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Intimacy & the Civic with Nita Little + Vanessa Grasse

Nita Little by Tunisphoto (2019)

For our first Intimacy and the Civic talk we welcome artists Nita Little and Vanessa Grasse to be in conversation, online.

This year ID is replacing our long-running Crossing Borders talks with a new series of conversations between artists which will take place over the next year. We are producing this new series in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and Roehampton University, with events happening at each host organisation as well as online. The talks take the title Intimacy and the Civic as a starting point.

Consciousness around both is of course so heightened this year – with restrictions to proximity and touch bringing about a longing for, as well as a fear, of intimacy, and loss of intimacy on an incalculable scale through distancing and death. This coexisting with an urgent need to pay attention to our civic structures and social responsibilities, and to social justice.

Intimacy implies a porosity of the edges between self and other, bodily and emotional entanglements, lines that become knotted, notions of care and kinship and also the potential for transgression. The civic implies social organising, boundaries, mechanisms and rules, but also shared spaces holding diverse cultures and functions.

We are curious about the ways these notions might meet, seemingly so at odds with each other. What is the place and the potency of dance within all of this? How can dance enable cohesion, and repair?