Building Somatic Dialogues in Spatial Practises: Dance, Architecture and Engineering
16:30 - 17:00
In this discussion I particularly explore the first part of the book 'Dance, Architecture and Engineering' which was published in April 2021..This beginning section of the book proposes a somatic-based foundation for engaging with spatial practices that draws on Africanist, Oceanic and North American Indigenous worldviews. I explore Place-making and community re-building as a somatic practice from my own choreographic perspective in conversation with architectural and engineering practices. I suggest a notion of Being – in - Place as a common ground of interconnectedness. Textured by this interconnected paradigm of Being in Place , I ask how we notice and value the knowledges somatic practices offer to the construction of communities. I suggest in a time of reconstruction, rebuilding we, have a responsibility to move from the movement-studio to the street. The talk will close with a Q&A about the book. It would be ideal if people were given information about the book prior to the festival so that this Q&A could be a book club style discussion amongst all attending then talk rather than just back and forth to me.
About book: This book was born from a year of exchanges of movement ideas generated in cross-practice conversations and workshops with dancers, musicians, architects and engineers. Events took place at key cultural institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and The Lowry, Salford, as well as on-site at architectural firms and on the streets of London. The author engages with dance's offer of perspectives on being in place: how the 'ordinary person' is facilitated in experiencing the dance of the city, while also looking at shared cross-practice understandings in and about the body, weight and rhythm. There is a prioritizing of how embodied knowledges across dance, architecture and engineering can contribute to decolonizing the production of place – in particular, how dance and city-making cultures engage with female bodies and non-white bodies in today's era of #MeToo and BlackLivesMatter. Akinleye concludes in response conversations about ideas raised in the book with John Bingham-Hall, Liz Lerman, Dianne McIntyer and Richard Sennett. The book is a fascinating resource for those drawn to spatial practices from dance to design to construction.
Dr. Adesola Akinleye is an artist-scholar. She began her career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, USA she later worked with Green Candle Dance UK and Union Dance UK. Her company DancingStrong, currently creates interdisciplinary-performance work touring UK and North America. www.dancingstrong.com
Her teaching, writing and choreography weave together to inform her creative practice which centers on exploring the lived experience as embodied, and 'bodily' knowledge as central to meaning making.
Her current work includes working in response to the Brexit Referendum exploring/dancing on boundaries and borders with communities in Northern Ireland, Poland, UK and beyond – Freedom of Movement, MNM Project.
Adesola is a Fellow of the RSA. She holds an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in dance/sociology/embodiment (Body, dance and environment: An exploration of embodiment and identity) from Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She has a Master of Arts (distinction) in Work-based learning: Dance in education and the community from Middlesex University, UK.
She has been a guest teacher / choreographer in institutions and companies in UK, Canada and USA including Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer program. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and holds a PG Cert in Higher Education as well as being a licensed Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher.
Her monograph Dance, Architecture and Engineering is published in April 2021.