My Dance DNA: Siobhan Davies and Maria Balshaw

Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Space, are delighted to present My Dance DNA, a new digital talk series on Facebook Live, featuring interviews with Britain’s top modern dance choreographers.

My Dance DNA will see leading contemporary choreographers, including Kate Prince, Siobhan Davis, Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor discuss the iconic moments of dance and movement on film that have transfixed and transformed them, as well as the defining pieces in their own back catalogues.

For our next My Dance DNA event we head to The Whitworth, Manchester where leading contemporary choreographer, Siobhan Davies will discuss her defining dance moments with Maria Balshaw, Director of TATE (and former Director at the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries).

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The interview will be broadcast live from 6.30pm and will be available to watch live, for free, on our Facebook page.


If you have a question you’d like to put to Siobhan Davies, make sure you send it now via Twitter using the hashtag #MyDanceDNA.

Live talks with the UK's leading modern choreographers

Staged live at arts venues across England, each My Dance DNA talk will be hosted by a high-profile guest who is familiar with the choreographer’s work. The Desert Island Discs style format will include a 45-minute interview with the choreographer interspersed with archive video footage of iconic dance performances, followed by a 15 minutes audience Q+A including questions via Twitter.

Upcoming talks include:

Siobhan Davies & Maria Balshaw – Friday 22 September from The Whitworth, University of Manchester
Shobana Jeyasingh & Nikki Bedi – Monday 6 November from Dance East, Ipswich
Wayne McGregor & Joan Bakewell – Tuesday 21 November from Studio Wayne McGregor, London

All talks start at 6.30pm

Follow #MyDanceDNA on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and to take part in the choreographer Q+As.

On Sunday 17th September the internationally recognised choreographer Akram Khan and award-winning performer and director Kathryn Hunter were filmed in conversation at CURVE Theatre Leicester. Watch the full interview on our Facebook page.


About The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.