WEAVE Capacity Building LabDay

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event


Archival practices and how they relate and reveal processes of knowing is relevant to current discussions within the cultural heritage sector. The idea that the archive is a static repository of history is increasingly being challenged by artists, dance companies, archivists and academics. The experiences and embodied ways of knowing can be revealed through archiving dance and the dancing body offers an entry point to reflect on existing archival structures and institutions might be expanded and reframed in order to account for the moving body and interdisciplinary modes of working and documenting. This LabDay presented 4 different dance archives and moved beyond sharing the technical and artistic aspects of the projects, also opening up some discussion relating to but not limited to the following themes:

Questions related to the access and technology and the development of tools in relation to archives that hold dance content

How do we give visibility to the works/archives outside of Europe/North America; the questions related to language (English as lingua franca)

How do we recognise the social and the personal in the archive? How much can we access the lived experience of social subjects through archival material when the subject might be untraceable or deceased and what is the role of archives in this?
Period19 Apr 2022
Event typeSeminar
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Archives
  • dance
  • Cultural heritage