Re:generations: The world of Dance of the African Diaspora comes to Birmingham

David Mead

A forthcoming conference in Birmingham brings plenty of opportunities to network, dialogue, see work and experience artistic diversity. Re:generations 4 – Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination is the fourth in a series of biennial academic and artistic international conferences held in the UK, focusing on Dance of the African Diaspora.

Running at mac Birmingham from November 3-5, Re:generations is a part-academic, part-artistic conference dedicated to shared practice, research and international perspectives in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora. It’s an area that One Dance UK (which is moving its base to the city in 2017) is committed to ensuring continues to enrich dance, and events like this can only help reaffirm the UK’s contribution to the art form.

The content of the conference was developed in collaboration with Birmingham’s ACE Dance and Music, with other collaborators including De Montfort University (Leicester), IRIE! dance theatre (London), and dance Immersion, from Toronto, Canada.

FC_ADAD_Trailblazers_South Africa-born, London-based dancer/choreographerMbulelo Ndabeni, who will be performing at Re:generationsPhoto Foteini Christofilopoulou
South Africa-born, London-based dancer/choreographerMbulelo Ndabeni, who will be performing at Re:generations at mac, Birmingham
Photo Foteini Christofilopoulou

The three days are packed with workshops, performances, debates, panels, academic paper presentations and digital presentations from home and overseas presenters. Keynote speakers include previous Director of the Government’s Cultural Leadership Programme Hilary Carty (UK), choreographer Peter Badejo OBE (Nigeria/UK) and the University of Michigan’s Head of Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Dr Anita Gonzalez.

A special feature of Re:generations 4 are three public performances. November 3rd and 5th sees mixed bills featuring a line up of dancers from the UK, Canada, USA, Amsterdam and East Africa. As interesting as they look, the highlight is sure the premiere of TEN by ACE Dance and Music on November 4th.

TEN sees ACE come together again with choreographer José Agudo, the work continuing the legacy of A Thousand Shepherds, his work celebrating the discipline and dedication of pilgrimage. We are promised contemporary dance with an essence of flamenco, kathak, martial arts and ballet, plus, of course, ACE’s inimitable Afro-fusion style in what sounds a fascinating mix. The music is by Giuliano Modarelli in collaboration with Vincenzo Lamagna (Beautiful Noise), who recently created the impressive score for Akram Khan’s stunning new Giselle for English National Ballet.

For more details on the conference, visit www.onedanceuk.org/event/regenerations.

To book performance tickets, visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk.