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Modes of Capture Symposium 2021 | Decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment / May 21-23

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Modes of Capture Symposium 2021 is presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL), Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival.

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 May


If you would prefer to attend only one day of the symposium, you can book a 1-day ticket below:

Book Friday 1-Day Ticket HERE

Book Saturday 1-Day Ticket HERE

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

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 minoritized 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.

“Emboldened by the relative protection of Zoom ... I was able to witness dancers from around the world speak about their practice, how choreographies were created, and what it meant to them to perform. While lacking the joy of live

dance, the online format ... offered me something new instead.” — The Irish Times

Dates / Times:

Friday 21 May: 10am - 5.30pm + evening event 7pm - 8.30pm

Saturday 22 May: 10am - 5.30pm + evening performance 7pm - 8pm

Sunday 23 May: 10am - 1.30pm


This event will take place via Zoom with some events streamed live. We recommend that you download Zoom to your computer in advance (www.zoom.us/download). Closed captioning will be available on Zoom calls.

Zoom links and additional information will be sent via email 48 hours before the start of the symposium. In the meantime, visit modesofcapturesymposium.org for full schedule, speaker information and updates.

For queries about the symposium, please contact admin@lizrochecompany.com.

Photo: Steve O'Connor