Coffee Morning: Artist-Curator-Leader

Coffee Morning: Artist-Curator-Leader
Hosted by Joe Moran and
Efrosini Protopapa

Tuesday 3rd Dec | 11am – 2pm(ish)
Chisenhale Studios Education Room (Wheelchair Accessible)
Always Free
Rant. Chat. Eat.


Choreographer Joe Moran and Efrosini Protopapa will co-host a Coffee Morning considering artist representation and artist leadership in UK dance. This conversation is part of a series of roundtables making up Artist-Curator-Leader, an artist-led systemic change project initiated by Joe through his organisation Dance Art Foundation with support from Surf The Wave, South East Dance, Dance4, The Place, Yorkshire Dance and Chisenhale Dance Space. The intended outcome of the project is a guidance publication on supporting artist leadership and representation across contexts with recommendations, resources and examples of best practice. Joe and five fellow independent artists are being paid to undertake the project, working with five salaried colleagues from partner organisations.

The proposed theme of this Coffee Morning is to look at systemic barriers to leadership and representation in dance, instances of where things really work and strategies for action and advocacy. Starting points will include artist leadership in areas of apparent conflict of interest (such as programming, curation, funding and assessment panels), barriers to participation and strategies for joint artist-organisation-venue-funder lobbying and advocacy.

All are warmly welcome: artists, curators, producers, commissioners and funders, those working in production, venues and organisations, audiences, supporters and interested others. To open a conversation in advance or after the event about any of these proposals or the wider project, Joe can be contacted at

Photo: Thirst by Joe Moran. Dancers: Samir Kennedy, Christopher Owen. Photography by David Edwards.


Joe Moran is a British-Irish artist and choreographer with a wide-ranging practice incorporating theatre and gallery performance, curatorial projects, lecture-performance, drawing and spray paint works. Recent and forthcoming commissions, projects and performances include Sadler’s Wells (2019), NottDance festival (2019), TantsuRUUM, Estonia (2019), The Lowry (2019), Wysing Arts Centre (2018), Bluecoat (2018) coinciding with the Liverpool Biennial, Kettle’s Yard (fig-futures 2018), Whitechapel Gallery (2017), Delfina Foundation (2016) and Block Universe/ fig-2 at the ICA (2015). Joe is Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation, through which his performance and curatorial work is produced, a Dance4 Associate Artist, Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist (2015-2018) and member of Chisenhale Dance Space. Joe’s recent essay Nothing About Us Without Us was commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance for the inaugural edition of its new journal Material.


Efrosini Protopapa is a London-based choreographer and scholar. Her research interests lie in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance and her recent work focuses on notions of negotiation, thinking, friendship, disagreement and encounter in/as performance. Having presented choreographic work across the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece, Efrosini has also collaborated with artists such as Ivana Müller, Tino Sehgal, Frank Bock and Gill Clarke. She was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and was Artist in Residence at Dance4 and a participating artist in the Sadler’s Wells Summer University. Lately, Efrosini has been working on a choreographic research project entitled ‘the friend at work’, and towards a book publication on dramaturgy as a practice of ‘working on actions’. Efrosini works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton where she convenes the MRes Choreography and Performance programme. She also teaches internationally and has published in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals.



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


About Coffee Mornings

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.

Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated in 2011 by Gillie Kleiman, and taken over in 2015 by Hamish MacPherson, both independent dance artists and members of the artistic community around the organisation. They are now facilitated by Es Morgan, CDS staff and artist member. If you would like to host one, find out more here.