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Panel Discussion: ReWorking Rhythms, part of Dance Umbrella 2023

In a dance studio with wooden walls, four panellists sit on chairs behind a bench with a water jug and glasses. They all smile. Behind the panellists, a long freestanding poster advertising Dance Umbrella Festival.
Panel Discussion: ReWorking Rhythms, with speakers Raquel Meseguer Zafe, Sho Shibata and Xan Dye, facilitated by Tarik Elmoutawakil. Presented by Independent Dance in collaboration with Dance Umbrella and Team London Bridge as part of Dance Umbrella 2023 and held at Siobhan Davies Studios. Photo Cheniece Warner

We are delighted to be presenting this talk in collaboration with Dance Umbrella and Team London Bridge.

Join us for in person or online for a discussion about access and inclusion when making, performing or producing performance. Drawing on their own experiences as artists, the panellists Raquel Meseguer Zafe, Sho Shibata and Xan Dye, facilitated by Tarik Elmoutawakil, will examine what is given time in the creative process and how those decisions affect or limit what is made, seen and valued. Using the idea of rhythm as a lens, we will focus on how working practices in the arts can and should better reflect the sometimes-conflicting needs of society.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A with audiences.

A recording of this event will be available to watch until 31 October to Dance Umbrella Digital Pass holders. It will also be made available on Independent Dance’s digital library after the event.


Accessibility information:
This event is BSL interpreted. The livestream will also feature live captioning.

For in person ticket holders:
Siobhan Davies Studios is a wheelchair-accessible building. There will be chairs and some soft-floor seating. The event will be relaxed and if you tick, shout or move about you are welcome. The event aims to be anxiety-friendly: you will not be directly asked to participate, and doors will be left open so you will be able to leave and come back as and when you wish.


This talk is part of dance it, dance it, a year-long Independent Dance programme conceived by Heni Hale and Nikki Tomlinson which aims to foreground disabled, neurodivergent and d/Deaf artists as leaders and widen the dissemination of anti-ableist dance practices. Partner organisations on different strands of the programme include Candoco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, The Work Room, Dance Umbrella and Team London Bridge.  This programme is supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with subsidized space at Siobhan Davies Studios.