Coffee Mornings Autumn 2019


Rant. Chat. Eat. Coffee Mornings are back from October, with three free events on the first Tuesday of every month. This season includes conversations about the ethics of intergenerational performance, artists' underrepresentation within institutions, and safeguarding artists from tokenism and commodification.

Coffee Mornings are a way in which dance/performance makers and doers can talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the artwork that they are making and doing. Each Coffee Morning has a different theme, and is led by a different artist or group. The events are free and open to all artists. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk. See the full programme below.


This season's Coffee Mornings will be hosted in the Education Room on the ground floor at Chisenhale Studios, and therefore are accessible by wheelchair. A range of seating arrangements are provided.  If you have other questions about access, please call us on 020 8981 6617 or email

An older and a yung dancer stand on a dark stage

Intergenerational Practices
Hosted by Neus Gil Cortés
Tuesday 1st October | more info

In a diverse group of artists and performers, with different ages, bodies and backgrounds, how can we work together to create an environment which is mutually supportive and rewarding? What does an inclusive practice look like?


a dark image of a two hands holding the upper body of a man, lying backwards on the ground

Tokenism, Safeguarding, Complicity
Hosted by illyr
Tuesday 5th November | more info

With dance currently having such a big resurgence in fashion, music, film and commercial brands, this Coffee Morning is a space to discuss how the commodification and tokenism of our identities, queerness, and skin colour affects the dance community.

a dancer climbs on the back and shoulders of another in a white gallery space.

Hosted by Joe Moran
Tuesday 3rd December | more info

This Coffee Morning will look at systemic barriers to artist leadership and representation in dance. A space to think about instances of where things really work and possible strategies for action and advocacy.