Welcome to Our Space
A webinar foregrounding the practices and approaches of disabled dance artists in the time of COVID-19 and beyond, hosted by The Work Room. Welcome to Our Space is the second event in The Time is Now; a new series of digital events that respond to sector development supported by One Dance UK and National Dance Network (NDN).
Featuring: Laura Dajao, Raquel Meseguer, Priya Mistry and Amy Rosa
Streaming on Facebook Live from 2pm – 4pm on Thursday 13th August. This webinar will be captioned in English. Archived versions of the webinar will also be available to watch on the NDN website from 4pm on the 13th of August alongside a transcript.
In this time of COVID-19 and amid the rapid and urgent calls to rethink and restructure the arts sector; this webinar, foregrounds the experiences of disabled* dance artists who are often experts in a working practice characterised by isolation, renegotiated notions of productivity and rest and rapid adjustments.
‘Welcome to Our Space’, hosted by Laura Fisher on behalf of The Work Room, invites four UK based artists who identify as disabled and are working in dance, movement or choreography to present an insight into their work and practices. Laura Dajao (Lauraddances ), Raquel Meseguer (Unchartered Collective), Priya Mistry (whatsthebigmistry) and Amy Rosa share individual presentations on their working practices, performance and art making followed by a collective discussion. Informed by each panellist’s experience and expertise working in the dance sector, the panel share their approaches to developing and sustaining practice and thoughts on how the sector can better support disabled dance artists moving forward.
Please note: this webinar was prerecorded on Wednesday 1st July and the live streaming is of the recorded version. Viewers are invited to watch but panelists will not be able to respond to comments or questions on the live video.
*The Work Room uses the social model of disability that recognises that some people experience disabling barriers. The use of ‘disabled people’ or ‘disabled artists’ is used by TWR, to refer to people who experience disabling barriers and identify as such and is inclusive of those who experience barriers due to sensory, physical, learning and/or cognitive impairments as well as those living with chronic illness, pain or mental health conditions and D/deaf people who identify as disabled.