In this podcast, professional 'dance-geek' Dr Ruth Pethybridge speaks with independent dance artists about their artistic practice, the role of dance in thier lives and how to manifest a future in which dance is part of all of our everyday lives.
Abundant Rhythms with Vidya Patel
57:20In the March episode I talk to choreographer and South Aisan Dance advocate Vidya Patel about her training in Khatak and since BBC young dancer how she is discovering her authentic practice, about what we mean when we say 'technique' and not living up to audience expectations. We also discuss how there is more to life than dance (say whaaaaat???)! Vidya's dance artist network: https://www.danceartists.co.uk For Kathak classes with Sujata Banerjee, Vidya's teacher: https://www.sbdc-kathak.com The Book I refer to in this weeks 'Geek Out': India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective by Margaret E. Walker and Professor Keith Howard
Falling in love and flying high with Grace Sellwood
48:54This episode is around a table with my guest Grace Sellwood and regulars on the pod Robyn Alvarez and Luca Vaccari, we discuss our love/hate relationship to dancing in a nod to Valentines day and the knife edge anxitement of performing as well as how grown ups need to play. There is a lot of local love in the room this month.
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Inspiring Movement with Kevin Turner
57:58In this episode Ruth talks to Kevin Turner, Artistic Director of Company Chameleon based in Manchester, UK. We discuss what inspiration really means and how Kevin uses dance to explore and share his own experiences, values and desires for social change. Kevin reveals his undercover identity (?!) and talks openly about his own mental health struggles. Plus, abit of Whitney Houston anyone?! Kevin is, quite simply, an inspiration... Book References from this episode: Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy by Lynne Segal Depression: A Public Feeling by Ann Cvetkovich Dancing in the Streets, A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich
Christmas Special! Queering the Nutcracker
1:10:59In this episode Ruth, Robyn and Luca queer the iconic ballet that comes around every Christmas: The Nutcracker with music by Tchaikovsky. We discuss heteronormativity in ballet, gender roles and their toys, etymology, how rats could be queer icons and the best drag act around - the sugar plum fairy. We had such fun doing this episode and hope you enjoy it as much as we did, because, well, it's a cracker! (apart from a slightly rough around the edges edit, because you can't get everything right at this time of year) For your reference we watched the Russian Ballet full version available on You Tube for all to see, but of course there are numerous iterations and we also discuss Matthew Bourne's production. Merry Queermas everyone!
Dance Is Not a Luxury with Camille Barton
1:00:16In this episode I talk to Camille Barton, embodiment researcher, artist and activist about how from beginnings in ballet they have taken to seeking what feels good in thier body and learnt that this has more to do with spirals and circles than straight lines. We share our love of BASS music and Camille discusses the body as a channel for both joy and grief, while Robyn and Luca reflect on creating the spaces we want to see in the world. In this weeks geek out I check out ‘I love myself when I am dancing and carrying on: refiguring the agency of black women’s creative expression in Jamaican Dancehall culture' by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, how could I resist a title like that?!
Taking time to un-learn with Theo Clinkard
1:10:15In this episode I had the pleasure of taking time to talk with Theo Clinkard about unlearning the many rules and assumptions that being a dancer can leave us with, letting go of right/wrong binaries and 're-hobbying' dance. We ask just what is the opposite of practice, if practice is all you have and Theo discusses about his brave and compelling new work 'The Century Project' a performance spanning 100 years which seeks to open up time rather than conume it.... and because its nearly Halloween there's even some talk of ghosts!
Series 2 teaser
9:15A teaser to introduce you to the regular contributers on the Dance Futures podcast and a reminder from your favourite dance geek Dr Ruth Pethybridge that this is the podcast for you whether you are a trained professional or a regular on the kitchen disco circuit. We discuss what being a 'dancer' means in different ways to different people and why we'll never go on strictly... See you on the dance floor!
Christmas Collage: A lost conversation about pedagogical relationships in dance
26:41In this episode Ruth and ‘finger on the pulse’ Robyn Alvarez unpack the beginning of a lost conversation with Sofie Parsons and Kuldip Singh Barmi about the relationship between students and teachers in dance. It’s like a teaser, but better, especially because it ends with a Christmas song that will make you smile.
Choreographing Care with Grace Nicol
48:45On this final episode of the current series Ruth talks to choreographer Grace Nicol about why the show mustn’t always go on, how we can create structures of support and care for ourselves and each other, and how there is a place for both slow art and the kind that let’s go of preciousness in order to just...begin.... Grace reminds us to have patience as we negotiate our new relationships to dance and performance in the future. In the last dance geek out Ruth reflects on loss with Judith Butler.
‘Working it’ with Gillie Kleiman
56:54Treat yourself to some ‘new thoughts’ this lockdown! This week on Dance Futures Ruth chats to Gillie Kleiman about how the question ‘what do you do?’ always makes her uncomfortable and why taking pleasure in dancing is as important as how we define our professional role (lest we forget why we started doing it in the first place). Gillie also speaks up for the radical potential of friendship. Plus in an age of capitalism, if we live to work then what does that make life? Also in this episode Robyn treats us to another string from her bow and Ruth geeks out about pole dancing.