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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.

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.

    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
    Dance and Identity with Akeim Toussaint Buck

    Dance and Identity with Akeim Toussaint Buck

    Akeim Toussaint Buck is an interdisciplinary performer and maker who works across dance, song, and spoken word. His work looks at identity and diversity in Britain and how an individual can navigate questions of layered identity. In this episode, Akeim discusses the thinking behind his latest work, Windows of Displacement, a piece that draws on contexts of imperialism and colonialism to create a story of the past, present, and future of humanity. Transcript: https://bit.ly/LDIFpodcast

    • 28 min
    Being a Black British Flamenco dancer with Yinka Esi Graves

    Being a Black British Flamenco dancer with Yinka Esi Graves

    Yinka Esi Graves is a Black-British Flamenco dancer living and working in Seville. In one sense, Yinka brings the influences of the African diaspora to Spain and Flamenco, but in another, she is accessing an influence and connection that already exists. In this episode, we discuss the hidden African history in Flamenco and Yinka’s new work, The Disappearing Act,  which investigates questions of visibility and presence. Transcript: https://bit.ly/LDIFpodcast

    • 32 min
    Codifying Black Dance with Thomas Prestø

    Codifying Black Dance with Thomas Prestø

    Thomas Prestø is a choreographer, the founder and artistic director of Tabanka Dance Ensemble in Oslo, Norway, and the creator of Talawa Technique. Talawa Technique is a method of codifying African Caribbean dance styles. In this episode, Pawlet Brookes speaks to Thomas about his groundbreaking work in notation around Black dance and the challenges and successes of Tabanka Dance Ensemble. Transcript: https://bit.ly/SerendipityPodcast

    • 31 min
    Trailer: A Dialogue With Masters

    Trailer: A Dialogue With Masters

    A new series from Serendipity. 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. (Transcripts will be available for all episodes.) Learn more at serendipity-uk.com.

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