This event was part of our 2021 Edition

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021 Decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment

Presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL), Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival

A 3-day online symposium for dance artists, collaborators and arts professionals.

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021
Modes Of Capture Symposium © Luca Truffarelli
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Fri 21—Sun 23 May 2021

This year’s Modes of Capture Symposium explores the theme of decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment within current modes of dancemaking and documentation.

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€25 (full weekend ticket)
€10 (single day ticket)



How long?

Fri 21 May: 10am – 5:30pm & 7pm-8:30pm
Sat 22 May: 10am – 5:30pm & 7pm-8pm
Sun 23 May: 10am – 1:30pm

Closed captioning will be available on Zoom.

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Fri 21 May

Sat 22 May

Sun 23 May

Located in Ireland, where bodies have only in recent years unravelled processes of colonisation by church and state, the conference invites investigations from an Irish and international perspective. We ask how colonial thinking influences the formation of dancers and dance practice. We question what counts as archival material and whether bodily expression can be understood as testimony when the ‘bodies of evidence’ are missing. 

This theme resonates with current international calls to decolonise dance studies and to allow the expression of multiple narratives and minoritised positions on creative dancemaking processes. Curators Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman, have brought together a group of remarkable local and international academics, dance artists, practitioners and scholars for the event, who will be sharing their work through a series of recorded presentations, live-streamed discussions, workshops and performances. 

Symposium Themes

  • What is the interrelation between documentation, surveillance, self-observation and self-moderation in dance and how might we understand disconnections between internal sensing and external surveillance? 
  • How can we explore choreography as a container for experience, an embodied archive that can be transmitted to and/or can colonise other dancing bodies? 
  • How is visibility given through the markings of dance techniques and how are subjects made invisible when operating outside specific techniques and genres? 
  • Who are the voices/bodies ‘missing’ from the repertoire, history, discussions and development of dance? 
  • How can we expand and/or decolonize training and programmes of study/funding to ensure minoritised and differently abled bodies engage in dance practices and research at all levels? 
  • How does technology colonise dancing bodies and how might more awareness of the ubiquitous influence of technological tools reinstate a sense of agency in our practices? 
  • How is dance positioned in Ireland as a creative practice and how can we draw on international networks to share international best practices in capturing its vitality and liveness?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Prarthana Purkayastha, Senior Lecturer in Dance at Royal Holloway University of London

Featured Speakers/Presenters include:

Qudus Onikeku (Film and Q&A)
Dr Fearghus O’Conchuir (Presentation)
Gilles Jobin (Presentation)
Charles Koroneho (Workshop)
Lucia Kickham (Performance)

Lucia Kickham will present her new work, Middle End Beginning, streamed from the Irish World Academy on Saturday 22nd May. Commissioned by Liz Roche Company with support from an Arts Council Commission Award, this work explores shifting perspectives and collective management of space. It is a solo dance performance that is in a real-time conversation with collaborators that will include a lighting designer, sound designer, dance writer and observing dance artist. Lucia Kickham is Liz Roche Company’s Associate Dance Artist 2019 - 2021.

  • Liz Roche Company
  • Irish World Academy
  • University of Limerick

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