The Re:Generations conference earlier this month was delivered as a partnership event with ADAD, London Metropolitan University and IRIE! dance. We were delighted to see the fruits of our commission of USA based Jamaican choreographer and academic, Professor Chris Walker's Urban Fissure become a reality, when it was performed by a company of young people at the event. Youth companies from ACE dance and music, Phoenix Dance and IRIE! dance proved that the voice of dance and young people is as strong as ever despite the ongoing turmoil in keeping dance on the curriculum in schools.
There was lively debate and discussion about a range of topics, a number of academic papers reflecting on aspects of dance and some unique conversations with key Black dance pioneers from the African Diaspora, notably Senegalese dance matriarch, Germaine Acogny and US based Kariamu Welsh-Asante.
Images (clockwise from left): Kariamu Welsh-Asante, ACE youth company, Students from London Metropolitan Unitversity