Event: 18th May, Border Crossings : Creativity, Performance and the Transnational

Border Crossings: Creativity, Performance, and the Transnational

Saturday 18th May 2019, 12 – 5pm

Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London

Join us for a day of workshops, installations, and performances exploring creative border crossings and the politics of performance-making in the contemporary city.

The day brings together diverse communities of practice based in London, including makers of Bolivian panpipe music, traditional Polish and Ecuadorian dance, and contemporary dance improvisation, to explore the creative processes, material cultures, and politics of making performance through transnational connection. Pick up some steps in practical dance workshops and see them performed in group presentations, have a go with traditional instruments and dress and learn about the groups’ creative work, join a participatory procession from the Turbine Hall, and be part of a synchronised movement score between London and Quito (Ecuador).

Participating groups include: Polish dance group Mazury; Ecuadorian dance group Renacer; Bolivian panpipe group Sikuris Sin Fronteras; and dance-makers from London Contact Improvisation and Contact Improvisación Quito.  

Border Crossings forms part of a three-day series of events at Tate Exchange, Making Moves: Three Positions, which considers movement as a site of creative power and possibility. Led by an interdisciplinary team from Royal Holloways’ Departments of Drama, Theatre & Dance, Geography, Modern Languages, Music, and Electronic Engineering, the days aim to foster exchange between academic and practitioner communities and the wider public in a space of collaborative action that explores the power of art and performance-making in creating diverse forms of social and cultural activism. Other events in the series:

Thursday 16th May, Avant-garde Women, Activism, and Dissent

A day of interactive workshops exploring interventions made by women in historical and contemporary avant-garde works to think about the potential of radical art as feminist practice.

Friday 17th May, Vocal Spaces and the Radicant Gallery

A day of creative activities led by electronic engineers and theatre practitioners investigating walking as action, political and cultural ways of staying together, and the effects of movement on encounters with the human voice.

More information to be published on the Tate Exchange website soon.


Photo sources (clockwise from top left): Srik Narayanan; Brian Evans; Paul Quezada; Ingrid Guyon.