DanceEast and Suffolk Archive present MOVE | TALK | PRIDE; an opportunity to voice and share your lived experiences through movement.
As part of The Hold’s Pride in Suffolk’s Past project, MOVE | TALK | PRIDE will give participants an opportunity to develop and explore their understanding of the hidden histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people, in Suffolk’s past and present.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Join Dance Artist Stuart Waters and Videographer Rosie Powell in a creative process guided by you. The project will be led by movement and conversations – providing a safe virtual space to explore your inner creativity and share your own experiences. The aim is to encourage integration and a positive shift in attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community – with movement offering a powerful tool for your voice to be heard, supported by discussions to inspire creativity and new methods of personal expression.
The workshops will involve facilitated conversations via Zoom, where you can meet other participants, listen, share, build connections and explore the topics of discussion further through movement. Stuart will support you in co-creating your contributions, to help you discover your own unique way of telling your story.
Please note, these workshops are suitable for ages 18+.
Following the workshops there will be an opportunity to be part of the MOVE | TALK | PRIDE film – which will be shared as part of The Hold’s Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition. This will involve small group and individual creative sessions, facilitated by Stuart, Rosie and participants following on from the two open workshops (digital filming and guidance will be provided). Please note, it is not compulsory for your identity to be profiled within the film. The final film will be a public way of using art activism to bring communities together and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Suffolk today.
DanceEast and Suffolk Archive commit to ensure that individuals’ confidentiality and privacy will always be respected whilst taking part in MOVE | TALK | PRIDE.
MEET THE ARTISTS
STUART WATERS | DANCE ARTIST
Photo by Rosie Powell
Stuart has been a successful performing artist and dance maker for 22 years working at the cutting edge of the devising processes and style of Protein Dance, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Wired Aerial Theatre, Barebones, Panta Rei Dans Theatre (Norway, Oslo).
2019 marked a profound year where after 3 years of support from DanceEast and Arts Council England Stuart toured ROCKBOTTOM, a solo autobiographical show which challenged the topic of mental health. The show was a great success opening conversations with audiences, dance organisations and schools nationally and internationally. ROCKBOTTOM also launched a new role for Stuart as curator, where ROCKBOTTOM and visiting queer art activists brought racism, HIV, mental health charities, local Police, and Trans artists/human rights to new audiences.
In 2019 Stuart also founded, Head-on Conversations. An event held at The Place that brought the dance sector together to challenge the question, “where are we with mental health support?”. The aim of Head-on Conversations is to work towards change over a 10 year period. To challenge the sector whilst embedding support and inclusivity for dance artists with mental health access needs across the dance sector. This will be in the form of events, training and awareness. Most recently it developed digital training in emotional and mental health awareness and support for arts organisations and conservatoires. Head-on Conversations Café, a free wellbeing and networking opportunity for artists has been rolled out through lockdown and proven to be a needed support for artists from all over Europe.
Stuart continues to research and make new shows, events and talks driven by peoples lived experiences centralising peoples care at the heart of his practice. If you want to find out more about Stuart and his work, click here to visit his website.
ROSIE POWELL | VIDEOGRAPHER
Photo by Noé Warren
Rosie is a Brighton based Photographer, Filmmaker and Editor who specialises in live event and performance documentation throughout the Performance, Music, Art and Dance Industry.
She enjoys working with the unexpected and accidental – whether this be whilst capturing a live performance, or during the composition of concepts or narratives. Rosie’s style is playful and precise with her intention always to capture the subject or performance as honestly as possible
If you’d like to find out more about Rosie and her work, click here to visit her website.
ABOUT PRIDE IN SUFFOLK’S PAST: Sharing LGBTQ+ stories past and present
The Hold, Ipswich Monday 17 May – Sunday 4 July 2021
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players Pride in Suffolk’s Past explores the hidden histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people in Suffolk’s past. Due to legal and social repression these stories have all too often gone untold. Through original documents found in Suffolk Archives and local collections, these experiences can be shared for future generations to understand how things have changed over time and what work is still to be done.
Alongside contributions shared by the LGBTQ+ community in Suffolk today and discussion pieces, Pride in Suffolk’s Past presents the experiences of Suffolk residents through a period of significant change in attitudes towards sexuality and gender identity.