Our next PK in Birmingham is in association with the International Dance Festival on the theme of Dance and Movement!
Speakers confirmed so far!
Iris Bertz, an interpreter and visual arts producer, says “somehow dance has always been part of my life, but only recently I have discovered how important it is.” Her talk is titled Dance is happiness.
Jaivant Patel is a dance artist, cultural producer and choreographer from Wolverhampton who’s be talking about his success engaging communities in South Asian dance in parallel with my own journey as an independent dance artist.
Richard Battye has worked as a photographer in Birmingham for 26 years and has carved a niche photographing dancers. He’ll talk about how his technique and his landmark exhibition Still Dancing.
Julia Gilbert is a big fan of dance and music and will talk about the inextricable links between them, along with exciting examples of emerging technology that is enabling the creation of music through movement.
Thomas OFlaherty is a creative dancer, teacher and entrepreneur who will tell the story of his British Caribbean artistic expression and how it connects to the roots of dance and rhythm from the African diaspora.
Saranjit Birdi is an architect and a dancer with a desire to find a synthesis between these practices. He’ll present his artistic journey so far from the underground jazz-fusion clubs of the 70s to his studio in Digbeth and how the creative spirit of Birmingham’s dancers has influenced him.
Johnny Autin is an international dance artist and the creative director of Autin Dance Theatre. He’s talking about his choreographic work with professional performers and young dancers with the Man Made Youth Company and his emphasis on dance and physical theatre as agents for social change.
Jack Tasker has always been fascinated by hair-brained schemes. His talk, Hustle 101 – how to turn empty buildings into something cool, will tell the story of how he (with help) set up the very popular Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, featuring the building we’re in tonight!