Elixir Festival - Elixir Conference

26 Jun

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Rosebery Room

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


Part of Elixir Festival 2017

The Elixir Conference brings together international speakers whose work connects to lifelong creativity and dance to share ideas and provide insight into the themes of this year’s festival:

  • The value of older dancers and the importance of developing sustainable artistic careers
  • Understanding the role of heritage in contemporary dance and developing new ways to pass on important legacies within dance from one generation to the next
  • Changing the perception of age through participation and performance opportunities for older adults

The Elixir Conference is for anyone who is passionate about dance and the role that it can play throughout people’s lives.

Conference programme:

11:00 – 11:15am: Registration
11:15 – 11:30am: Welcome
11:30 – 12:15pm: Keynote presentation by John Fox MBE and Hannah Fox

John Fox is an artist, poet and cultural provocateur. He was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the legendary arts company Welfare State International 1968 – 2006. With Sue Gill he is the co-director of Dead Good Guides and co-author of their manuals on new secular ceremonies for rites of passage. Autobiography "Eyes on Stalks“(Methuen). Hannah Fox is the daughter of John Fox and Sue Gill and grew up ‘on the road’ with Welfare State International. She has worked as a freelance Artist for 30 years both for Welfare State International and many other companies. Hannah works across art-forms in the fields of Environmental Arts, Theatre and the Celebratory Arts

12:15 – 1.15pm: Generation to Generation
Presentation and discussion looking at the process and principles underpinning Forest Revisited by Robert Cohan CBE and Martin Welton. Forest Revisited was created for Knowbody II and features dancers who previously performed in Robert Cohan’s Forest with London Contemporary Dance Theatre working with young dancers selected from National Youth Dance Company alumni to revisit this work and pass on knowledge from one generation to the next.

Robert and Martin will be joined by Christopher Bannerman and Anne Donnelly, former dancers with London Contemporary Dance Theatre and performers in Forest Revisited.

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch break (please note lunch is not provided)

2.15 – 3.15pm: The importance and value of mature performers
Panel discussion with Charlotta Öfverholm (Artistic Director - Compagnie Jus de la Vie, Sweden), Christopher Roman (Artistic Director - Dance On Ensemble, Germany) and Namron (former dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre and performer with the Elixir Ensemble)

3:15 – 4:15pm: Using dance and performance to address the wellbeing needs of an aging population
Panel discussion with Fiona Ross and Jeanette Bain-Burnett, (Senior Project and Policy Officers, GLA) and Suzanne Lee (Artistic Director, All Change Arts). Chaired by David Cutler, Director of The Baring Foundation.

4:15 - 4.30pm: Closing discussion

4:30 – 5:30pm: Drinks and networking

Details of further speakers to be added once confirmed.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON

Supported by The Baring Foundation

Rosebery Room

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

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