Studio Sessions 2020

ResCen was delighted to host the third of the DU 2020 Studio Sessions that are always a feature of the festival, but which are attended by arts professionals and hidden from public view. The pandemic conditions meant that the event was mostly online, but curator Seeta Patel was able to join artists Akshay Sharma, Stephanie D Handjiiska and Barnaby Booth who were able to present their work, in a covid-secure manner, in the Grove Dance Theatre at MU’s Hendon Campus; and Joseph Toonga joined virtually with dancers who performed in a site-specific context.

These sessions connect artists to a large, international group of producers and presenters and in 2020, over three weeks, twelve UK and Ireland based artists / companies shared a live stream presentation of a work in progress. Further details of all three sessions are available on the DU website. For the London sessions, interviews led by guest curator, Seeta Patel were an intrinsic part of the Studio Sessions, and these have been supplemented with follow-up interviews by Christopher Bannerman with the artists and with Seeta herself.

Livestream – Studio Sessions 3


Interview – Seeta Patel


Interview – Stephanie D Handjiiska


Interview – Akshay Sharma


Interview – Joseph Toonga


Interview – Barnaby Booth