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Panel discussion about the role of dance

Panel discussion: The role of dance learning in social transformation  – From tolerating to integrating to celebrating difference
February 10th, 5pm at auditorium in Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, free entrance.

Three guest panellists from New Zealand explore the role dance learning can play to allow for a celebration of differences within diverse communities. The panel will be in English.

This panel discusses the role of dance learning within social transformation. In a rapidly changing world, issues of multiculturalism and acculturation are vital points of discussion when seeking to create more tolerant and integrated communities. The panellists explore the role dance learning can play to allow for a celebration of differences within diverse communities. Through sharing reflections on policy and practice and (dis)connections between learners, communities and cultures, the presentation seeks to provoke and reveal insights of how dance as a form of social transformation is experienced in various cultural contexts around the globe.


The panel is organised by ArtsEqual research initiative coordinated by the University of Arts Helsinki (www.artsequal.fi).


Associate Professor Ralph Buck

Ralph, Head of Dance Studies, University of Auckland, has been recognised with several teaching and leadership awards. His research and teaching has been presented around the world and in leading research journals and books. His work with the World Alliance for Arts Education and UNESCO draws attention to potential roles of dance as a dynamic agent for change within security, health and education concerns.

Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas graduated from the Australian Ballet School and worked with The Finnish National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nomad Dance Theatre and Modern Dance Turkey. His books include Art, during siege (2004), Raising Dust: A cultural history of dance in Palestine (2010), Moving Oceans: Celebrating dance in the South Pacific (2013), Talking Dance: Contemporary histories from the Southern Mediterranean (2014) and Talking Dance: Contemporary histories from the South China Sea (2015). His films include The Secret World (2009). Nicholas holds a PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and is currently an Associate Professor in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland.

Dr Rose Martin

Rose is a Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, University of Auckland. Rose was a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and has extensive experience in research and teaching in the Middle East. She is the co-author of Talking dance: Contemporary histories from the Southern Mediterranean (2014) and author of Women, dance and revolution (2016). Rose holds a PhD from the University of Auckland. Her research interests include dance ethnography, international education and cross-cultural dance education.

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