Coffee morning with Alexander Roberts - Co-Artistic Director of Reykjavík Dance Festival
As part of our Arts Practice programme and continuing commitment to bringing an international outlook to our work, we are hosting a coffee morning with Alexander Roberts - Co-Artistic Director of Reykjavík Dance Festival, who will be in Glasgow for Take Me Somewhere Festival. This will be an informal opportunity, over coffee and cake, to learn more about the dance and performance sector in Reykjavik and tell Alexander a little about your own practice.
About Alexander Roberts:
I am here in Glasgow via Take Me Somewhere Festival to present a work called Listening Party, which I worked on as a dramaturg, curator and producer with choreographer Ásrún Magnúsdóttir*.
Born in Coventry, I am now based in Reykjavik, Iceland, where I work as Co-Artistic Director of Reykjavík Dance Festival (www.reykjavikdancefestival.is ), and Programme Director of the recently formed Performing Arts MFA at Iceland University of the Arts (www.masterinperformingarts. com). Via Reykjavik Dance Festival, I also co-founded Spectacular International Performance Festival (www.spectacular.is) and Teenagers in Reykjavík.
I am interested in dance and performance as a meeting point for bringing people together in a city. In particular, I am interested in the porous relation that a festival, an art work or an education programme can foster between art and the city; how the city can open itself up to the art worker as a platform and a resource, and equally how art spaces can open themselves up to the city and provide a platform for those voices, experiences and perspectives that otherwise might not be heard.
*Listening Party takes place 24-26 May at Platform as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival https://takemesomewhere.co.uk/listening-party
About Reykjavik Dance Festival:
RDF is an international centre for dance and choreographic practices in Iceland that seeks to curate an all year round conversation with its audiences through the artists we present, support and produce.
Founded in 2002, RDF's central activity has always been its international festival. Since 2014, however, RDF has extended into national and international initiatives throughout the year in the form of mini-festival formats, workshops, co-productions and residencies.
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Image: Listening Party by Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, photography by Owen Fiene