Cohesion Showcase Day – Evolving in Conversation

Brighton & Hove Library Service celebrates dance and movement during Brighton Fringe.

Internationally renowned choreographer Rosemary Lee and Charlotte Spencer’s award-winning audio trail Walking Stories, are to appear at an exciting free event in Jubilee Library as part of Brighton Fringe.

Walking Stories Trailer from Charlotte Spencer on Vimeo.

Rosemary Lee, who made her name by devising dance pieces involving hundreds of people in parks, stations, galleries and churches, will be discussing her work at the day-long event on Saturday, 30 May. The event is part of Evolving in Conversation, a year-long project led by Brighton & Hove Libraries enabling adults, young people and children to explore the theme ‘How Individuals Make Society Change’ through photography, creative writing and movement.

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The day will include an interview with Rosemary Lee plus an adaptation of Charlotte Spencer’s award winning Walking Stories audio trail, which featured at last year’s Brighton Festival. Pestiferous, a company of professional dancers, comics and poets who perform in everyday spaces, will present The Librarians, an interactive performance set amongst the bookshelves at Jubilee Library. A newly commissioned piece, Teachers from Rosie Heafford of Second Hand Dance will also be staged.

Poetry, creative writing and making workshops suitable for all ages are on offer as part of the day to enable everyone to join in the conversation and explore the theme of the project. An exhibition celebrating young people’s art work which is part of B-Fest, the Brighton Youth Arts Festival, will also be on show.

Rosemary Lee said: “I am delighted to be involved in this project.  I am a great believer that the arts and participation in the arts enriches our lives tremendously.  That enrichment may involve some subtle change in our outlook on the world, our relationships with ourselves alone and with others. These changes may be subtle, huge, unspoken, raved about,  impossible to articulate, over talked.  I’d like to share my thoughts and ponder questions about being an artist in today’s world.”

Kirsty Sulston, Producer, South East Dance says: “Evolving in Conversation is breaking new ground in terms of partnership working and genuine engagement with local communities. South East Dance is delighted to be a part of this unique project, which is an important part of our aim to connect local people with dance in surprising and interesting ways as we progress towards The Dance Space, a new home for dance in the heart of Brighton and Hove.”

One Walking Stories workshop participant said: “There was a real feeling of togetherness…observing each other, seeing experiences on other people’s faces, was really powerful. This morning’s experience put me in touch with my body, it was a free and open experience which was massively rewarding.”

Brighton & Hove Libraries’ Evolving in Conversation is funded by the Arts Council in partnership with Photoworks, New Writing South, South East Dance.

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