

University of Roehampton, room tbc 

CDR research seminar by Tamara Tomić-Vajagić 

A snap, a bridge, the dress and the fold: parallel structures in Issey Miyake fashion and William Forsythe's choreography 

In this presentation I explore parallel gestures and connective affinities (Heathfield, 2018) in William Forsythe’s choreography and Issey Miyake’s fashion. Particular focus is on their 1991 collaboration in The Loss of Small Detail (Ballet Frankfurt, 1991). The costumes used in this work belong to Miyake’s ‘a piece of cloth’ concept, which includes movement of pleating and folding. As seen in Forsythe’s dances, Miyake’s designs can be understood as ‘choreographic objects’ (Forsythe, 2011) in dialogue with the dance material, including the folding of balletic épaulement through operations of ‘disfocus’. Furthermore, Miyake’s folded clothes suggest a possible paradigmatic visualisation of Forsythe’s dance work as the fold (Deleuze, 1993), or an ontological multiple concerned with cohesion and continuity. 

Dr Tamara Tomić-Vajagić is a dance scholar with background in fine arts. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Dance Department at the University of Roehampton, London.