Keep Listening Keep Talking

Sharon Watson, photo Benji Reid
Sharon Watson, photo Benji Reid

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.

Stemming from an HE Round Table led by ID and Dr Adesola Akinleye in 2020, Keep Listening, Keep Talking takes the form of three conversations among artists working in the academic sphere. Each conversation starts with a short provocation by a guest speaker with lived experience of racism in HE contexts and each provocation relates to specific teaching, learning and research issues.

Hosted by ID, the first talk featured Carla Trim-Vamben, senior lecturer and programme leader of BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice degree at the University of East London. Her provocation spoke of ‘the fear of being free’ in improvisational dance forms.

The second talk in the series was hosted by Sarah Whatley of C-DaRE and researcher, writer and academic Sara Reed with guest speaker Matthew Gough, dance artist, dramaturg, and senior lecturer at University of South Wales. This session focused on ‘equitable negotiations for cultural change’.

The third and last in the series welcomed a provocation from Sharon Watson, CEO and Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, hosted by Shantel Ehrenberg, Co-Director of Centre of Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey.