Past Event
Talks & Debate

Get Better…Soon: Musings on a 21st Century Aesthetic

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Curated by Dan Daw (South East Dance/BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow) and Kate Marsh (Coventry University), 'Get Better…Soon: Musings on a 21st Century Aesthetic' is a symposium looking at the body in motion and the politics that surround it.

This event is an opportunity for artists and public to come together to contemplate what a new performance aesthetic might look like.

· What informs us historically?
· Who is responsible for determining the validity or worth of a particular body’s aesthetic?
· What do audiences expect when viewing the moving body organized in relationship to space and time?
· How do we make way for a cultural shift that facilitates evolution of dance as an art form?
· How can we, as artists, gain audiences trust as we offer them a re-framing of dance, as we know it?

About Dan Daw

As an established UK-based disabled performer / emerging artistic director, Dan works collaboratively with a growing network of established and emerging companies and artists to develop new work for UK and international audiences.

Taking a curatorial approach to work, he enjoys having autonomy in the creative process and directing others to direct him. Describing it as an audition in reverse, this approach seeks to dissolve the hierarchy between choreographer, their creative team and performer.

Dan’s work and explorations are suggestions for a 21st Century dance aesthetic and, as an artist, I reject the idea that “disability dance” is a genre. Dan Daw Creative Projects is a proposition for a different creative model and my attempt at bringing about a cultural shift within the dance art form to include disability in its fabric.

About Kate Marsh

Kate Marsh is a Dance artist and PhD Candidate at Coventry University. She was a dancer with Candoco between 2000 and 2005. Kate's research is focussed on the development of leadership roles in dance for performers with disabilities. She is particularly interested in how the role of the disabled dance artist has shifted since the emergence of 'inclusive' practice. Her collaboration on the Get Better…Soon Symposium is sparked by her shared interest with Dan Daw relating to ways in which bodies labelled or identifying as 'other' challenge and progress assumed aesthetics in Contemporary dance practice.