July 5thAfrica Writes: our bodies speak
poetry -The British Library http://africawrites.org/uncategorized/our-bodies-speak-poetry-meet-the-poets/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.
June 20thInventory of Behaviours -
Tate https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/inventory-behaviours-regulation-resistance-readiness 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?
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 Talkhttps://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/learning-environments-a-discussion/ 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…
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
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…
More detail:May 16thMiddlesex University 3rdyear performance- Arts Depot https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/dance/mdx-dances-0Middlesex 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.
April 20th we will be sharing the exploration and ideas of our first of two dance residencies this year with Theatrum Mundi about how the city is engineered to moves, Urban design, and dancing architecture.
April 20th 2019 workshop will be at the Place [Studio 3]
Book here 11.00 - 13.00 session 14.00 - 16.00 session Where: The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY - Studio 3 *note: Please could you arrive to The Place via the Flaxman Terrace entrance. When: AM workshop 11am to 1pm PM workshop 2pm to 4pm * you are welcome to stay for both or just attend one. What:Movement warm-up, Discussion, movement exploration , sharing of dance created during residency week. (Bring comfortable clothes that you can move in)
Workshop led by Dr Adesola Akinleye at Per/forming Futures - curated by Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Geography of the Body: Choreo-thinking, physical equations, and a language of choreography
Per/Forming Futures launches ADiE’s two most recent publications: Adesola has a chapter in the second Researching in/as Motion A Resource Collection.
Reconsidering Research and Supervision as Creative Embodied Creative Practice: Reflections from the Field www.artisticdoctorates.com
Researching (in/as) Motion A Resource Collection nivel.teak.fi/adie/ This workshop will playfully explore on the moving body (choreography) as a mode of ‘analysis': thinking in the act of doing. We will use practical movement-based explorations as a process of unpicking embodied metaphor in everyday language (and therefore in everyday constructs of ‘things’). The goal of the workshop is to share techniques for blurring the divide between theoretical and the physical of doing. A fun, exploratory workshop for anyone w…
What is it about: I feel there is a great importance to creating spaces for the wordless conversation of dance. A conversation that is between body and environment. I hope to contribute to larger discussions across subject areas. This articulating and valuing the significance of where Self begins, or ends or is continuous in environment shares inquiry with colleagues in architecture (see Pallasmaa, 2005, Rasmussen, 1959), social sciences (see Deleuze and Guattari, 1983, 1987), and geography (see Lefebvre, 2004). I hope by reaching beyond the isolating notion of ‘subject’ areas we might find shared areas of inquiry into the inter-connectedness of Place. - Adesola
photo by Foteini Christofilopoulou Adesola Akinleye & Bree Birr de Oliveira
February 9th I am ran a triip workshop thinking about Heritage and Dance. As dancers what do we see as our dance heritage, lineage? Some dance forms feel like 'home' to individual dancers. A form of movement where there is a sense of authentic voice, where the dancer feels the technique itself paves a language they can express there inner sensations with. As a choreographer I look to find a place between the dancers movement home (their voice) and my own from which the movement and the choreographic decision making is coming from. This between space is the manifestation of the dance: a conversation with Place, time, history, present, and past in body.
I am thinking about ballet (one of the movement languages I feel a home in) and how it is made a heritage site. A heritage site my voice (as a Black Ballet dancer) is not always present in. What do the other dancers in the workshop feel about their dance 'homes' -
I am interested in thinking about using heritage as a len…
A lovely review of 'Light Steps' our show for early years. Performance on February 2nd 2019 at CIRCOMEDIA. Part of a project that is also about making a resource for Reception and Early years children to support them engaging with live dance. See below for why I make dance for young audiences...
"When I dance, I am aware of the transaction of my emplacement: in community with that around me. Dance narrates the somatic experience of emplacement, the sense of being a part of everywhere. Inherent in watching the professional dancers’ and musicians’ performance of ‘Light Steps’ (and other works I have made for young audiences) is the notion that dance would offer the youngaudience languages where responses to the experienced are bodily – moving away from the verbal of words to the expression of the somatic. The professional dancers andmusicians model moving in, through, and being a part of Place. The childr…
We presented a panel discussion at IABD in Ohio USA about the book Narratives in Black British Dance: Dr. Adesola Akinleye, H Patten and Namron with moderation from Mercy Nabirye and support from One Dance UK and Middlesex University.
H and Adesola were then on a panel about internationalism with Thomas Talawa Presto and Robert Soloman. Adesola was also on a panel about dance writing (Black Dance Magazine) moderated by Norma Porter.
Following that H and Adesola gave guest lectures at University of Michigan, MI and Adesola also held a guest lecture at the Boston Conservatory, MA. A lot of fun and driving in the snow!!