ISTD Gallery, ISTD2, 346 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NQ
Nearest tube: Old Street
Chaired by Chris Bannerman and Jane Watt, of ResCen at Middlesex University, in conversation with artist Helen Burrows and the dancers she collaborated with to create Skin on Skin: Daniel Jones of English National Ballet and choreographer Vena Ramphal.
Christopher Bannerman is head of the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts (ResCen) at Middlesex University. He began his dance career in Canada, dancing with the National Ballet of Canada, leaving to pursue his interest in South Asian art forms and culture, travelling extensively in the region. He danced with London Contemporary Dance Theatre for 15 years, performing numerous principle roles and choreographing many works. In 1989 he became Head of School of Dance at Middlesex University, becomming Professor of Dance in 1992. He has served as a judge for the Digital Dance Awards, the Prudential Awards for the Arts and the Paul Clarke Memorial Award. He has a deep interest in the creative powers of artists and the ways in which their activities can link and intersect art forms.
Jane Watt is a visual artist who has made installations and site-specific work in the public realm for over 12 years. She has completed a number of temporary and permanent commissions including work for Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire; the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and Forces of Light Festival. She is currently working on a major permanent commission, Wall of Letters, for Land Securities and Christ's College, Cambridge and a temporary work for the new UK Surpeme Court. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. In addition to her visual art work she writes on artists' processes. She has written Reflections on Networking (2006) and Impact of Networking (2006), and co-edited Navigating the Unknown: the creative process in contemporary performing arts (2006) she is a Research Associate at ResCen.
Daniel Jones is an experienced choreographer and leading soloist of the English Naitonal Ballet. Vena Ramphal is a choreographer and dancer who specialises in contemporary and classical south Asian Dance. She has a PhD from SOAS and her academic work engages with the politico-cultural environment in which (dance) artists in Britain work.