Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street Meets Contemporary Dance

18 May 2015, United Kingdom

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Serendipity 102

Collaborating together, Serendipity and De Montfort University presents Blurring Boundaries, a one day conference, which will explore and reflect on the current state of Hip-Hop, B-Boying and Urban Street dance with a particular focus on its presentation in theatres. The conference aims to embrace the influences and global developments in this sector which are leading to the diversity of current dance styles.

Focusing predominantly on the sustained evolution of Hip-Hop culture, the conference will discuss and debate between practitioners and university based researchers, the context in which boundaries are disappearing between certain dance styles. Furthermore, the conference will explore the political and social setting of Urban Street dance, its popularity in youth and street culture and its breakthrough of female presence in Hip-Hop, including its Caribbean connections.

Kyle Abraham, Abraham.In.Motion, Ivan Blackstock, Birdgang Dance; Robert Hylton, dancer and choreographer; Jo Read, choreographer, teacher and researcher, and Danilo DJ Walde, composer and musical director for ZooNation will speak alongside a selection of contributors to reflect the diversity embodied within Urban Street Dance.

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