Tuesday 21 May 2019 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
How can cross-cultural arts projects cause political trouble? Across the world, international development programmes invest heavily on cross-cultural artistic projects as a form of cultural diplomacy. While appearing innocuous and inherently beneficial to local communities, artistic interventions can also extend colonial hegemony and cultural appropriation.
In this talk, Nicholas Rowe shares stories of the intercultural dilemmas that can emerge from artistic exchange. He draws on three decades of cultural work across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He also introduces the book series Talking Dance, which shares stories of dancers from across the Middle East and South East Asia.
Dr Nicholas Rowe is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and holds a PhD from the London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent at Canterbury. He has choreographed and performed with The Finnish National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nomad Dance Theatre, Modern Dance Turkey and Ramallah Dance Theatre. From 2000-2008 he resided in the Occupied Palestinian Territories working in refugee camps on dance projects with local artists. Nicholas’ film work includes the feature-length children’s film The Secret World, which has been screened at festivals around the world. He has published extensively on education and dance in diverse cultural contexts, and his books include Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the South China Sea (2015) Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the Southern Mediterranean (2014), Moving Oceans: Celebrating Dance in the South Pacific (2013), Raising dust: a cultural history of dance in Palestine (2010), and the performing arts workshop manual Art, during siege (2004). He was awarded a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award in 2011 and a University of Auckland Research Excellence Award in 2012.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A $5 donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.