Coffee Morning: Do we dance or do we protest?

Tuesday 30 May 
11am – 2pm-ish

Wheelchair accessible
Always free

Education Room
Ground floor, Chisenhale Studios
64-84 Chisenhale Rd
London E3 5QZ
Coffee Morning
Rant. Chat. Eat.


Historical dance works like Kurt Joos’ Green Table and Yvonne Rainers War as well as collectives like the New Dance Group and Workers Dance League paving the way for dance and protest to enter the theatre context. What are we doing to take protest out of the streets and inside the institutions and theatres. This coffee morning looks to discuss, share and possibly create a dance history timeline through the knowledge of those present.
You need not bring anything but yourself. And maybe some cake.

Christopher Matthews is an American born choreographer and performance artist working from London. He holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a MA in Choreography from TrinityLaban. He has choreographed and directed music videos for Erickatoure Aviance, My Pumps, and Angolan artist Coreon Du, My Heart & It’s Not Ok.  Christopher is a judge and contemporary choreographer on the popular Angolan dance reality series Bounce. His video and performance works have been presented at galleries in  Amsterdam, London, Manchester, NYC and Barcelona. His dance works have been performed in NYC, Guatemala, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, London and Edinburgh. Christopher was CreativeWorks London Entrepreneur in Residence with Roehampton University in 2012 and Dance Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He completed a residency in Zagreb through WildCard Jardin D’Europe Award. As a performer, he has danced with Laura Peterson Choreography, Ann Reiking, Simone Forti, Marten Spangberg, Xavier Le Roy, Paula Roselen, Tino Sehgal, Ballet NY, Connecticut Ballet and toured with exhibitions at Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Haus Der Kunst, K21, and Manchester International Festival. Christopher is interested in exploring the body as a physical axis that can mould the traditional contemporary dance techniques of linear movement with the individual shapes of the performer’s form and figure, developing the question “As a spectator how do we observe and what do we see?”

The Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated by Gillie Kleiman, an independent dance artist and proud member of the artistic community around the organisation, as a way in which dance-makers and -doers could talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the cultural industries and the artwork that they are making and doing. The events are open to all artists and arts practitioners, whether or not they associate themselves with Chisenhale. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk. There have always been people there who know each other as well as those who don’t. There is a loosely-held format which includes a writing-up of the facilitators’ thoughts after the meeting Initially Gillie started off each time. Now the Coffee Mornings are led by different dance artists or artists’ groups each time and from 2015 Gille handed over the running to Hamish MacPherson, also a member of Chisenhale Dance Space.

Supported by Chisenhale Dance Space’s Allotment Fund.

Coming Next: 20 June, Privilege hosted by Simon Ellis (CDS Board Member) and Hamish MacPherson (CDS Artist Member)

Image: Hamish MacPherson based on design by Karen Lambæk