Women were the founding mothers of modern dance and well into the 1980s women lead the development of modern and post-modern dance. A New York Times article by eminent dance writer Roger Copeland in 1980 gives a good introduction to the domination of women in the modern and post-modern dance world.
Contemporary dance on the contrary seems to be dominated, not in quality and quantity, but in publicity and popularity, by male choreographers. Continue reading “Why focus on female choreographers?”
Whether you’re the one giving or receiving negative feedback the situation can be awkward and uncomfortable, but as performers, choreographers, and producers of dance and art the conversation is inevitable.
Continue reading “A positive spin on negative feedback”
Rose George’s Ted Talk ‘Inside the secret shipping industry’
Sometimes it’s good to step out for a moment, to look at our world and ask how it functions. There are many programmes that explain various aspects of life to children in simple ways, but not many that do the same for us grown-ups. How does it all work? For instance how does the fashion we buy arrive on the high street?
Continue reading “Fashion, consumption and shipping”
Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’
The first post in this new series is a reaction to Isabel Allende’s Ted Talk ‘Tales of Passion’ from March 2007 in which she “discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion” (Ted Talks). Please find the video and transcript by clicking on this link: https://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion
Continue reading “What are your stories? What drives you?”
Beginning a new blog series
As the runners of Kaleidoscopic Arts we are of course feminists. Do we believe that there is systematic sexism at work in the British or the wider dance world? Do we believe some individuals intentionally try not to have women empowered within the dance world? The truth is we don’t know. We might like to know, but what we think really matters is this:
Do we see women’s perspectives and stories or not? Do we see them enough or not?
The answers to those questions are more or less “no, we don’t – sometimes we see them a little bit” and that’s not good enough for us, so we think there is a problem.
Continue reading “Feminism, Kaleidoscopic Arts and our place in this world”
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to sit in on some creative industry talks as a media volunteer for Zealous X – an arts festival featuring musicians, designers, actors, painters and many more.
The panel discussions seemed to naturally circulate around the idea of collaboration and education within the creative industry. Looking back, there were several points made that can be used by anyone in the arts, so with our third network meeting coming up it seems appropriate that I at least pose some of the opinions and questions brought up in hopes of continuing the discussion and getting us all thinking about our decisions within the eclectic industry of art.
Continue reading “Expanding your art”
Comedian Steve Martin once said, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”
Continue reading “Let’s talk about dance”
When it comes to talking about women choreographers in contemporary dance it can be easy to focus solely on identifying problems. Pointing fingers, and raising red flags to inequality is occasionally necessary – after all awareness is the first step to change. However, we here at Kaleidoscopic Arts feel it is just as important to discuss the progress that is occurring within the world of contemporary dance in regards to opportunities for and discussions about female choreographers. We are all fortunate today for the social discussion about women choreographers to even be open. It is through attending new platforms, writing, tweeting, supporting new artists, and holding more discussions that societal norms can evolve. Choreographer, dancer, supporter; whatever you may be the attention to the new positive developments in the scene are going to strengthen the discourse.
That being said here are just some examples that prove our discussion – as a community – is strong. We highly recommend you follow along with these events.
Continue reading “Progress for women choreographers in dance”