Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) has contracted Natasha Player as a Changemaker to strengthen its work with and relevance to African, Caribbean and Indian communities.
Natasha brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of working with communities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and her work as a Changemaker will build on and explore inclusive programming and practices throughout the organisation.
“This is a valuable opportunity for PDSW
to look inwardly and to connect externally with groups, organisations and businesses
led by African, Caribbean and Indian communities, and to build on the
approaches to inclusive engagement across the organisation. It is a pleasure to
be asked to support this process and work with the team at PDSW who are open,
willing and value an external viewpoint.”
trained as a dancer, delivering African Caribbean dance in education and
community contexts before going on to complete an MA in Arts and Cultural
Management, researching the infrastructure for African Caribbean dance in
London and Montreal, Canada – which informed her practice as a dancer and
independent producer. She has supported organisations such as Umoja Arts
Network, Activate Performing Arts and State of Emergency.
with Bournemouth based Umoja Arts Network and as an independent producer puts
her in good stead to connect with BAME communities. Previous projects include Reveal
Fashion Show, Highlight Visual Arts Exhibition, and work with national/international
dance companies Tavaziva Dance, Sadhana Dance and Caribbean carnival company
CEO of PDSW Zannah Doan said:
“The Changemaker role will help to
strengthen our relationships with more local people and lead to a 2-way
conversation. Our Equality Strategy commits us to ‘Open Doors’, ‘Hold Hands’
and enable people to ‘See Themselves’ here. Natasha’s work will be an important
step towards achieving this with the African, Caribbean and Indian communities
that live in and near Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We’re delighted that
she is bringing her experience and ideas to help shape our future.”
will be in post until July 2019 and will provide consultation and insight to
PDSW to feed into its marketing, programming and ways of working.
Natasha can be
contacted on: email@example.com
Notes to editors:
- For more information, contact Natasha Player on firstname.lastname@example.org
- More on Natasha: Natasha has been instrumental in setting up Black Women’s forums and has received awards for supporting females in the arts, from Miss Bronze 2017 to being invited to attend creative leadership programmes with Nesta Innovation and State of Emergency’s ‘Creative Leaders Retreats’.
More on PDSW
- Pavilion Dance South West is a registered charity (1111641) dedicated to transforming communities through dance.Communities might be professional choreographers, dancers, producers, young people, or people living with Parkinson’s.
PDSW projects grow
from one blueprint: to enable communities to enjoy creativity and wellbeing
offered through dance.
people, projects, and places with imagination and ambition.
We believe that dance is for everyone and want all people and bodies to be visible throughout our work.We run dance programmes promoting and supporting the sector across the South West and the wider UK. In our Bournemouth-based venue we present live dance performances from some of the most exciting and innovative companies around, screenings, exhibitions and more than 40 dance classes a week.
Since 2011, PDSW has run an annual Critical Friends Equality Group. The group share their experiences and opinions about PSDW’s performance in terms of equality and diversity, and make suggestions to improve our practice. Our Critical Friends are a broad group of individuals invested in PDSW and it’s future, who represent the 9 protected characteristics according to the Equality Act 2010 and whom join us from arts organisations, community and service providers, participants and local authorities.