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Independent Dance Crossing Borders talks 2014

Independent Dance Crossing Borders Talks - Julia Farrington

The Crossing Borders talks feature UK and international practitioners, whose work understands movement and embodiment through a variety of different forms, and invites them to share their process and practice.

This year’s series explores the different ways of working and thinking through the body. The programme will touch on themes such as contexts of art practice, self-censorship, contemporary psychoanalysis, and the wider concerns of how we live together.

Julia Farrington | 11th November | 7-8.30pm

Julia Farrington will discuss self-censorship in the arts – the legal, social and political constraints on freedom of expression in the UK.

Julia runs Index on Censorship’s ongoing programme looking at how artistic freedom of expression is supported, undermined, reported and defended in the UK. The programme came out of a case study of Gurpreet Bhatti’s play ‘Behud’ which was her imaginative response to the experience of her previous play Behzti being cancelled by Birmingham Rep when hostile demonstrations against the play outside the theatre turned violent. The themes that arose from this focussed on the kind of support an artist needs to present challenging, potentially divisive work – the artist is not operating in a vacuum, but requires producers and venues to be willing to take risks too.Central to this programme is ‘Taking the Offensive’ a major conference, hosted by Jude Kelly at the South Bank with key note speech by Nicholas Serota that she organised last year to open up dialogue about the dilemmas and opportunities generated by controversies in the arts. Julia’s talk will look at the impact of gatekeepers, the police, the audience, media, public opinion and arts educators on what is sayable in the public realm and in particular the nature of self-censorship that is pervasive in the arts scene today.

For further information, click here - http://www.independentdance.co.uk/programmepage/exchanges/crossing-borders/

Single talk £6 | £4 freelance and concession
3-talk cards £16.50 | £10.50 freelance and concession

Drinks Offer: Free drinks voucher for the first 20 people who book for any talk

To book, please call 020 7091 9650 or email info@independentdance.co.uk


Julia Farrington | talks


Date and Time:

11 November 2014 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Independent Dance
Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St George's Road
020 7091 9650

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