The Dance Debate at Leap
The Dance Debate, held as part of the Leap 2013 Festival in Liverpool, saw Charlotte Vincent, Liz Roche, Liz Aggiss, Sharon Watson, Toni Grove and Lucy Suggate explore what it means to be working as a female choreographer in the UK and discuss their inspirations, collaborations, obstacles and aspirations.
The panel and audience discussed whether equality of opportunity exists in the dance field and if so why there is this ongoing feeling that women’s dance work doesn’t reach as far or get taken as seriously as that of our male counterparts. Are men fast tracked in their careers or is this a myth? Is women’s work better placed on the small scale and therefore not as visible? How does female-led practice differ from the male approach to making work? How do women measure success? Does the British Dance scene fairly represent female led work and if not, does that matter?