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October 2020

Decolonising the Curriculum: Where do we start?

15th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 22nd October 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
£5.00

Following on his Windrush Day Lecture, Professor Stephen Small explores how education and academia can start to examine the accountability, systematic racism, untold perspectives and ignored history.  As we reconsider what is being taught and how it is being taught, and where we start the process of decolonising the curriculum. Ticket provides access to the recorded lecture and a digital copy of Professor Stephen Small’s extended Windrush Day Lecture. With the support with Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Windrush Fund.

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LDIF21 Preview Festival Pass

26th October 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8th November 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
£10

Support LDIF and Serendipity by purchasing an LDIF21 Preview Festival Pass. All LDIF21 Preview events, with the exception of online Masterclasses are available online, free of charge, for 24 hours from the advertised start time.  For the full programme click here. For a donation of £10, you will have access to all of the festival content (except the the Big Debate, Masterclasses and ReUnited) until Sunday 8 November. During this time, you will be able to revisit any event as…

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Talawa Technique™ Online Masterclass

30th October 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online – Zoom
£10

Thomas Prestø is the founder of Tabanka Dance Ensemble and the creator of Talawa TechniqueTM. His work seamlessly merges ancestral movement, culturally contextualised vocabulary and Africana movement sensibilities.  Prestø is intimate with indigenous Caribbean and African Spiritual practices in Haiti, Trinidad, Cuba and Nigeria respectively, pulling from these practices both in his theoretical, practical and artistic approaches.

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Léna Blou Online Masterclass

31st October 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online – Zoom
£10

In this exclusive limited workshop Léna Blou will be teaching her internationally renowned techniques for the first time in the UK. Lena is a workshop researcher, choreographer, dancer and teacher and is highly established in the America's. Her work is part of a growing pedagogy for modern Caribbean dance practice with her technique nourished by Gwoka aesthetics and contemporary movement. Léna has also developed ‘Techni’ka’ and the concept ‘bigidi’ which she teaches at the Dance and Choreographic Studies Centre in…

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March 2021

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2021 Online Press Event

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Online – Zoom
Free
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Serendipity’s CEO and Artistic Director Pawlet Brookes will be joined by Joseph Toonga (Born to Protest), Patricia Vester (Spot a Day), Dollie Henry and Paul Jenkins (Spirt of Jazz: BOP Jazz Theatre Company) and Jonzi D, as she talks through the programme and background behind the themes of the festival followed by a Q&A. Image Credit: Photographer Lucrecia Diaz – Dancer Brittany Williams Image Description – A woman standing on one foot in mid pose wearing a multi-coloured jacket.

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April 2021

Spot a Day Dance Diary: Patricia Vester

April 29 - May 8
Various
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Patricia Vester is an illustrator and artist based in Potsdam, Germany. For Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2021, Patricia Vester will be artist in residence, creating original responses to the festival, as she documents and encapsulates movement and dance, through visual art. The Spot a Day Dance Diary will be available at Serendipity's BlackInk website which can be found here Patricia Vester was featured in the Black History Month 2020 exhibition Resilience, a collection of new artworks from artists based in…

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Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destiné Exhibition

April 29 - May 8
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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Jean-Léon Destiné (1918 – 2013) is known for his choreography that addresses Haiti’s history of resistance again colonialism and slavery. Featuring archival materials, some of which have never been presented in public before, Jean-Léon Destiné’s rich and colourful career is brought to life. www.colonisationinreverse.co.uk Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destiné Exhibition is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity UK.  The festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a conference exploring dance as a medium for positive change.…

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LDIF21 Launch

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online – Zoom
Free
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Join us on Zoom on Thursday 29 April at 6:00pm to celebrate International Dance Day and the start of this year's multifaceted festival. Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Artistic Director, Serendipity, will introduce this year's programme followed by a sharing of Joseph Toonga's Born to Manifest film series ahead of the outdoor performance of Born to Protest in June.

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Black British Dance Platform

April 30 @ 7:45 pm
Livestreamed United Kingdom
£16 – £18

The Black British Dance Platform will showcase new and innovative work by British based artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora.   FUBUNATION Ruins  Ruins opens a dialogue surrounding the myth of masculinity as it is felt within the Pan-African diaspora. FUBUNATION are deconstructing the power struggle within themselves and finding the balance between conflict, vulnerability, and co-dependency. By doing so, they own and repair their deeper anxieties that they have learned so well to mask. FUBUNATION is a dance…

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May 2021

Black British Dance Platform: In Conversation

May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
Free

Aimed at promoters, programmers and producers, this in conversation is an opportunity to hear more from the artists participating in the Black British Dance platform. The ticket link is to purchase a ticket to watch the dance shorts in person at Serendipity's Dialogue Box.  The dance shorts will also be available online. Zoom Webinar A conversation with the artists who are part of Black British Dance Platform.  This is set up as a Zoom webinar, presenters can be seen but…

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