Body Politic 2016 Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou

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

There are different ways of not being allowed to speak.  In the discussion we ask artists how issues of censorship, both public and private, are reflected in their art.  How does censorship affect the language of the body? Are there things that we cannot say, even when not using language? 

Chair: Julia Farrington, Index on Censorship 

Panel: Jamila Johnson-Small, DU16 Festival choreographer; Natalia Kaliada, Founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre and Pelin Başaran, an arts curator and producer from Turkey.

This is the third in our Body Politic series, and the talks from 2014 and 2015 are still avaliable to watch online on our Talk Time pages: Politics of Participation and Power or Persuasion?

Body Politic is a Dance Umbrella initiative, presented in partnership with Free WordIndex on Censorship and One Dance UK.  


The reception area, café, lecture theatre and hall are on the ground floor with step-free access from the street. There are disabled toilets on the ground floor. The meeting rooms are accessible by lift from the ground floor.

If you are planning to attend an event in a wheelchair, please inform us in advance so that we can remove seats to accommodate you. 

If you have any questions about access to the building, please call us on 020 7324 2570 or email

A Dance Umbrella initiative presented in partnerhsip with Free Word, Index on Censorship and One Dance UK 

With thanks to Alexander Whitely, model and Alex Nobel, body painter.  

Wed 19 Oct

Body Politic 2016

Freedom of Movement
Free Word Centre Farringdon Road, EC1
19 October £5
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