KEYNOTE PANEL #1 – “Provocations toward DANCING ARCHIVES in Africa”

Biography: Dr Alan Parker

Alan Parker is a choreographer, dramaturg, and researcher based in Makhanda employed as a senior lecturer at Rhodes University’s Drama department.  Alan teaches, coordinates, and supervises student learning and research in Physical Performance, Choreography, and Interdisciplinary Performance Praxis. He holds a Masters in Drama from Rhodes University, specialising in choreography, and a PhD in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art, from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

As a choreographer, Alan has presented work on platforms like the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Makhanda (2006-2021), the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg (2007-2018), the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn (2008/2010), the Cape Town Fringe (2015/2016) and the Live Art Festival in Cape Town (2017 and 2018).  

In 2015, as part of his doctoral research, Alan began creating a trilogy of solo performances to explore the archiving of dance in South Africa. The first, ‘Detritus for one’, received a Standard Bank Ovation award at the NAF 2015. The second, ‘Sacre for one’, received a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2016. The third work, ‘Ghostdance for one’, was co-commissioned by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) for the 2017 Live Art Festival in Cape Town as well as the 2017 NAF. 

In 2016 Alan was an ICA Live Art Fellow and, in 2017, an ICA Writing Fellow. Alan currently heads the Network for Embodied Research in Africa (NERA), a body-based research and community-building initiative based at Rhodes University.