10 episodes

From emerging artists to legendary figures, this podcast gives voice to the African and Caribbean Diaspora. In each episode, Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity, speaks to pioneering Black dancers, artists, choreographers, activists, academics and leaders within the arts and heritage sector.

A Dialogue With Masters Serendipity

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From emerging artists to legendary figures, this podcast gives voice to the African and Caribbean Diaspora. In each episode, Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity, speaks to pioneering Black dancers, artists, choreographers, activists, academics and leaders within the arts and heritage sector.

    Building and Maintaining Legacy with Jonzi D

    Building and Maintaining Legacy with Jonzi D

    In the final episode of our series focused on creating socially engaged art, Pawlet Brookes talks to Jonzi D–MC, dancer, spoken word artist, and Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention. Jonzi explores and discusses UK hip hop culture, creating spaces and his interpretation of ownership, terminology, and legacy. He shares the inspiration behind Breakin’ Convention and previews his new undertaking, the Hip Hop Theatre Academy.

    • 25 min
    Creating and Finding Community with Eduardo Vilaro

    Creating and Finding Community with Eduardo Vilaro

    In the second episode of our series focused on creating socially engaged art, Pawlet Brookes speaks with Eduardo Vilaro: dancer, choreographer, educator, and Artistic Director, and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. Eduardo talks about his start in professional dance in the 70s, the people who paved the way for him and Ballet Hispánico and the company’s ongoing work, his approach towards diversity and inclusion, and his interpretation of collaboration, community, and recognition. 

    • 30 min
    Mentoring and Mentorship with Joseph Toonga

    Mentoring and Mentorship with Joseph Toonga

    In the first episode of our series focused on creating socially engaged art, Pawlet Brookes talks with Dancer, Choreographer, and Director of Just Us Dance Theatre, Joseph Toonga. Joseph’s work explores themes around Blackness, tenderness, and vulnerability in masculinity. He and Pawlet discuss his latest works “Born to Manifest” and “Born to Protest,” his own journey with layered identity, and his thoughts on visibility, platform-creation, mentorship, empowerment, and cultural identity. 

    • 28 min
    Professor Stephen Small: Where are we now? Why are we here? Where will we be?

    Professor Stephen Small: Where are we now? Why are we here? Where will we be?

    Stephen Small is a Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Stephen was born and raised in Liverpool and is a child of the Windrush generation, and in this conversation with Pawlet Brookes, he discusses growing up with a Black father and white mother in Liverpool, institutional racism, the long long history of people of Black people in Britain, the Windrush scandal, and more.

    • 36 min
    Arts At The Intersection with Alice Sheppard

    Arts At The Intersection with Alice Sheppard

    Alice Sheppard was recently disabled and about to get tenure as a professor of medieval studies when she saw a dance performance by a disabled artist that changed her life. The dancer dared her to take a dance class, and she never looked back. In this episode, Alice talks more about her story, her philosophy of artistic creation, and her work. Transcript: https://bit.ly/DialoguePod

    • 26 min
    Finding Your Voice with Ivan Blackstock

    Finding Your Voice with Ivan Blackstock

    Are we in the age of the multi-disciplinary artist? Ivan Blackstock thinks so. Ivan Blackstock is a multifaceted artist with a passion for choreography and street culture. He is the artistic director of CRXSS PLATFXRM, an arts organisation focused on multi-disciplinary collaboration and community. In this wide-ranging conversation, Ivan delves into his creation process, his mental health journey, and his belief in the importance of cross-pollination. Transcript: https://bit.ly/DialoguePod

    • 30 min

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