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2 Deptford Church St, London

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When abuse of power comes as a surprise

(there's no such thing as a free lunch) A discursive lunch led by Janine Harrington and Grace Nicol.  Bringing people together to explore the current power structures at play in UK dance, we will ask; what can we do for ourselves and each other to counter them? The intention of this session is to see where we are at, what other communities are doing and to move a conversation on with this understanding as a foundation . . . over a 'free' lunch.   This session is for:

Any artist, producer or arts professional who feels at a disadvantage due to the performing arts’ bias towards cis-male-led work and narratives.

It’s also for anyone else working in the arts (programmers, venues etc), who want to broaden their gaze to include less advantaged artists.
 This event is open to everyone. Be kind. Be respectful. By entering this space you acknowledge that abuse of power is real and that your experiences are likely to be different form other people's experiences.

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2 Deptford Church St

Deptford Church Street




Janine Harrington is a British choreographer, performer and writer. Her works explore game structures, play, access, neurodiversity and the poetics of movement practices. Her recent work, the kaleidoscopic Screensaver Series (premiered at Dance Umbrella, 2018) foregrounds these interests and is currently touring. She has honed her practice alongside performing in gallery and museum contexts across Europe, teaching, writing, mentoring and advocating around neurodiversity and artist leadership. She is Align artist with South East Dance and Re-Search artist with Dance Umbrella/ResCen Network.

Grace Nicol is a choreographer, curator and activist. Amongst others, she has recently been interviewed for the Dance Dialogues Podcast, Run Riot, i-D Magazine, It’s Nice That and Ladybeard Magazine discussing the dance-gender debate. Her artistic practice has a particular focus on object-body relations and materiality, investigating juxtapositions and associations of objecthood and bodies to explore movement within socio-political contexts. As part of her curatorial work, Grace founded and is the Artistic Director of Womxn SRSLY. Womxn SRSLY champions unique and challenging performance through platforms and support networks for artists experiencing disadvantage due to the performing arts sector’s bias toward cis-male-led work. To develop this practice further, Grace provides mentoring for female artists and university lectures, most recently working with Falmouth University and on the MA programme at ArtEZ. Grace’s choreographic work has toured nationally and internationally including to; London College of Fashion, The Place, CentrE17, The Yard, Guest Projects, Hackney Showroom, ]Performance Space[, the V & A Museum and won a Stockholm Fringe Award in 2015. Grace is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Research Studio, member of Chisenhale Dance Space and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School.



H2DANCE is choreographer/ performer duo Hanna Gillgren (SE) and Heidi Rustgaard (NO), working between Norway, Sweden and the UK since 1999. Fest en Fest is an international festival of expanded choreography initiated and curated by H2DANCE and produced by Natalie Richardson from Konzept Arts & Ideas. This is a new concept making space for artists and audiences to come together and present live works and ideas, to discuss, provoke, influence and be a force for change. Through performances, talks, lunches and parties, H2DANCE present a programme of UK & Nordic artists working across dance & performance.