Jiangnan University and Psi20 Visit
Shantel Ehrenberg, Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, visited Jiangnan University Dance Department, in Wuxi, China in July, 2014. As a part of her visit, Shantel gave a presentation to university staff and students and a series of choreographic workshops to upper-level dance students. The presentation and workshops were principally focused on current European contemporary dance practices and issues in higher education, such as practice-as-research.
University of Surrey MA Dance and Cultures Graduate Xia Hou, Deputy Head of Dance, was the primary host. Shantel also met and had lunch with Professors Chen Mingxuan, Dean of School of Humanities, Professor Aiguo Cai, Deputy Dean of School of Humanities, Professor Shanshan Fu, Deputy Dean of School of Humanities, and Lingfei Ye, Head of Dance
Shantel subsequently attended PSi20, the 20th annual Performance Studies International Conference titled ‘Avant-garde, Tradition, Community’, held at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. The conference included a wide range of rigorous and topical presentations and performances in the field of performance studies, crossing a diverse range of topics; of which the listing can be found here: http://psi20.sta.edu.cn/en/index.php?content-app-category&catid=17
Of particular interest were presentations and debates around the topic of European and Chinese collaborations in contemporary dance and other performative practices. In-person discussions with international colleagues, such as Maaike Bleeker, were also valuable.