Crossing Borders (2007 – 2019)

Crossing Borders 2018: Efrosini Protopapa and Susanne Foellmer. Choreo-reading: between knowledge.

A 12-year programme of talks between artists and practitioners in other fields, Crossing Borders started through a partnership with PAL Labs which explored intersections and divergent thinking about ecology, change-making, cognitive processing and politics of space with key thinkers from various social science disciplines including anthropologist Tim Ingold, neuroscientist Guy Claxton and Nigel Thrift, human geographer.

Between 2007-2019 it was a regular conversation series featuring speakers from across disciplines, from artist Jo Bannon and writer Maddy Costa discussing We Are F*cked, to dance artists Zinzi Minott and Greta Mendez discussing Black women in dance, then, now, and sideways, to film maker Miranda Pennell and anthropologist Massimiliano Mollona talking about where dance and performance function as an anthropological study.

Partner organisations supporting Crossing Borders have included London Contemporary Dance School, Sadler’s Wells, Roehampton University and the Society for Dance Research.

The full catalogue of Crossing Borders audio files – around 100 talks in all – is being prepared for the digital library and will be available from December 2021.

Crossing Borders fosters out-of-the-box thinking by inviting artists alongside academics, scientists, practitioners: interesting people with interesting research. ID nudges the way in which we think about and talk about dance, and everything around it

-Julie Havelund