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irl? – a symposium
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Saturday 8th February 2020
Yorkshire Dance, Leeds LS9 8AH

Meet the artists in FORECASTING/Likes as they consider the impact of social networks and digital culture more broadly on identity and creativity. With workshops and research presentations from European creator/performers including Núria Guiu (Spain), Barbara Matijević (Croatia) and a special commission by regional artist Lydia Cottrell.

An opportunity for cross-cultural exchange between dance artists based in the UK and Europe, IRL? (In Real Life) is hosted in partnership with Yorkshire Dance and supported by Leeds Dance Partnership. See below for full schedule.

Full day: £15 (including lunch & workshop with Núria Guiu)
Afternoon only: £5

Limited places, booking essential

Ticket offer: See FORECASTING/Likes for just £5 when you book a symposium ticket



11:00-11:30 | Meet & greet

11:30-13:30 | Workshop with Núria Guiu (see below for more information)

13:30-14:15 | Lunch

14:15-15:30 | Meet the artists, with presentations from Barbara Matijevic and Rebecca Evans, Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble

15:30-15:45 | Break

15:45-16:45 | Panel Discussion: What are the implications of social media and digital for artists, art and audiences? 

17:00-18:00 | Lydia Cottrell – ‘Like This’ (see below for more information)

Workshop with Núria Guiu

Join Barcelona-based artist and teacher Núria Guiu for a practical workshop using meditation and yoga practice as a basis for dance.

Núria’s practice is often inspired by the intersection between yoga, dance, meditation and anthropologic perspectives of the body – her latest work Likes analyses the phenomena of cover dance tutorials and Yoga technique videos in the digital age.

Exploring the body in relation to inner and outer space, the session encourages artists from across all disciplines to delve into both private, personal and collective experiences of the world. The workshop uses the body as an engine to generate movement, from subtle and invisible sensations to extreme expressions.

Open to professionals and non-professionals across a wide range of art disciplines.

Núria Guiu has worked with Batsheva Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon, Cullberg Ballet, Gisele Vienne and Carte Blanche Dance Company among others. 

Lydia Cottrell - 'Like This'

Post-Goffman, Post-Reality, Post-Internet, Post-on-Instagram.

Like This (or How I Became the First Ever Black Metal Beauty Influencer) is a performance lecture that explores what it takes to have Influence. It delves into the world of content creation, brand association and recreations of recreations. The lecture bypasses the creeps, defeats the trolls and confronts the commodification of identity.

Along the way, discover how to take the perfect image for online consumption, find out what your online persona is and learn how to stay trve to yourself when reducing your life into a series of little squares.