Continued Professional Development: Black British Dance and Performance: Impact, Voice and Gaze

Continued Professional Development: Black British Dance and Performance: Impact, Voice and Gaze

Heather Saunders

We are proud to launch our first online course. Starting in September 2024, this eight-week course will feature several modules, each culminating in an in-person showcase event in Leicester of the work created within the course.  Titled Black British Dance and Performance: Impact, Voice and Gaze, the programme will explore and aim to further participants’ knowledge of how decolonisation comes into play within their creative practice.

Key themes will include the shifting landscape around terminology and how best practice has altered according to policy changes and trends, looking particularly at what effect these have had on the arts sector.  Historical and factual background will be unpicked through case studies, highlighting the effects of diverse arts festivals, such as Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) and Black History Month on the artistic and socio-political landscape both in the UK and internationally.

This programme will cover key topics including government and policy, funding bodies and international connections, terminology, representation, mainstream media versus non-mainstream media and programming and audience development for culturally diverse work.

Learning outcomes include: an understanding of the shifting landscape around terminology and best practice within diverse art; establishing how representation of cultural diversity in the media is being portrayed and how this has changed over the last five decades; understanding what it means to programme culturally diverse work; how to create an associated clear audience development plan; and to evaluate appropriate case studies, exploring how they could be seen as a catalyst for social change and cultural representation.  Participants will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts and opinions throughout the sessions and submit recorded work where necessary.

We welcome participants from across the arts and heritage sector, whether based in the UK or internationally.  Register today.

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