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.
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!!
We are busy in rehearsal for our up-coming tour of dance and music performance work: 'Light Steps' for young audiences 2 to 5+ years and their families. 'Found' for young audiences 4 to 7+ years and their families.
Both performance works have been co-created with young people. Light Steps was inspired by the Turner Contemporary, Margate Summer of Colour exhibit of work by Spencer Finch in 2014. We worked with the Reception classes of a local primary school to research and develop what has now become the performance work 'Light Steps'.
'Found' developed from a larger project working with three Museums and three schools in 2016. This larger project was called the ILA project we again worked with the young people to co-create the story and elements of the final performance work 'Found'. You can see the steps of the making of Found at www.ilaproject.com
We are now in rehearsal getting the artistic team ready for an exciting tour later this year.