To join in the discussions about #cdfgend and about what we can do together to work on gender and inequality:
- Mailing/Discussion list: groups.google.com/d/forum/cdf-gender-equality
- Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/1509589062680932/
Please do say if you have any other suggestions! And please do recommend additions to the categories below - or recommend further additions.
Blogs & Articles
- 'The Gender Equality Debate...' by Daisy Farris, who attended both the precursory Rambert panel discussion and our open space event, and discusses her own thoughts about the situation, both events and what should happen next: dfdcollective.co.uk/?p=780
- 'No Girls Allowed' by Article19, on the pervasive sexism in programming in dance and the urgent need for change: www.article19.co.uk/theevilimp/no_girls_allowed.php
- 'Sexism in dance: where are all the female choreographers' by Luke Jennings; published 3 years ago in 2013, it's even more relevant today: www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/apr/28/women-choreographers-glass-ceiling
- 'You’re wrong, Akram. We do need more female choreographers': Luke Jennings responds to Akram Khan's claims about female choreographers (see below): www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/18/akram-khan-more-female-choreographers-for-the-sake-of-it-luke-jennings-reply
- The Geena Davis Institute, a research-based organisation which works to promote gender equality in the media and entertainment industries: www.thegeenadavisinstitute.org/; Genevieve Grady wrote about it: 'I re-offer up as a resource the Geena Davis organisation: for finding language useful to the discussion; for support in the form of solidarity; for self and group encouragement toward approaching the personal and the public/communal with an underlying sense of the global, as real lasting change can certainly only happen if we consider our particular aspect within the totality.'
- The Guerilla Girls, whose aim is to redefine feminism: www.guerrillagirls.com
- The Bench, Tamsin Fitzgerald's action plan to support, develop and promote female choreographers through a fellowship scheme. This will include a conference in May 2016 as part of IDFB: www.the-bench.org
2Faced Dance has put out a call for presenters at The Bench's conference in Birmingham in May as part of their Talking Shop. Details are here: www.2faceddance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/The-BENCH-Talking-Shop-Call-Out.pdf, and suggested themes are:
- Practical approaches to equality through programming
- Breaking the glass ceiling...How, Why, Who? Does it exist?
- Agents for Change. Case studies from those who have or are making a difference for women in the arts (not specifically dance).
The deadline is 26 February.
Akram Khan has continued to test the theory that there's no such thing as bad publicity, by dismissing concerns about the shortage of opportunities for female choreographers in The Stage on 12 January. The article is here: www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/akram-khan-dont-have-more-female-choreographers-for-the-sake-of-it. It has been suggested that we can respond by sending a letter to The Stage; we can collaborate on a group letter, otherwise we can individually send letters, which would show the volume of dissention.
Griselda, a quarterly online magazine published by Yes Arts, is seeking submissions 'in the form of all visual and written arts and academic writing' for its upcoming first edition on gender issues in the arts. The deadline is 13 March, and further details are here: opportunities.creativescotland.com/opportunity/index/f6410fca-e6f0-4476-b956-9d15ca7fef8d/?Ref=%2F%3Fpage%3D2