7/8 September 2015: Conference 'I, too, remember dust’: Peace-building, Politics and the Arts
This interdisciplinary conference, which explords the themes of peace-building, politics and the arts in former Yugoslavia and other national and international contexts, was co-organised by Professor Peter Billingham, Professor of Modern Drama, alongside colleagues from the University's Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace and the Crime and Justice Research Centre. Find out more.
Wednesday 1 July 2015: Choreography & Dance Taster Days
A taster day is a perfect opportunity for students to find out more about the course, visit our beautiful campus, join in practical workshops in our stunning studios, see examples of student choreography and performance and much more.
Wednesday 3 June 2015: Spring Talk at the Theatre Royal Winchester
Dr Gary Farnell and Alison Carter Tai: The Romeo and Juliet Variations
This talk analysed a number of different versions of the Romeo and Juliet story and the different costumes worn by actresses playing the role of Juliet. For more information, click HERE
. For information on previous pre-show talks at the Theatre Royal Winchester, see below.
23 March 2015: Cohan @ 90: Choreographer Robert Cohan in conversation with his biographer Paul Jackson
Robert Cohan is the founding father of contemporary dance in Britain. At the age of 90 he is the world’s oldest working choreographer. Inaugural artistic director of London Contemporary Dance Theatre and London Contemporary Dance School, a distinguished dance teacher, choreographer and advocate for dance, he has shaped the lives of generations of dance artists.
In conversation with his biographer Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Choreography and Dance at the University, Robert discussed his career. Following service in the D Day Landings, this included 23 years of dancing with Martha Graham, work with Jack Cole and Ginger Rogers, and the pioneering work in Britain which has seen the development of the current dance culture.
Photo right: Robert Cohan in his younger days in a choreography with Martha Graham; photo left: Robert Cohan today.
Street Arts shortlisted for award
The University's BA (Hons) Street Arts programme has been shortlisted in the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2014.
Street Arts has developed a national and international profile, attracting external funding and generating opportunities for students and graduates to perform and gain work experience to enhance their employability.
The winners are due to be announced on 27th November at a ceremony held in Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Penny Drop Theatre Company ready for next production
Penny Drop Theatre, a Winchester theatre company set up by two University graduates is getting ready for its next production.
Aston Harrison and Chelcie Peryer-Davis (BA American Studies and Drama 2009-2013 and BA Drama 2010-2013), founded Penny Drop Theatre with help from a £2,000 grant from the University's Do It Awards, which were set up to help students or recent graduates start their own enterprises.
They are now looking forward to their next production at this year's Fixer's event in London, which works with people to promote healthy mental wellbeing. Penny Drop's workshops focus on helping people overcome mental health issues or build conference in everyday life.
Autumn Talks at the Theatre Royal Winchester
A new season of pre-show discussions will be at the
Theatre Royal Winchester. Delivered by Academics from the University of Winchester, with the purpose to enhance the enjoyment of the productions. All are welcome, but please reserve your place by calling the box office on (01962) 840440. All talks start at 6pm. The programme is as follows:
University of Winchester selected to host British Conference for Undergraduate Research Conference, spring 2015
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines. The Conference meets annually every Spring in a different British university. Undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference. Abstracts are peer-reviewed and those accepted will be invited to attend the conference. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for innovative performing arts project
Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts Janet Lee and Associate Lecturer Nigel Luck have been awarded £4478 by the Arts Council for Drifters,an engaging dance-puppetry work in progress.
The makers of Drifters, theatre company Strange Arrangements (Lee and Luck), have been selected from 35 puppetry/animation companies to feature in The Little Angel Theatre's FIRSTS festival in London in March. In January, Drifters featured at the Theatre Royal Winchester.
Find out more about Drifters and its makers:
Funding for collaborative project
Choreography and Dance has been involved in the 2-year project (running until 2014) "DanSCe 2 Dialogues", which was awarded more than £2.9 million from the European funding agency Interreg IVA (Channel) France-England programme. Project partners included The Point, Eastleigh, South East Dance, Take Art and the University of Bath Institute of Contemporary Art. The key aim was to `stimulate artistic innovation and co-operation within the art form of contemporary dance, specifically between the UK and France'. Initiatives included research laboratories; cross-border artists' residencies; touring of performances, and conferences.