Body Politic 2015

Art and culture as a tool in international politics

Body Politic is Dance Umbrella’s strand of debates focusing on key cultural issues affecting dance and performance.

In this live and online discussion we examined the role of art in international relations, and unravelled the relationship between policy makers and artists in fabricating identity. In Olympic ceremonies from London to Beijing we project an image of ourselves to the world. We invited artists, policy makers, political thinkers and the public to ask questions about how culture is used by politicians and policy makers to define our national identity.

Chair: Dr. Daniel Glaser, Director Science Gallery at King’s College London.

Panel: Gregory Maqoma, Choreographer (South Africa); Graham Sheffield, Director Arts, British Council; Dr. Melissa Nisbett, Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management, King’s College London; Sandie Dawe, Strategic Tourism Advisor.

A Dance Umbrella initiative, presented in partnership with the Cultural Institute and the Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, and Dance UK. Body Politic 2015 was part of the Inside Out Festival.

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The Great Hall is accessible for wheelchair users. Access is from the front Strand reception and then straight down the corridor to the Great Hall on the left. Alternatively from the outside Quad there is a set of doors just before reception which brings you into the same corridor. 

Fri 23 Oct

Body Politic 2015

Great Hall
King's College London
23 October
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