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Moving Dialogues Symposium

  • Sat, 06 Apr 2019
  • 10.30 AM - 5.00 PM

















Join us for Moving Dialogues, the final event of Bluecoat's three year INHABIT programme. INHABIT, delivered in partnership with Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC), has championed the independent dancer and the role of non-dance specialists in the making of new work.

Through presentations, discussion, a workshop and performance Moving Dialogues will provide a space for artists, arts professionals, and educators to explore the practices and concerns that have emerged from LIC's extended socially engaged dance residency at Bluecoat. 

What tenderness is required to nurture an emerging aesthetic when working in collaboration? How do real lives become new territory for artists working in social contexts? How can artists and arts organisations build mutually beneficial relationships and attract new audiences? 

LIC artists Jo Blowers, Paula Hampson and Mary Prestidge have a shared ethos and collective practice which has sought new ways of working through artistic experimentation and exploration. The day will be an opportunity to reflect and share their experience of INHABIT, having worked across participation, practice innovation, programme, and audience development to create a wide-reaching programme of new dance.

Joining Paula and Mary from LIC will be members of Bluecoat's staff team and guest speakers from a range of backgrounds, including;
Dr. Sarah Black - Lecturer in dance at Hope University and co-director of the Mother's Day Project with writer Esther Willson. Sarah's research concerns the role of the mother-artist, maternal ethics and dance installation practices. 
Julie Hanna - Senior lecturer from the School of Health Sciences at University of Liverpool whose PhD research focuses on the artist's role in health and wellbeing.  
Rachel Rogers - Chair of Homotopia, Liverpool's long-running LGBTQ+ organisation and freelance Festival Producer for DaDaFest, nationally supporting dance and live artists. 
Katrina Shock - Inhabit Facilitator at Bluecoat
Bec Fearon - Head of Engagement at Bluecoat

We hope you can join us and celebrate the conclusion of INHABIT.

A number of free places are available on a discretionary basis. To enquire please email   

 Tickets are FREE for students, please contact to book your place

Tickets: £30/£20 (includes light refreshments)

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