Tuesday 20th April 19.30-20.45.
Stuart Waters and Antonia Grove in conversation, discussing issues and themes around pregnancy and motherhood raised within their recent film collaboration ’TONI. 37 weeks’. In the film we see a heavily pregnant Toni dancing and overlaid with interview audio of her talking with frank honesty about the practical, emotional and physical challenges she faces as an independent dance artist and mother of 3 returning to work.
This Q & A will begin by screening the film and features special guest Anjali Mehra, independent artist and soon-to-be mum.
The Head:On:Conversations Cafe is delivered in partnership with Sussex Dance Network and is part of Head:On:Conversations – Stuart’s ongoing work to encourage change, support wellbeing and promote mental health access and inclusion for people working in dance.
When? 20th April @ 19:30 – 20.45pm
Where? Zoom (a link will be sent 1 hour before start time)
Who for? Everyone! (If you can only make one cafe, you are still welcome to attend).
How do I sign up? Register your interest on the form below and a zoom link will be emailed to you.
How much? FREE
About Antonia Grove:
Antonia is Artistic Director of the Dance theatre company Probe and a freelance Choreographer, Performer, Lecturer, Mentor and Facilitator. She regularly acts as rehearsal director and show ‘host’ for Stuart’s performances and accompanying talks.
Antonia is an independent artist with a career in the contemporary dance sector spanning 23 years. After graduating Rambert School she joined Rambert Dance Company (1998-2003), and then went on to perform with companies including Random Dance, Bonachela Dance Company, The Cholmondeleys, Charles Linehan, New Art Club, Fabulous Beast, Clod Ensemble and Vincent Dance Theatre, obtaining 3 Critics Circle National Dance Award nominations for outstanding performances. Antonia founded the Dance theatre company Probe in 2004 and has produced and performed 6 touring productions to date. She works as a Lecturer, Choreographer, Dramaturg, Mentor and Facilitator, alongside raising 3 children.
About Anjali Mehra:
Anjali is a Choreographer and Movement Director in Dance, Opera, Theatre and recently dance film.
Anjali trained at Central School of Ballet where she won the Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. On graduating she joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance company and from 1999-2019 she performed on and off as a guest principal dancer. She has had a varied career in dance, musical theatre, opera and film.
Alongside her performing career, she always choreographed and is currently completing her Masters in Choreography. Credits include: Judgment Day directed by Richard Jones at Park Avenue Armory, New York and Daddy by Jeremy O’Harris at The Almeida Theatre (halted in Lockdown 1 and yet to make it to stage).
During the pandemic, Anjali was teaching Movement at LAMDA and ARTS ED, choreographed the end of year virtual piece ‘Inside Looking Out’ for Central School of Ballet 2nd year. Anjali was commissioned by New Adventures to conceptualise and choreograph a dance film. Her film ‘little grasses crack through stone’ based on Sylvia Plath’s play: Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices has been viewed over 10,000 times and was recently shown by Sadlers Wells Theatre.