Why Dance Matters

23 Feb 2015

Archived Show
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Rosebery Room

Mezzanine level, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN


Join artists Carlos Acosta, Seeta Patel and Pam Zinkin, The Place’s Chief Executive Kenneth Tharp and Breakin’ Convention’s Artistic Director Jonzi D for a panel debate on dance’s power to create change, both in individual lives and in society at large.

Internationally renowned dancer Carlos Acosta, a Principal Guest Artist of The Royal Ballet, has danced with many of the leading ballet companies in the world and choreographed both classical and contemporary work. Independent artist Seeta Patel trained in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam; her work includes performing solo classical Bharatanatyam, as well as creating contemporary dance and film. As a member of the Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ resident over-60s performance company, Pam Zinkin has worked with international choreographers and companies and performed in the UK and overseas, including at the Venice Biennale. Following a 25-year career as a dancer, Kenneth Tharp has worked extensively as a choreographer, teacher and director and was made an OBE in 2003 for his services to dance. Actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and b-boying since the early 1980s, Jonzi D has been a pioneer in the development of hip hop theatre in the UK.

In this talk, speakers share their stories and thoughts on what dance has given to them, what it can give to society and what the challenges are for young people wanting to forge a career in dance today.

The event is part of the Get Creative campaign, a major celebration of the nation's arts, culture and creativity. Led by the BBC and What Next?, a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, the campaign aims to encourage as many people as possible to engage with the arts and share their creative talents.

The event is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. To register for tickets, please contact the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300

Photo: Peter Teigen

Rosebery Room

Mezzanine level, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

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