Dance regularly contributes to the discourse of our society. For many years, it has borne witness to political events, social customs and the agenda of the day. Whether we are always aware of it or not, the dancer as artist in society is political, and can make a difference in the world we live in through being present. I am interested to question and ponder what that can reveal about to ourselves. How do we, as dance practitioners, make ourselves more visible as diverse protagonists? What role do we play as leaders in making the practices and contributions of artists ‘seen’ and properly recognized? As a follow up to our recent event ODD2, I interviewed Patricia Carolin Mai, Yinka Graves, and melisandre varin. This article aims to show how these artists contribute to the concept of dance democracy through their artistic choices as informed by perceptions of who they are and what their work means to them. Creating Our Dance Democracy conference with Dr. Sarah Black-Frizell allowed us to focus on the contribution that contemporary dance makers and academics make in understanding who they are and the impact they have made through their work and research.


authenticity, democracy, identity, privilege

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