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Produced and devised by 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and The Place, in partnership with BIDF

Dance & The Outdoors Symposium

Tuesday 8th Jun 2021 — Sunday 26th Sep 2021, Online

On the left is a photograph of a woman in a carnival style outfit, with purple feathers and an embellished top. She is dancing along the street with another woman behind her. To the right is a separate photo of bodies piled up in multicoloured clothing, in a small doorway.

Dance & The Outdoors Symposium was a two day digital conference bringing together practitioners, producers and presenters of outdoor dance who explored how artists are creating work for public space.

You can find video recordings from the event with accompanying transcripts below.

With insights from Rosemary Lee, Luca Silvestrini, Jeanefer Jean Charles, Satchie Noro, Stopgap and many more, the symposium looked at a range of practices in locations from urban to rural and in contexts that covered touring to site-specific to participant-led.

These stimulating panel sessions shined a spotlight on the wealth of outdoor dance practice and explored how this distinctive yet diverse field is contributing to the development of dance – bringing new audiences, new approaches and creating interventions that transform and disrupt our relationship with the world around us.

Introduction and Keynote by Rosemary Lee

The Politics and Poetics of Working Outdoors

Community Co-Creation & Collaboration

Scenography, Architecture and Outdoor Dance

Digital Play and Exploration in Outdoor Dance

Wrap Up Session

This conference was part of the Outdoor Dance Collection 2021, a brand new programme also including the UK Dance Showcase devised and delivered by XTRAX and Dance4 as part of Dance from England. Both events were delivered in partnership with DanceXchange, producers of BIDF.

Photo credits: (Left) Hackney Carnival 2019 - Tropical Isles (by Sean Pollock) (Right) Willi Dorner Urban Bodies (by Lisa Rastl).