Long TableMusic & Dance

How does music shape the identity of dance in the popular space?



Thursday, 7 November 2019




The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ


£48+ (full day)


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Long TableMusic & Dance

How does music shape the identity of dance in the popular space?

Photo by Gemma Chua-Tran on Unsplash

A long table discussion about pop culture and Black British Archives in partnership with Re:generations international dance forum, November 7, 4:30 to 6pm.

When looking at black dance, we must also look at the history of black popular music and how it gave birth to specific dance styles. In this long table session, we will (literally) kick off the discussion with dancers, choreographers, DJs and musicians.

Immediate questions will include ‘who has the right to collect, shape and re-frame the black archives for the past, present and the future?’ ‘Why is this an urgent question for communities, artists, activists, cultural organisations etc?’ ‘What role can digital media play in making archives more accessible and to whom?’

Re:generations – dance and the digital space is hosted in partnership by One Dance UK, IRIE! dance theatre, Middlesex University, dance Immersion and The Lowry. It is an international forum for the dance community exploring how technology drives innovation in dance of the African Diaspora.

PopChange is a pioneering project from Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed for social change — shifting the way we talk, think and feel about migration and displacement.



  • Wunmi Olaiya (Costume Fashion Designer/Singer/ Songwriter / Dancer) is the Director and founder of Wow Wow by Wunmi. She has collaborated with award winning choreographers Ronald K Brown, Marlies Yearby, Nora Chipaumire. Wunmi has also worked on costume commissions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, among others. She received a Bessie award for her costume design. Wunmi’s first solo album was released to much acclaim. She has collaborated on music and toured with Funk Jazz maestro Roy Ayers and with Masters at Work on several recordings.  
  • Sashwati Mira Sengupta is an arts & culture festival curator, producer, musician and Ethnomusicology postgrad student at University of Manchester. Her work is directed by an internationalist outlook influenced by activism in the trade union movement and family history between the South Asia, the Caribbean, Middle East & Tyneside.
  • Alexandrina Hemsley – Independent Artist (Dancer) Alexandrina Hemsley (UK) is a dance artist and writer. Her practice is shaped by and insists on embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices expressing felt and embodied politics. She works across the morphing disciplines of live art, dance, dance for camera, theatre, mentoring, creative and critical writing. She is interested in liminal spaces, connectivity, fracturing, displacement and emotionality. It is a life-long project.
  • Antoine Marc – Independent artist (Dance) – Multi Award-Winning content producer and choreographer, engaged in both Live events and Films, developed work that prides itself by being rich in collaborations. In 2015, have received the Van Gogh Award by the Amsterdam Film Festival Jury and the Beoordelen van Comité. Additionally, received the Cannes Global Film Awards at the Red Carpet and Fashion event for Best Music and Best Dance Film in 2016. Honoured by Limelight Award for best new Visual content in 2017. For Best experimental film was awarded the ARFF International award in 2019.
  • Benji Reid Father / Artist :Choreo-photolist The intersection between choreography, theatre and photography