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July 5th Africa Writes: our bodies speak poetry -The British Library

July 5thAfrica Writes: our bodies speak poetry -The British Library Our Bodies Speak Poetry, our first headline event is set to be an exciting evening filled with awe-inspiring storytelling, and a poetical exploration into our relationship with the (physical, political, and fantastical) body.  The evening will open with a dance piece by Adesola Akinleye, accompanied by music curated by BORN:FREE, one of London’s leading platforms for African and Afro-Diasporic poetry and writing. Our MC, Jessica Horn, will share some of her own work, engaging in conversation with us, and the poets, discussing themes surrounding poetry and the body. 

Photo Credit F Christofilopoulou

June 20th Inventory of Behaviours - Tate

June 20thInventory of Behaviours - Tate Adesola will be part of June 20thdaily discussions (Tuesday to Thursday 15:30 - 17:00, and Friday 14:00 -15:30) which will provide a space for reflection and discussion between participants and experts from a variety of educational and creative disciplines. Contributors will include Kevin Hunt, Kelly Large, Claire Makhlouf Carter, Harold Offeh, James Saunders and Michelle Williams Gamaker.In these informal discussions we will consider together whether behaviours like crying, sleeping, staring at the wall or sorting things are strategies, conscious or not, integral to creativity. And can they be considered as work?

Learning Environments: Whitechapel Gallery

This will be a great discussion led by Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler which Adesola will be speaking at, bringing together her work with architecture and design and the dance performance that we toured last year  'Light Steps' and 'Found'. Whitechapel Gallery is a short walk away from where Adesola went to school herself, "so it's nice to be back in the manor to talk about dance/art/design and learning!" (Adesola Akinleye)

Whitechapel Gallery, Learning Environments: A Discussion Talk Saturday 15 June, 2pm £9.50/£7.50 Alternative, democratic, and self-lead education models and the architectural responses associated with them, are the subject of this conversation led by the architects Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler. Case studies include the practices of 20thCentury radical pedagogues, from Ricardo Dalisi and KEKS to the progressive Post-war Schools movement in the UK. Speaker…

June 7th Hybrid Practices @Urban Room - University of Reading

12–2pm Dialogue I: Movement-Lab What is the relationship between choreographic movement and architectural design? What if we designed a building on the basis of a dance score? How do you experience space around you on a daily basis? Led by choreographer Adesola Akinleye and movement director, Struan Leslie, this interactive workshop will invite us to use movement and choreography to explore our relationship with spatial architectures in action.
2:30–4:30pm Dialogue II: Inter-disciplinary Lab What happens when we use different practices to explore one set of questions? How can we change habits of interacting and of thinking? Thinking through practices of movement, design, and theory we will consider different and interlocking approaches to the spaces around us and how we inhabit them. A hands-on dialogue with conversations from guest speakers: Erect Architecture, Invisible Studio, Susanna Clausen (Reading Internation…

Children's workshop on learning spaces at Siobhan Davies Dance

Running in parallel to the discussion will be a movement-based discussion workshop for children aged 7 - 11.  Led by Adesola Akinleye the children will use choreography to explore the same themes, looking at their ideal learning spaces

Architecture and the Responsive Body in Children's Education
Panel Discussion with Siobhan Davies, Neil Pinder and Sarah Wigglesworth

Join us in our RIBA award-winning studios for a discussion considering the impact that education spaces have on learning, the body and movement How is the privatisation of school spaces impacting on young people’s learning and creatives responses?
How does the lack of outdoor space and the pressure on indoor space in schools impact on development and learning?
How does an architect include the perspective of a dance artist and choreographer to create an educational space that stimulates creative responses?
These are some of the questions we will be covering in this discussion led by architect Sarah Wigglesworth, educationali…

Up-coming Spring events - quick overview

May 16thMiddlesex University 3rdyear performance- Arts Depot
May 17th  Beyond Buildings: performance and architecture- Royal Academy of Art
June 15th  Learning EnvironmentsWhitechapel Art Gallery
July 5th  Africa Writes: our bodies speak poetry-The British Library

More detail: May 16thMiddlesex University 3rdyear performance- Arts Depot University graduating Dance students return for their final performance of the year. The programme includes repertory by Ross McKim re-staged by Sian Hopkins, plus new works created by Adesola Akinleye, Christopher Tudor and clearly Dias Dos Santos. 

May 17th  Beyond Buildings: performance and architecture- Royal Academy of Art  https://www.royalaca…