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Stephen Coleman collaborates on dance inspired by Brexit

March 22nd, 2018

Professor Stephen Coleman has collaborated with Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, to produce a unique dance performance that responds to voters’ emotional reactions to Brexit.

Professor Coleman said: “I’m interested in how politics is experienced and felt by people, often in ways that cannot be simply put into words.

“When people are driven by passions, as they certainly are on both sides of the Brexit debate, it makes sense to explore exactly what it is that moves them. Choreographers and dancers are experts at interpreting how and why people move.

“That is why this collaboration with Sharon Watson has been so immensely rewarding. It’s a way of exploring a different dimension of political communication – one that can help us to understand raw feelings that are too easily neglected in our political discourse.”

Using interviews that Professor Coleman conducted with ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ voters, Take A Position is performed by students the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and runs until Friday (23 March 2018).


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