Professionals & Artist Development

Dance and the Outdoors Symposium (8 & 9 June)

A two day digital conference bringing together practitioners, producers and presenters of outdoor dance to explore how artists are creating work for public space.

With insights from Rosemary LeeLuca Silvestrini, Jeanefer Jean Charles, Satchie Noro, Stopgap and many more, the symposium will look at a range of practice in locations from urban to rural and in contexts that cover touring to site-specific to participant-led.

Join us at these stimulating panel sessions that aim to shine a spotlight on the wealth of outdoor dance practice. We’ll explore how this distinctive yet diverse field is contributing to the development of dance – bringing new audiences, new approaches and creating interventions that transform and disrupt our relationship with the world around us.

This event is aimed at dance & outdoor performance professionals, students & recent graduates.

Full recordings and transcripts of the sessions are available to watch online.

Programme includes:

Keynote by Rosemary Lee
Drawing on her own practice of making work specifically for sites and communities, Rosemary will reflect on the considerable delights and challenges of working outdoors.

The politics & poetics of dancing outdoors
The artists in this discussion each, in different ways, uncover and explore the political resonance of the moving body in outdoor environments, the moments of poetic dissonance and harmony.

Community, co-curation and collaboration
This session will bring together artists who embed their work in communities, collaborating & co-creating with often large groups of participants.

Scenography & architecture in outdoor dance
This event will consider how dance is inspired & informed by architectural practice, how artists use the city as their set, and how work can subvert & play with the structures around us.
10:10-11:20, 9 June 2021

Digital play & exploration in outdoor dance
An exploration in the meeting points between different digital practice and creating outdoor art. 
11:30-12:40, 9 June 2021

Closing event with Rosemary Lee & Digital Scribing by Temujen Gunawardena
12.50-1.10, 9 June 2021

This conference is part of the  Outdoor Dance Collection 2021, a brand new programme also including the UK Dance Showcase (3-4 June) devised and delivered by XTRAX and Dance4 as part of Dance from England. Both events are delivered in partnership with DanceXchange, producers of BIDF.

The ODC21: UK Dance Showcase is a brand new showcase programme for artists, producers, programmers and industry professionals working in outdoor dance, both in the UK and internationally. The event takes place online 3-4 June 2021, part of BIDF‘s Outdoor Dance Collection 2021.

The programme includes artist pitching sessions from exciting new artists in the UK, Europe and North America; panel discussions and Q&As with experienced outdoor dance professionals; training sessions and facilitated networking opportunities.

National and international delegates will also have access to the Outdoor Dance Collection 2021 Catalogue, presenting a curated selection of some of the most exciting current outdoor work available for touring by UK dance artists.

The showcase event will take place on 3 and 4 June and the content will be recorded and available to view for the duration of BIDF until 13 June.

Outdoor Dance Collection 2021 is a dance and outdoor arts industry programme of events forprofessional delegates and artists as part ofBirmingham International Dance Festival. It includesUK Dance Showcase and Dance & The Outdoors Symposium.

Outdoor Dance Collection 2021: UK Dance Showcase is devised and delivered in partnership with XTRAX as part of the international showcase programme Platform 4:UK; Dance4 as part of Dance from England; and DanceXchange, producers of Birmingham International Dance Festival.

Outdoor Dance Collection 2021:Dance & The Outdoors Symposiumis devised and produced by 101 Outdoor Arts and The Place in partnership with DanceXchange producers of Birmingham International Dance Festival. This activity is supported by Platform 4:UK, XTRAX’s Arts Council of England funded project for International collaboration in outdoor arts.