KEYNOTE #1 – “Integrated dance practices moving centres: There be Dragons”

“Integrated dance practices moving centres: There be Dragons”

Prof. Yvette Hutchison

University of Warwick, UK

Y.A.Hutchison@warwick.ac.uk

Abstract

Prof. Yvette Hutchison (UK/SA – University of Warwick) provided the opening provocations and framing for the 3-day colloquium with Panel respondents: the JOMBA! 2023 MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES steering committee:

(Chair) Dr. Lliane Loots – University of KwaZulu-Natal CCA (SA)

Ms. Clare Craighead – Durban University of Technology (SA)

Mr. David Thatanelo April – University of Pretoria (SA)

Mr. Gift Marovatsanga – University of Zululand (SA)

Dr. Sarahleigh Castelyn – University of East London (UK)

Ms. Thobile Maphanga – Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN – SA) 

Biography: Prof. Yvette Hutchison

Yvette Hutchison is a South African Professor in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research focuses on Anglophone African theatre, history and narratives of memory, and how intercultural performance practices are challenged by ongoing postcolonial issues. She is associate editor of the South African Theatre Journal and the African Theatre series. Her 2012 Leverhulme project culminated in her monograph South African Performance and Archives of Memory (MUP, 2013). In 2015 she had AHRC funding to develop mobile app technology to create the virtual African Womens’ Playwright Network (AWPN). Recent publications include the co-edited African Theatre: Contemporary Dance (James Currey, 2018), and Contemporary Plays by African Women (Methuen, 2019). Her current collaborative project with Dr Lliane Loots is a UKRI-funded network project set up to explore the relationship between disability dance and citizenship in Africa.