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The fourth in a series of biennial academic and artistic international dance conferences in the UK is taking place in Birmingham with a focus on dance of the African Diaspora.

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Exciting diasporic dance is on the agenda in Birmingham

Re:generations 4 Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination
also includes three dance show performances open to the public at mac Birmingham during each evening of the conference from Thursday November 3 to Saturday November 5.

Organiser One Dance UK hopes that by concentrating on dance of the African Diaspora, it will continue to enrich the dance sector and reaffirm the UK's significant contribution to the art form, creating global dialogue.

Tickets are available for individual shows, workshops, one day passes or for the whole conference.

Hosted by accomplished performer and choreographer Hakeem Onibudo, Re:generations 4 Diasporic Dance: Legacies of Imagination will examine the heritage, legacy, history and geography of Dance of the African Diaspora, with a special focus on topics including youth dance work, heritage and digital arts and women in dance.

Keynote speakers include some of the most influential figures in the creative industries, including previous Director of the Government's Cultural Leadership Programme Hilary Carty, choreographer Peter Badejo OBE and the University of Michigan's Head of Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Dr Anita Gonzalez.

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Dance shows for the public are available during the evenings of the conference

There will also be masterclasses, performances, debates, and presentations given by contributors from Africa, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, the UK and other parts of Europe.

The content of the conference was developed in collaboration with Birmingham's very own ACE Dance and Music, a nationally and internationally recognised leader in the field of contemporary African and Caribbean dance.

Other collaborators include De Montfort University in Leicester, IRIE! dance theatre from London, and for the first time an international partner - dance Immersion, from Toronto in Canada. There will be 22 delegates from Canada, who will present choreography, lead masterclasses and lecture demonstrations, and will also serve as panellists in discussions.

The three public performances take place at mac Birmingham at Cannon Hill Park, in Edgbaston, on the evenings of November 3, 4 and 5 from 8pm with tickets costing 12 or 10 concessions.

Re:generations 4, diasporic dance conference, Birmingham, mac, whats on dance
Various tickets are available for the conference

Judith Palmer, an independent artist and Independent Consultant on the Re:generations Planning Committee said: "The Re:generations conference gives British dance an international profile, and attracts foreign partners who are interested in collaborations. It has put Britain on the global map. The challenge now is how to take these successes forward."

Conference tickets are available by calling 020 7713 0730 or visiting the One Dance website.

For public performance tickets, visit mac Birmingham.
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Why? Hear about diasporic dance
When: November 3 - 5, 2016
Phone: 0121 446 3232
Where: mac Birmingham
Cost: From 10
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