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Gender and dance debate

Posted on January 4, 2016


rosie-kay-5-soldiers-pic-maria-falconerLet’s Get On And Do Something About The Gender Debate is an open space event on gender and equality for the independent dance sector. It will be held at Clean Break Theatre Company, in London’s Kentish Town, on January 10, 2016.

“We’ve been talking about gender inequalities in dance for a long time now,” says Chantal Guevara, director of Cloud Dance Festival and organiser of the debate. She points out that most discussion has focused on female choreographers, and argues that little has changed. The new event aims to come up with solutions and actions, finding ways to create change.

The “open space” format means that participants can propose topics and work strategically. Organised in partnership with the Female Choreographers’ Collective, Kaleidoscopic Arts, Technique Exchange and critic Donald Hutera, the event is open to everyone, including those from companies, schools, venues and journalists.

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Picture: Shelley Eva Haden and other members of Rosie Kay Dance Company in 5 Soldiers, by leading independent female choreographer Rosie Kay



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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