Keep Listening, Keep Talking #1 with Carla Trim-Vamben (2021)

Carla Trim-Vamben is a senior lecturer and programme leader of the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice degree at the University of East London. Carla’s provocation related to ‘the fear of being free’ in improvisational dance forms. In her words:

I deliver an undergraduate degree programme that focuses on popular and social dance forms. I often ask why students are afraid of freestyling and feel safer staying in the boundaries of technique exercises? Is the transmission of popular and social dances within academic institutions creating a culture of fear? How do we ensure that the freedom that is inherent in these styles is accessible?

– Carla Trim-Vamben

Keep Listening, Keep Talking (2020–1) is a partnership initiative by Independent Dance, Dance in Higher Education, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University and Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey.