Foteini Christofilopoulou


Body Politic is Dance Umbrella’s strand of discussions and debates focusing on key cultural issues affecting dance and performance. In 2014 we linked up with BAM (Brooklyn, NY) where Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was performing Kontakthof, for a live webcast discussion on the politics of participation.

Many artists choose to create work with non-professional performers, some for their own artistic reasons, others to provide creative experiences for those participating, but all with a belief in the artistic credibility of the results.

In this live and online discussion we ask what excites artists about choosing this way to work, and whether, as audiences, we watch them differently.  How do those taking part feel after the process has ended? How do we, and how can we, critically assess participatory work, when presented in a professional context?

 Dr Daniel Glaser, Director Science Gallery, King’s College, London

London panel Penny Woolcock (writer and filmmaker), Matt Fenton (Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Contact, Manchester), Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy  (Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Boy Blue Entertainment)

New York panel Julie Anne Stanzak of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Simon Dove (Co-curator Crossing the Line)


Presented by Dance Umbrella with Dance UK, in partnership with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London and BAM, New York