28 mars 2019 - 31 mars 2019
28 mars 2019 - 31 mars 2019

Connect 19


Le référendum britannique de 2016 sur son appartenance à l’UE a révélé de profondes divisions au sein des familles, des communautés et du corps politique. Comment la pratique des arts du spectacle pourrait-elle renouer le dialogue et peut-être restaurer les connexions rompues ? Comment les diverses pratiques artistiques peuvent-elles servir, refléter et s’impliquer dans les préoccupations du public dans un contexte international ?

Le Brexit est tout autour de nous et a déjà un impact sur la vision collective d’une société inclusive au Royaume-Uni.

Joignez-vous à nous à l’occasion de ce forum de débat ouvert afin de discuter de la valeur de la diversité dans le développement des stratégies pour maintenir et développer des liens entre le Royaume-Uni et la communauté internationale des arts du spectacle.

Veuillez consulter l'accessibilité de ce lieu ici.

Royal Hotel - Edwardian Suite
170 Ferensway
United Kingdom
30 mars, 2019 - 14:00 - 16:00

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From Alison and Richard ...In thinking about this opportunity for a conversation with you all, we called on E.M. Forster, who gave the phrase ‘Only Connect’ in his preface to the novel ‘Howard’s End’.   This quintessentially ‘English’ writer was a committed internationalist .. this from one of his prose writings: ‘I enjoy French poetry as well as French prose and I believe that this land must have some cultural connection with the European continent, and that she is best connected through her spiritual complement across the Straits of Cover.  (Some Books: A New Year’s Resolution for 1944) (1943).    This was of its time, of course, and Forster was someone who could travel freely geographically as well as ‘spiritually’.  What about those who are challenged to do either now? While Brexit in the UK is a constant feature of news media in the public domain, and in private and domestic contexts a matter of perhaps of conflict, we understand that this does not have the same currency with our IETM colleagues elsewhere.  Nevertheless we want to ‘Connect’.  And we look forward to connecting ideas with you this week and on Saturday next in Hull.

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One of the ways we are 'Connecting in 2019' is through our work on the pre-meeting in Leeds, inconsultation with artists in Hull.  This is called 'Walking with Leeds' and is a programme of walks, bus rides, dance presentations and food, with rides on a heritage bus to areas in the city with vibrant arts and culture, organised by Walking Talking Project and supported by Leeds Dance Partnership with funds from Leeds City Council.  We aim to make a strong connection with Hull, by welcoming ietm members and others to Leeds on their way to the Plenary.  See Programme for details - and do join us if you can.

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This is an interesting historical perspective on Brexit.  Certainly in the UK, many are sick of the subject - and it may have little resonance for our international colleagues.  Nevertheless as someone said'  Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it'  And as Marx said 'History repeats itself. the first time as tragedy, the second as farce...' So with those cheery warnings we hope you will join us to consider how we make meaningful connections in 2019 - and beyond.

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Junjia Ye offers us a concise and stimulating summary* of Ash Amin's approach to diversity and urban living:   strangerhood explored in Amin's book 'Land of Strangers'(2012).   Amin argues that trust, mutuality, obligation and creativity emerge as the products rather than the causes of collaborative engagement; and he notes how people stop being so strange to one another through collaboration (p.24).     

Junjia Ye shows how Amin tries to position us beyond multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, making a case for a 'politics of the impersonal' where distance and dis-attention are key to making the 'strange familiar and the familiar strange - and collective life a constant negotiation of difference' (p.24). 

*Check it out:   Junjia Ye on Ash Amin in the fantastic book:
Koch, R., & Latham, A. (2017). Key thinkers on cities / edited by Regan Koch and Alan Latham.  Sage Publications; London.

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