Dance, COVID-19 and Brexit: Perspectives, Challenges, Solutions

The Research Centre for Arts and Creative Exchange, The Portrait Room, Froebel College (livestream also available - see below)

18:30 - 20:30

A discussion of the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on freelance dance artists.

This event will be an opportunity to share the findings of a research project that was developed over the last year, entitled Dancing Through Crises. The project, led by Alexandra Kolb (Professor of Dance at Roehampton University, London) and Nicole Haitzinger (Professor of Dance and Theatre at Salzburg University Austria), assessed the direct impact of both COVID-19 and Brexit on freelance dance artists. It has sought to lend a voice to freelancers – as well as national institutions and organisations employing or otherwise interacting with freelance practitioners – to raise awareness and offer a tailored approach to policy making with a view to maintaining and increasing diversity in UK dance.

This event will be will be divided in two parts:

1.Overview of the findings of the research project, presented by Alexandra Kolb.

2. Roundtable discussion with :

  • Sir Alistair Spalding (Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells)
  • Farooq Chaudhry OBE (co-founder of the Akram Khan Company)
  • Luke Pollard MP (Labour, Shadow Minister and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Dance Group)
  • Adam Moore (Independent Artist and Choreographer)

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard (Vice-Chancellor University of Roehampton).

This event is relevant for dance and arts professionals, policy-makers, managers, national institutions and organisations interacting with freelance practitioners and academics who are interested in gaining insights into the experiences and challenges of dance artists as a result of COVID-19 and Brexit. The event will be recorded but you can also watch is livestreamed on this link.