Social Dance and Traumatic Histories

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  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text
  • Audio described
Photograph of a laptop on a desk with a blue patterned surface.  On the laptop screen is a portrait of Gaylene Goud, Rene Matić, Ben Walters and Queer House Party. Next to the laptop are headphones and a pink card. In the background is a LP vinyl record leaning against a bright green cabinet.
Social Dance and Traumatic Histories. Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait top left: Gaylene Goud, top right: Rene Matić, bottom left: Ben Walters, bottom right: Queer House Party. © Portrait of Gaylene Gould by Nina Robinson Photography.

What you’ll do

Listen to a panel discussion on collective dance as an antidote to traumatic histories. From queer lockdown throwdowns to the survival tactics and ‘tap dances’ of Brown babies in post-war Britain, hear how we have responded to, and continue to respond to, difficult times with joy and dance.

This event will be live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel and available to watch afterwards. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

You will be able to comment and ask questions live online using YouTube Live Chat and via Slido during the event. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.

About your contributors

Photograph of Seren John-Wood aka Wacha

Seren John-Wood aka Wacha

(they/them)
Speaker

Wacha is an activist, artist and DJ, but mainly a fringe with a human attached. Alongside Harry Gay and passer, they co-direct Queer House Party. Renowned for iconic, queer throwdowns, Queer House Party pioneered a new form of radical, accessible party that can be joined IRL or online. Parties feature drag, performers, and DJs from London and beyond. Outside of Queer House Party Wacha organises within a number of direct action-oriented groups and works in community mental health. Working at a grassroots level with an abolitionist and anti-capitalist stance, and championing the vitality of art and joy produced by and for the queer community is central to their practice. 

Photograph of Rene Matić

Rene Matić

(they/she)
Speaker

Rene Matić is an artist currently working in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – bringing to light (or dark) the fated conflicts and contradictions that one encounters while navigating the world in a body like their own.

Photograph of Ben Walters

Ben Walters

(he/him)
Speaker

Ben Walters has worked in and around queer nightlife and performance as a critic, researcher, producer, filmmaker and campaigner. Time Out London's former cabaret editor, Ben wrote the successful application to make the Royal Vauxhall Tavern the country's first queer listed building. In his academic research as "Dr Duckie", Ben champions the civic potential of queer fun and "homemade mutant hope machines".

Photograph of Gaylene Gould

Gaylene Gould

(she/her)
Facilitator

Gaylene Gould is a creative director, broadcaster and writer who designs interactive art projects and spaces that generously connect us with ourselves, each other and the world. She explores the healing and growth potential of sharing space, stories, ideas and knowledge through her artistic, writing and consultancy practice.

Photograph of Harold Offeh

Harold Offeh

(he/him)
Curator

Harold Offeh is a UK-based artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by inhabiting or embodying histories, using humour to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects (London), Kettle’s Yard, Wysing Arts Centre Studio (Cambridge), Studio Museum Harlem (New York), MAC VAL (France) Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark) and Art Tower Mito (Japan). He recently completed a PhD exploring the activation of Black album covers through performance. He is a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and a tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.

Dates

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Need to know

Guaranteed (online)

Booking a ticket guarantees you entry to the online event. You will be given joining instructions in your confirmation email. If you have any access requests or requirements, for example a transcript of the event, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event is British Sign Language interpreted. An interpreter will be embedded in the event stream/visible to all attendees and will interpret what is discussed into BSL for d/Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened attendees.

Speech-to-text

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

Audio described

The host and speakers will describe themselves and key visual elements they refer to, which may be useful for blind, partially sighted and neurodiverse attendees. There will not be a separate audio description track.

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