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October 27, 2022 68 mins
The three-way conversation begins with introductions from guest curator Daniela Perazzo, then delves into the notion of intimacy and touch in life and in performance, discussing Charlotte’s new work Written in the Body, and moving into how practices of wellness and support can exist within artistic work. Finally, we discuss the role of language in Charlotte’s work.

This is the first episode in a two part mini-series on the theme of 'Re-enchanting British dance,' guest-curated by Daniela Perazzo and supported by Kingston University. Both episodes are three-way conversations between an invited artist, a member of the podcast team, and Daniela Perazzo.

Charlotte Spencer is a choreographer, teacher, curator, mentor and performer. She initiates all projects for Charlotte Spencer Projects, often working across art forms and in outdoor environmental contexts. Charlotte was recipient of a Bonnie Bird Choreographic Development Award in 2020. She has received commissions from The Place, Wellcome Collection, Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban, Salisbury International Art Festival, South East Dance, Jerwood Galleries, Turner Contemporary, Siobhan Davies Dance and Brighton & Hove Libraries. Charlotte was a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist 2015-18 led by Jonathan Burrows and Eva Martinez, and Artist Activator at Greenwich Dance 2014-17. She has worked closely with Siobhan Davies Dance since 2010 on a variety of projects, notably leading Next Choreography 2014-16 - their choreography programme for Young People. Charlotte was a priority artist for Dance Dialogues 2 2012-14 and Tour d’Europe des Choreographes 2010/2011. Charlotte graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2003 with a 1st Class BA (Hons). She is also in the midst of building a house in Brighton and hanging out with her young child.

Petra Söör (collaborator, Written in the Body) is a dancer, maker and facilitator, working in a range of contexts including with Fevered Sleep, Charlotte Spencer Projects, Simone Kenyon, Robert Clark, Robin Dingemans, Carrie Cracknell and the National Theatre. Alongside solo work her own practice often proposes collaborative processes within a diversity of environments, projects include Sleeping a Walking Mountain and Undanced Dances, currently evolving interests in person-centred approaches to movement, tactile pedagogy and different modalities of touch to support health and wellbeing.

Louise Tanoto (collaborator, Written in the Body) is a dance-artist based between Belgium and the UK. She trained at Laban and was a member of Transitions 2007. Louise is currently touring with Oona Doherty and Daniel Linehan as well as Charlotte Spencer Projects. Her performance credits within the UK include; Gecko, J Neve Harrington, Requardt & Rosenberg, Tilted Productions, Lost Dog, Damien Jalet and Hussein Chalayan. In Europe she has performed for Kabinet K, Eszter Salamon, Thierry de Mey, Ugo Dehaes, T.R.A.S.H (Netherlands) and was a member of Fabulous Beast. Louise is also a mother.

Julia Pond is a choreographer, researcher and teacher. An expert in Isadora Duncan technique and repertory, her contemporary research interests and performance are at the intersection of dance and politics. Her fictional company and performance project, BRED, explores notions of value and productivity. Julia is also a TECHNE-funded PhD student at Kingston University, for her project exploring re-articulations of 'value' towards sustainability through dance and movement knowledges.

Daniela Perazzo is a dance and performance scholar with a specialist interest in the intersections of the aesthetic and the political in interdisciplinary movement practices and experimental dramaturgical processes. She joined Kingston University London in 2014, having previously taught at the University of Surrey. She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Department of Performing Arts and the School of Arts. Her first monograph, Jonathan Burrows: Towards a Minor Dance, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

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Full creative team credits for Written in the Body
Concept & Direction: Charlotte Spencer
Performance: Petra Söör and Louise Tanoto
Sound: Alberto Ruiz Soler
Dramaturgy: Orrow Amy Bell
Design: Bethany Wells
Costume: Shanti Freed
Lighting: Marty Langthorne
Producing support: Pip Sayers & Lou Rogers
Photography & Film: Rosie Powell
Audio Description: Shivaangee Agrawal
BSL: Katie Fenwick

The 'making' of movement and words : a po(i)etic reading of Charlotte Spencer's Walking Stories (Article by Daniela Perazzo)

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