Hi, we’re dance art journal, an online dance writing collective which gives voice to artists working in the independent dance sector. Formed of seven writers, we create content that puts independent artists at the forefront; writing reviews, conducting interviews and using our social media channels to support and promote artists’ work. Mainstream publications, with an emphasis on traffic-driven content, rarely connect with the contemporary dance scene that independent dance artists spend their careers working in. At DAJ we are committed to documenting the whole story, to maximise the reach of independent artists’ work. Our current team is comprised of seven writers. Below you can find out a bit more about each of them.
Katie Hagan founded the dance art journal to give UK-based independent artists more coverage. As a dance writer, Katie has been published in Dancing Times and the Wonderful World of Dance and was the dance writer in residence for the Cohan Collective 2018. As a dance artist, she is a member of Siobhan Davies’ Young Artists Collective and has collaborated with visual artists to explore the embodiment of material objects. Outside of DAJ, Katie is a copywriter for an award-winning PR agency (not dance-related, but I do get to write about buildings which is kinda cool.)
Born in Portugal Inês Carvalho moved to London in Autumn 2018 to embrace a Master’s in Arts Management at Middlesex University. During the last year, she has been teaching contemporary dance at City Academy London. In 2020, she joined Dance Art Journal as dance writer, as well as she started working with the American dance artist Bianca Paige Smith in Public Relations. Nowadays, she is the Coordinator for Social Media and Content Creation at IRIE! dance theatre (London, UK). In March, Inês launched diagonal, a communications agency that rethinks contemporary dance as an accessible language for everyone.
Stella Rousham is a dancer and dance writer currently studying Human, Social and Political Sciences at university. Previously, she trained in contemporary and ballet on the CAT scheme at The Place and took part in Next Choreography at Siobhan Davies Dance in 2017. Stella is interested in the relation/translation between movement and text, as well as using dance as a form of socio-political commentary. She’s been a part of the DAJ team since it was founded in 2019, after being a reviewer for Resolution at The Place.
Angel Dust (they/he) enjoys dancing his way out of feelings of lostness, searching for softness in movement and listening. They work as a carer, run (alongside with a friend) their own free digital magazine called “Sonder” and they enjoy making video art that lives on the tension between materiality and immateriality in relation to identity. They were a member of the Next Choreography 2020 cohort at Siobhan Davies. He’s been part of DAJ since the beginning of 2020 and is currently editing our magazine “Lines Curves Galaxies”.
Sophie Catherine Chinner trained as a dancer at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and now pursues a career as a freelance artist. She came to dance writing in 2019, where she was selected to be a Reviewer for Resolutions Festival at The Place, London. Here, she met a handful of other emerging dance writers who then collectively founded the Dance Art Journal. Sophie has also produced work for Sadlers Wells as well as Mark Aspen reviews, and has written about many companies, choreographers and artists including: Rambert & Rambert2, Holly Blakey, Impermanence Dance, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Fabula Collective and Projection Dance Company.
Giordana Patumi is a dancer and art manager as well as a writer. Born in Italy, she completed a BA in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Over the years, she developed an interest in participating in the “behind the scene” work involved in putting on a performance. As part of her Masters in Performing Arts Management she moved to New York and joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and later on the Italian dance agency ATER. During the time of confinement of COVID-19 she joined the creation of B.Create platform led by artist Bianca Paige Smith and curated a cinema and music festival in her local town.
Adam Moore is an artist, educator, and community leader working with diverse groups of people in arts, culture and heritage, youth and public services, and charities since 2004. Sustainability through collaboration is at the heart of their transdisciplinary practice. His writing invites readers into new ways of perceiving and connecting, with themselves, others, and environment(s), and he uses writing as a practice to thaw frozen structures, erode hardened institutions, and heal broken systems. Adam’s writing offers readers embodied encounters with artists work, and engages critical analyses of some of the issues facing those who participate in Dance, Art and Writing.
Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş is a hybrid artist and writer from Northern California, where she first started covering dance for DAJ. She has taught dance writing at NYU Tisch, The Collective SF, and Big Sky Workshop, and has recently published work in LOCULUS Collective, Poethesis Mag, Samfiftyfour Literary, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Gallatin Review, October Hill Magazine, Washington Square News, Inbtwn Magazine and VerbalEyze Press, where she published her first YA novella, through Eileen. Maxine graduated from NYU Tisch with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Minor in English and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Dance Philosophy & History at University of Roehampton. Her ongoing research with choreographic scores can be viewed at www.strikethrough-score.org.