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Speaking of Dance Conversations is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance, contextualizing it within culture and society.

Presented by noted writers, choreographers and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance is a platform for everyone to share and develop their observation and interpretation of dance.

DanceHouse and SFU Woodward’s have partnered together since 2011 to co-present Speaking of Dance. Speaking of Dance Conversations happen at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts preceeding Dancehouse Mainstage Presentations. Watch SFUW's event announcements for upcoming conversations. 


Speaking of Dance Conversations: Absent and Present: Muslim Culture in Today’s Society. How is Muslim identity positioned and perceived in the contemporary world? 

A public conversation moderated by Kaija Pepper, editor of Dance International magazine, with Adel Iskandar (Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University, author, co-author, and editor of several works including “Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution” ; “Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism”; “Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation” and “Mediating the Arab Uprisings”) with dance artist Arash Khakpour (co-founder of The Biting School and co-host of a Canadian performance history podcast called How About A Time Machine).

Please note: the following audio recording of this public conversation contains explicit language and mature themes, and  may not be suitable for all listeners. The viewpoints expressed in this public recording are the speaker's own, and do not reflect the opinions Simon Fraser University or Dancehouse. 

February 21, 2017 - Speaking of Dance Conversations

Identity and Location: Immigration and Cultural Integration. What are the challenges and opportunities of being an immigrant artist?

A conversation was moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor of The Georgia Straight with Rosario Ancer (Artistic Director, Flamenco Rosario and Vancouver International Flamenco Festival); Henry Daniel (Professor of Dance and Performance Studies, SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts and Choreographer) and Chengxin Wei (Artistic Director, Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance)

October 25, 2016 - Speaking of Dance Conversations

In Their Own Voices: British Columbia's Female Choreographers on What It's Really Like  

What has enabled them as a dance makers? What are the biggest barriers they have faced?

Three choreographers spoke about what has enabled them as dance makers.

Moderated by Deborah Meyers (Dance Writer, Vancouver Sun), with: Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson Dance’s Artistic Director and Choreographer), Ziyian Kwan (dumb instrument Dance’s Artistic Director and Choreographer) and Simone Orlando (Ballet Kelowna’s Artistic Director and CEO)