Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Fiona Yates

Situated in Wilditch Community Centre, Kaleidoscopic Arts Fourth Platform has a welcoming ‘come as you are’ vibe. Framing the space is Elisabeth Schilling’s Stadtkörper – an exhibition of photos from historic spots in Berlin with Schilling in place as a dancer. They’re subtle but give a sense that the platform has claimed the space and mean that even before the performances start there’s an artistic presence. Continue reading “Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Fiona Yates”

Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Tia Asterope

Empowering the Female Voice

Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform, Fourth Platform reviewed by Tia Asterope at Wilditch Community Centre, London SW11 5BB, May 19

The independent choreographers Lucia Schweigert and Konstantina Skalionta began curating the contemporary dance platform Kaleidoscopic Arts in 2014. These experimental events showcase work by emerging female choreographers in alternative performance spaces and are appended by post-show talks. The fourth platform, part of the Wandsworth Fringe Festival, was held at the Wilditch Community Centre in Battersea and featured short dances by Helen Cox, Jayne Port, Lucidez Dance and Feet off the Ground Dance. Continue reading “Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform: Review by Tia Asterope”

Guest post by Maria Hardcastle

Interview with choreographer Kaia Goodenough

Following her latest performance, choreographer and artistic director of Limb Dance Co., Kaia Goodenough, talks feminism, artistic inspiration, and the issues with cross collaboration.

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Abstract Romanticism by Limb Dance Co., photograph: Michelle Rose

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A different perspective #2

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and on Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the second of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. It comes from Doug Hooker, a contemporary dancer and rehearsal director currently based in Minneapolis. Continue reading “A different perspective #2”

A different perspective

When seeking equality it is important to keep one’s discourse open to outside opinions so as to see things – in this case Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform – from multiple perspectives. This both strengthens our understanding of our own thinking and lets us consider questions we may not otherwise ask.

In the spirit of equality I’ve asked a few men in the dance community to give their opinion on the state of equality with choreographers, and Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform’s mission.

Here is the first of several interviews done with that different perspective in mind. Our first featured choreographer is Andrew Pearson – L.A. based choreographer and dancer. Continue reading “A different perspective”

Why focus on female choreographers?

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?”

What are your stories? What drives you?

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

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