Serendipity discovers whether dance can change the world

Published: 25 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Inspiring stories”: Serendipity’s latest publication

Social enterprise Serendipity is to release its 12th publication focusing on dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World?

The publication features contributions from dance practitioners “who through their own activism and artistry have brought to light untold issues and taboos, codified techniques, developed and raised the profile of dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and engaged with communities in innovative ways”.

Contributors include Jeanette Bain-Burnett, Lizzy Cooper Davis, Chanon Judson, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Greta Mendez, Marlène Myrtil, Vivine Scarlett and Maya Taylor. There is an introduction by Anita Gonzalez and a preface by Pawlet Brookes, the editor of the book who is chief executive and artistic director of Serendipity.

She said, “there are contributors from across the world including Canada, France, USA, Kenya, Martinique and Trinidad. It’s a privilege to share their personal and professional stories that are inspiring, poignant and relevant now more than ever.”

Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World? is the 18th publication in total from Serendipity. It will be released on 28 October 2021 and is available to pre-order at the Serendipity web site.