Anti-Racist Dance Practices

Workshop with Royona Mitra, Cristina Fernandes Rosa, Arabella Stanger and Simon Ellis
Sun 15 Sep 2019 | 10am–5pm

This workshop explores racism in contemporary dance. It will be built around the large body of work by artists and scholars of colour who centre Black, Brown and Indigenous perspectives in their anti-racist work. The day will include activities, discussions and reflections to grapple with complex issues about the role of dance in racism, white supremacy, solidarity and justice.

The workshop will be facilitated by Royona Mitra, Cristina Fernandes Rosa, Arabella Stanger and Simon Ellis. We don’t pretend to have answers but we do want to listen and engage in a shared (and likely messy) conversation.

This workshop is a live research process and details will be announced later in the year.

Funded by The British Academy
FREE |Booking essential
Lunch will be provided


Royona Mitra is an educator and researcher committed to seeking social justice in and through dance practices. She works at Brunel University London and works to undo racism in dance in both the academy and the industry.

Cristina Fernandes Rosa is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton’s Department of Dance. She in interested in the relationships between embodiment, cognition, and knowledge production in the global context. Her current research investigates projects that intertwine non-Western movement practices (i.e. capoeira, yoga, butoh, meditation, etc) with the concept of sustainability: the care of self; the care of others; the care of environments; and the care of knowledges and ways of knowing.

Arabella Stanger is a teacher and researcher who works at the University of Sussex. She is interested in the relationships between dance and racism, and in exploring performance in both artistic and activist settings.

Simon Ellis is a choreographer and dancer who works at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University. He is interested in the limits and possibilities of collaboration in choreographic processes, and in understanding experiences of power through choreographic practice.