Ancestral Voices: Dance Dialogues is a conversation between past, present and future, bringing together leading dance practitioners from Senegal, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad and the UK. The conference is an exploration of the roots of contemporary dance styles, examining contemporary dance techniques from the African and African Caribbean diaspora with the pioneers who have developed them.
Ancestral Voices: Dance Dialogues welcomes Germaine Acogny (France/Senegal) as keynote speaker, founder of L’Ecole des Sables and Janti-Bi dance companies. Other speakers will include L’Antoinette Stines (Jamaica), founder of L’Acadco and creator of Caribbean dance technique, L’Antech; Namron (UK), founding member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre; Bob Ramdhanie (Trinidad-UK), former director of Black Dance Development Trust and Kokuma Dance Company; Barbara Ramos (Cuba), Artistic Director of Danza Del Caribe; Jeanguy Saintus (Haiti), founder of Ayikodans. The proceedings will be chaired by Pawlet Brookes, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Serendipity.
Ancestral Voices: Dance Dialogues uncovers the rich cultural history of the African and African Caribbean diaspora and documents how this has shaped contemporary dance practice internationally, recognising the contemporary ground-breakers who have developed new aesthetics, grounded in tradition. It honours ancestral voices, whilst codifying and preserving a legacy for the next generation.