Dance & Diversity Report – Phase 2

More Similiarities than Differences: Searching for New PathwaysMore Similarities than Differences: Searching for New Pathways is the title of the report which summarises the research carried out in Phase 2 of the Dance and Diversity project conducted by IRIE! dance theatre and City & Islington College.

Here’s an extract of this report taken from the Introduction:

Dance and Diversity is an action-based research project that looks at the place of cultural diversity in dance education and practice with particular reference to African and Caribbean dance forms. The project was designed to take place in three phases and is directed by Beverley Glean the Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre and Rosie Lehan Dance Lecturer at City & Islington College.  Phase One (2004-2005 funded by NESTA) of the research focused on practice in the UK and is summarised in the report “Taking Stock and Making it Happen” produced by IRIE! dance theatre and accompanied by a DVD. Phase Two (2006-2008 funded by ACE) looked at cultural diversity in an International context and aimed to broaden the appeal of the work. Phase Three (2009 onwards) has focused on disseminating the findings of Phase Two by collaborating with strategic partners such as ADAD to debate material at National and International events, celebrating the work of artists, educators and young people promoting cultural diversity in dance.

This paper concerns Phase Two and focuses on a research trip made by the directors in 2007 to the USA, Jamaica, Cuba and Ghana viewing examples of good practice in dance education and practice. Representing very different levels of resources and political engagement with the arts, the directors felt that each country would be able to offer an insight into the development and survival of African and Caribbean dance forms in a multitude of arenas, all potentially insightful for the purpose of the research.

The following is an abbreviated list of contents of this 37-page report:

1.INTRODUCTION

2. SECTION 1 - USA
Case Studies
Urban Bush Women
Barbara Bashaw
Professor Kariamu Welsh

3. SECTION 2 - THE CARIBBEAN - JAMAICA
Case Studies
Rex Nettleford and the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica
L’Antoinette Stines and L’ACADCO-United Caribbean Force
Barry Moncrieffe
Neila Ebanks
Maria Smith and The Jamaican Development Commission

4. SECTION 3 – THE CARIBBEAN – CUBA
Case Studies
Eduardo Rivera and Compaigne de la Danza Caribe
Adrian Wanliss

5. SECTION 4 - WEST AFRICA – GHANA
Case Studies
Dr Willie Anku and Dr Newman
Dr Isaac Amuah
George Dzikunu

6. CONCLUSION – The Way Forward

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