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Seeing, Saying, Sensing Talk with Jo Bannon and Charlotte Darbyshire

Jo Bannon, image Paul Samuel White

Taking place in the Rosebery Room at Sadler’s Wells, choreographer Jo Bannon is in conversation with collaborator and Artistic Director of Candoco Dance Company, Charlotte Darbyshire. Together and with the audience they explore Jo’s research into how specific bodies, identities, and sensory perceptions impact how we experience the world around us, and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed.

The conversation takes its inspiration from Jo’s current research ‘Blind Magic’ that explores the imaginative dance between the hidden choreographies that deception and dexterity present within sleight of hand magic shows, dance, and the lived experience of visual disability.

This work sits at the intersection between sensory awareness practices taught in dance training, the tactile sleight of hand techniques used within magic and illusionist acts, and the overt and covert strategies (or crip expertise) implemented by visually disabled people navigating the world through senses other than sight.

This talk is presented by Independent Dance in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and complements the Seeing, Saying, Sensing weekend lab led by Jo Bannon, Holly Thomas and Katherine Hall at Siobhan Davies Studios exploring how we see, say, and sense the world around us.

The talk will be recorded and available in Independent Dance’s Digital Library following the event.

Supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Booking via Sadler’s Wells