Join us for Dance and Digital – our next Site Sessions event; a lively interdisciplinary discussion series, bringing together art, science, technology, philosophy and more.
Dance and Digital: Together in Electric Dreams?
Dance professionals are increasingly experimenting with technology in their practice. How can these at first quite different worlds inform each other in a positive way? We’ll hear from two professional dancers with extensive experience of working with technology: Malgorzata Dzierzon and Rosamaria Cisneros.
Malgorzata has danced with companies including Rambert and The Royal Danish Ballet and works as a choreographer and teacher. She is a member of the New Movement Collective, which is an associate company at Rambert, and part of the Wayne McGregor FreeSpace programme. Similarly, Rosamaria is a dancer, choreographer and researcher who has danced all over the world, including with UK based Protein. She regularly collaborates with technologists through her research at C-DaRE.
Come armed with questions and ideas and a readiness to learn about the developing relationship between dance and digital. You might want to limber up, too: our presenters hope to get you moving…
Venue: one of our city’s grandest spaces, the beautifully restored Brewery Room at the Sheffield Tap, conveniently located right in the city centre railway station.
Tickets: £8 or £5 for concessions, and can be purchased online here.
Due to the venue, this event is 18+.
Site Sessions is a City of Ideas project.
Image: Rosmaria Cisneros, Wholodance Project.
About the speakers
Malgorzata is a London-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer. Born in Poland, she worked as a dancer with Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet, making guest appearances with Wayne McGregor/Random Dance and the Ballet Boyz. She received two nominations for her performances in the British National Critics’ Circle Awards. As a choreographer Malgorzata works collaboratively across art forms with commissions including the Kettles’ Yard and the Serpentine Galleries. Recent choreographic credits include Flight, for Rambert (2016) and Sleepless, for Ballet Central (2017). Malgorzata is a member of New Movement Collective, where she produced and co-choreographed Casting Traces, Nest, Please Be Seated and most recently Collapse, A Period Drama. Malgorzata is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow.
Malgorzata: “Dance has the ability to tell stories, evoke images and fire our imagination using a unique medium – the human body. A choreographer choosing to work with a dancer gives them the tools and the agency, but also relies on the dancer’s sensitivity and physicality. For me, the collaboration seldom stops there. Working with other artists and technologists reveals new ways in which we can experience movement, and that influences my practice. By proposing choreography as a way to explore new technology we can continue the dialogue, so that the human experience is never removed from current developments.”
Rosamaria is a professional dancer, researcher, curator and teacher, who has lived and danced all round the world. She has danced with Protein Dance Company in the UK, and as a dance writer, regularly contributes to Bachtrack Magazine and Flamenco News. Rosamaria is involved in EU-funded projects which aim to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities, and sits on numerous Boards. She currently works at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research and the RomArchive Digital Archive, and has organised numerous festivals and exhibitions. Her dance films have screened in the UK, US, Colombia, Mexico and Germany, and her latest documentary won best documentary from the UK in 2016. Rosa has started her own production company, RosaSenCis Film Production Co., which is currently working on the Society for Dance Research Oral History Project. (www.rosasencis.org)
Rosa: “Dance has the potential to push boundaries, and the body has the ability to educate, inspire, deconstruct and rebuild traditional paradigms. The dance/digital relationship is, at the moment, exploring an unknown – so it’s pushing boundaries. It is exciting to me, as a “traditionalist”, to be part of this “modern” world of digital arts projects. I am constantly learning to negotiate how to honour certain traditions while observing and embodying new ways of thinking about dance, the digital domains and archives.”