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The Dash Arts podcast takes on big issues through an artistic lens. Hear artists, filmmakers, musicians, theatre makers and more explore the challenges facing society today. In each episode Dash Arts' Artistic Director Josephine Burton hosts conversations delving into movements, legacies and ideas that continue to shape the cultural landscape worldwide.
For more information, videos and podcasts, please head to www.dasharts.org.uk. Dash Arts is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by the Arts Council of England.

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The Dash Arts podcast takes on big issues through an artistic lens. Hear artists, filmmakers, musicians, theatre makers and more explore the challenges facing society today. In each episode Dash Arts' Artistic Director Josephine Burton hosts conversations delving into movements, legacies and ideas that continue to shape the cultural landscape worldwide.
For more information, videos and podcasts, please head to www.dasharts.org.uk. Dash Arts is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by the Arts Council of England.

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    Breaking Silence: Censorship and Self-Censorship

    Breaking Silence: Censorship and Self-Censorship

    The fourth and final episode of our podcast mini-series, Breaking Silence, explores issues of censorship, self-censorship and cancel culture in the creation of art.
    Artistic Director Josephine Burton speaks to arts consultant Manick Govinda, who co-founded Brexit Creatives, about what he sees as the art world's censorship or 'cancelling' of pro-Brexit views; Jackie Blackman, author of Beckett and Ethics, on Samuel Beckett's use of silence in his plays as a form of self-censorship; journalist Mayssa Issa, about the silencing of artists during the coronavirus pandemic with arts being considered 'non-essential'; and Turkey's 'standing man' Erdem Gündüz, whose 2013 silent protest against the Turkish government went viral.
    Through conversations with a range of acclaimed speakers across a range of disciplines, Breaking Silence explores ways in which voices, stories and cultures have been silenced both in current times and recent history, when silence can be a positive force for change, and what role the arts can play in breaking silences.
    Links
    Watch the music video for Danser Encore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyBEMRyt6Qg
    Buy Beckett and Ethics: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/1605839840_beckett-and-ethics/9781441151179 
    Find out more about Brexit Creatives on their Twitter @brexitcreatives
    Photo credit
    Erdem Gündüz, standing in Istanbul's Taksim Square in June 2013 as a silent protest against the Turkish government.


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    • 43 min
    Breaking Silence: Across Borders

    Breaking Silence: Across Borders

    The third episode of our podcast mini-series, Breaking Silence, looks at the silencing of cultural identity across national, ethnic and religious borders and ways in which international artists are unearthing these issues in their work.
    Artistic Director Josephine Burton speaks to theatre-maker Krzysztof Czyzewski, whose Borderlands project aims to revive the multicultural heritage of Poland’s Sejny region in the aftermath of war; Kurdish singer Nawroz Oranari, who was forced to flee his homeland of Iraq for his politically-charged music and eventually seek asylum in Europe; and theatre director Athina Kasiou about the Cypriot endeavour to claim authorship of its own identity and how her work and that of her fellow artists navigates this.
    Through conversations with a range of acclaimed speakers across a range of disciplines, Breaking Silence explores ways in which voices, stories and cultures have been silenced both in current times and recent history, when silence can be a positive force for change, and what role the arts can play in breaking silences.
    Links
    Citizens of the Word Choir: https://www.citizensoftheworldchoir.org/ 
    Photo credit
    Cast members in Borderland Foundation's 2008 production The Sejny Chronicles at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York as part of the Borderlanders: Finding Their Voice festival. Photography by Jonathan Slaff.


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    • 43 min
    Breaking Silence: Women and Trauma

    Breaking Silence: Women and Trauma

    The second episode of our podcast mini-series, Breaking Silence, features writers and practitioners who are addressing the silencing of women and giving voice to female experience through artistic mediums. 
    Dash Arts' Artistic Director Josephine Burton speaks to theatre-maker Lucy Dear (All in Your Head); screenwriter and playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida; Her Naked Skin); theatre director Athina Kasiou (A Thousand Ships); and art therapist Diane Waller. Topics range from hidden stories of domestic abuse and coercive control, to the forgotten experiences of suffragettes, to the marginalised women of classical literature, to the power of theatre to give voice to those that have been silenced. 
    Through conversations with a range of acclaimed speakers across a range of disciplines, Breaking Silence explores ways in which voices, stories and cultures have been silenced both in current times and recent history, when silence can be a positive force for change, and what role the arts can play in breaking silences. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to help boost us in the charts!
    Content warning: this episode contains conversation about domestic abuse and mention of suicide, so please take care while listening.
    Links
    Lucy Dear’s play All In Your Head: http://www.lucydear.com/#all-in-your-head 
    Project Sezon, Athina Kasiou’s theatre company: https://www.project-season.org/ 
    Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s film Ida: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/ida-a-film-masterpiece 
    Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s play Her Naked Skin: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2008/aug/08/hernakedskinagutreaction
    Music credits
    Intro music: Fakiiritanssi by Marouf Majidi
    Outro music: On the Edge of your Spring by Sasha Ilyukevich
    Photo credit
    A still taken from the 2013 film Ida, co-written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

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    • 45 min
    Breaking Silence: The Pact of Forgetting

