The theme for both the festival and conference for Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 is In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time. Dance can be anywhere, in a studio, on screen, in the streets, on a stage, dance can bring communities together, share lived experiences beyond barriers and express moments of joy. Dance can be a powerful tool for change. This conference brings together artists, practitioners and educators, rooted in the African and African Caribbean Diaspora to share ideas and research as a part of a collective questioning. How do we define space for dance in the Diaspora that transcends geography? How can dance respond to the challenges of the environment? What histories are embodied in the spaces and bodies we inhabit? How can dance amplify the voices of the communities that surround us?
John Hunte (Barbados) | Opening Keynote
John Hunte is an accomplished performer, arts activist, choreographer, teacher and consultant. Executive Director of the Barbados Dance Project, Hunte was Artistic Coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII and a former Cultural Officer for Dance at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF). Hunte is currently a tutor at the Barbados Community College and lecturer at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in the creative studies and cultural studies programmes.
Monique Jonas (Jamaica/UK)
Monique Jonas is a Jamaican born contemporary dance artist and creative based in London, England. She is passionate about art being for all people and thus advocates for authentic diversity within the arts, founder of Jona Dance, she is a dance artist for New Adventures.
Yinka Esi Graves (UK/Spain)
Yinka Esi Graves is a British flamenco dancer whose choreographic work explores the form alongside other corporeal expressions in particular from an African Diasporic and contemporary perspective. Through her unique way of working in and around flamenco she has reached audiences nationally and internationally often taking flamenco into new spaces.
Henri Tauliaut and Annabel Guérédrat (Martinique)
Henri Tauliaut is an artist and researcher, investigating relationships between art and science, focusing on two principal topics: digital art and performance. Annabel Guérédrat is a choreographer, dancer and performer, certified in literature and history and an educator in the art of Somatic movement through the Body Mind Centring® method. Together, they developed various artistic universes, are co-directors of Cyber Afro-Punk Laboratory and organise FIAP (Festival International d’Art Performance) in Martinique.
ThomasTalawa Prestø (Trinidad/Norway)
Since 1998, Prestø has spent his time actively carving a place for the Black dancing body in Scandinavia. Founder of Tabanka Dance Ensemble, he has performed Caribbean and African dance for more than a quarter of Norway’s population and reached the semi-finals of Norway’s Got Talent. He is the originator of Talawa TechniqueTM, a codified a system rooted in the traditional African and Caribbean movement aesthetic.
Makeda Thomas (Trinidad/USA)
Makeda Thomas is a New York/Port of Spain based dance artist and founding director of the Dance and Performance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago. Interdisciplinary in nature, her artistic practice, scholarship and teaching are situated at the intersection of performance practice, Diaspora theory, dance studies, ethnography and Black feminisms. She has presented intermedia performances in relation to her scholarship internationally, including at the New York Live Arts, Teatro Africa and Mexico’s Teatro de la Ciudad.
Eduardo Vilaro (Cuba/USA)
Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the Latin American experience in its totality and diversity, and through its intersectional points with other Diasporas an ability to spawn new dialogues about what it means to be an American. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and in 2020, City and State Magazine included Vilaro in the inaugural Power of Diversity: Latin 100 list.
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