How does the city move you?: On Bodies, Identity and Urban Design

Siobhan Davies Studios is fully accessible and this event will be BSL interpreted.
Our cities are built based on generalised ideas about human bodies and how we move. What if choreography could challenge these assumptions and help urban design imagine more diverse identities?

Theatrum Mundi and Siobhan Davies Dance present an afternoon bringing researchers and practitioners from urbanism and dance into dialogue. The event explores how choreographic thinking could inform urban design and planning, broadening our understanding of the relationships between bodies, movement and the city.

Join two discussions about how architecture imagines the body, and how different cultures of movement can resist this. Participate in workshops on urban rhythms and relationships, queer gesturing in public, and Latin shaping of public spaces near Siobhan Davies Studio in Elephant & Castle. Witness performance interventions by disabled and non-disabled dance artists from Candoco Dance Company in and around the building. And meet researchers, designers, performers, and choreographers over drinks.

Candoco Dance Company will be in residence at Siobhan Davies Studios June 25-29. Company dance artists will be researching their own embodied relationship to identity and urban design, in and around the Studios. Individuals will share their performance practice throughout the building.

Speakers include:

Siobhan Davies, Siobhan Davies Dance

Richard Sennett, LSE Sociology

Ellie Cosgrave, UCL STEaPP

Akil Scafe-Smith, Public Practice

Sara Adhitya, UCL Engineering

Rosie Lee, choreographer

Sam Causer, architect

Joel Brown, Candoco Dance Company


Jay Jay Revlon

Adesola Akinleye

Joselyne Contreras & Jorge Saavedra Utman: Walking Latin Elephant

Performance interventions:

Candoco Dance Company


June 30, 2018

12:30 - 19:30

Admission: £10 / £6 concession

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Image: 'Designed Elements' Siobhan Davies Dance Youth Programme - Photo by Gorm Ashurst


Siobhan Davies Studios

85 St George' Road London SE1 6ER

0207 091 9650