    Breaking Silence: The Pact of Forgetting

    In the first episode of our four-part podcast series Breaking Silence, we examine Pacto del Olvido, Spain's 'pact of forgetting' - a collective decision to forget the thousands of crimes against humanity under Franco's 40-year dictatorship. Many of those who committed atrocities have still not been prosecuted and held to account, and Franco's victims continue to seek justice to this day.
    Dash Arts' Artistic Director Josephine Burton speaks to filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar about their multi-award-winning documentary The Silence of Others, Executive Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, which reveals the struggle of Spanish activists to organise a groundbreaking international lawsuit.
    Speakers also include film director Manuel Huerga, whose film Salvador is based on the life and death of Salvador Puig Antich – the last person to be executed by garrote under Franco's regime; and author Aaron Shulman, whose book The Age of Disenchantments brings to life the regime's devastating impact through the eyes of one family and the works of poetry and art that they lived by.
    Through conversations with a range of internationally-renowned speakers, Breaking Silence explores ways in which voices, stories and cultures have been silenced both in current times and recent history, when silence can be a positive force for change, and what role the arts can play in breaking silences. Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to help boost us in the charts!
    Links
    The Silence of Others: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/silenceofothers
    The Age of Disenchantments – The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War: https://aaronshulman.com/the-book/
    El Mirador De La Memoria: https://zm.lavilladusoleil.com/11056-el-mirador-de-la-memoria-the-monument-to-the-victims.html
    Manuel Huerga: http://manuelhuerga.com/salvador/
    Music credits
    Intro music: Fakiiritanssi by Marouf Majidi
    Outro music: On the Edge of your Spring by Sasha Ilyukevich
    Photo credit
    Almudena Carracedo © Semilla Verde Productions, from documentary The Silence of Others. Description: María Martín sits by the road which covers the mass grave containing her mother’s remains.

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    • 45 min
    Dust and Shadow

    Dust and Shadow

    In this episode of the podcast, we delve into the remarkable history of 59 Brick Lane in London’s East End. With the Dash Arts base in East London’s Toynbee Studios and events regularly hosted at Rich Mix London, this ever-evolving building has long been our neighbour.
    A spiritual and communal home to thousands over the centuries; 59 Brick Lane was born as a Huguenot church, later becoming a Methodist church, then a synagogue, and is now home to the Brick Lane Mosque.
     
    To get to grips with this building’s huge legacy, host and Dash Arts Artistic Director Josephine Burton is joined by the Vice Chair of the Brick Lane Mosque Harmuz Ali, author Rachel Lichtenstein, who researched the building as part of her book On Brick Lane, architect and co-curator of the UK’s architectural pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale Shahed Saleem, architect Dan Leon (who worked with Shahed on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday multi-faith architectural project), director of the Swadhinata Trust Ansar Ahmed Ullah, academic and curator Rosalind Parker, who has written about faith in the public space, and Rebekah Coffman, an American academic at NYU whose research focuses on architectural reuse.
    If you enjoyed the podcast, don't forget to rate, review and subscribe! It helps to boost us in the podcast charts and reach more people.
    See Rachel Lichtenstein's online project A Memory Map of the Jewish East End here
    To buy Rachel Lichtenstein’s book On Brick Lane click here
    Find out more about the Friday, Saturday and Sunday multi-faith architectural project here
    Find out about the Swadhinata Trust here
    See the Brick Lane Mosque website here
    Listen to more Dash Arts Podcasts here
    Music credits:
    Umbra Sumus - Jah Wobble
    Pagamenska - Oi Va Voi

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    • 48 min
    Arvo Pärt: Time, Text and Tintinnabuli

    Arvo Pärt: Time, Text and Tintinnabuli

    In October 2020 we hosted our first ever Digital Dash Café EUROPEANS: ARVO PÄRT to celebrate Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday, and were overwhelmed and delighted to be joined by almost 300 screens from 25 countries.
    Due to popular demand, we’ve turned the event into a podcast, with some new, bonus content for our listeners. We were joined by son of the composer and Chairman of the Arvo Pärt Centre, Michael Pärt, violinist Andres Kaljuste and pianist Sophia Rahman to listen to Pärt’s music and discuss his life and work. Hosted by Josephine Burton, hear snippets of Spiegel im Spiegel, Fratres, Für Alina and Estonian Lullaby played at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia, with brand new questions posed to our guests.
    With thanks to the following organisations and individuals for supporting this event: Riin Eensalu and the Arvo Pärt Centre; Kersti Kirs, Kadri-Liis Turton and the Estonian Embassy in London (principal funders), Tammo Sumera, Kaupo Kikkas, Rebecca Dawson, Universal Edition and Deirdre Bates at MDS / Schott Music.
    
Compositions by Arvo Pärt played by Sophia Rahman and Andres Kaljuste:

    Fratres 
    Für Alina 
    Spiegel im Spiegel

    Estonian Lullaby
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

AEW 2021 ,

Thought provoking and powerful

Very much enjoying this Silence series of podcasts. Excellently curated covering topics that are both thought provoking and powerful.

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Second hand memory

A really powerful podcast on second hand memory and transference of trauma. Relevant, insightful, important.

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Great series of podcasts on art and history - a delight

Highly recommend

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