If life is what happens to our plans, then dance is what happens to our steps.
ideas sometimes when you wait they come to you.

Preparation for starting with BAPP

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

This might be helpful to some people...

Applications opened today for The Theatre Artists Fund which has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. For information and to apply please follow the link below.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Important reading - We See You

This is a recent open letter from people working in Theatre in USA - We See You.

The signatories include the Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn NottageSuzan-Lori ParksQuiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda; the film and television stars Viola Davis and Blair Underwood; and many Tony Award winners, including the actor and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and the playwright David Henry Hwang, who is the chair of the American Theater Wing and choreographers such as Dianne McIntyre.  

The statement, outlining a series of ways in which, it argues, artists of color are unjustly treated in the theater world, declares itself to be “in the legacy of August Wilson’s ‘The Ground on Which I Stand’,” an important 1996 speech by the playwright about race and the American theater. Headlined “We See You, White American Theater,” the statement repeatedly uses the phrase “we see you” to punctuate its observations about the theater world, and adds, “We have always seen you. And now you will see us".


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Well Done - Summer

Well done, Module Three's on your presentations this month.

Well done, everyone on a creative, reflective term.

We are now in a marking period with grading and boards. You will receive feedback on your submitted work over the summer.

We start back on September 14th, with 'welcome back Skypes' are 11th and 12th September.

There will be sign-up blogs for 'welcome back Skypes' posted at the end of August on Adesola Blog (here!!). Unihub will be up-dated with new term in formation in August also. Keep an eye on the blogs from time to time. Keep an eye on your Middlesex Student emails for any admin. correspondence.

Have a good recuperative summer.

Monday, 20 April 2020


Dear All
Please remember feedback on drafts had a deadline almost a month ago. Most people have sent a draft of some kind to us. Overall your feedback is about structure, construction, and writing devices such as citation. feedback on one piece of writing can be used by you to question other pieces of writing. In other words if you received feedback on something on one draft check the same thing yourself on other drafts.

If you have any specific feedback questions or ideas you want to discuss and I am your Supervisor please call me. I will NOT prioritize responding to emails asking me if you can call, because I have now said this a number of times, it is in the handbooks, and it is on UniHub - you can call particularly during office hours. These last weeks of term are best used developing your confidence in your work, looking at the learning outcomes in the handbook and reflecting on your study this term in order to think about how your final submissions can be tweeked.


Module Three Presentations May 6th & 7th

Please attend to support Module three students presenting their inquiry work.

Wednesday May 6th – Presentation 10am -1pm, Presenters: Cathleen Limerick, Siobhan Richardson, Benny Tyas. (presenters need to be available in afternoon too) 

Thursday May 7th – Presentation 10:00am – noon, Presenters: Emi Ichikawa, Thomas Holdsworth, Louise Elliott, Taylor Byrnes. 

Please comment below:

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Community Skype (Breakfast Club) - Saturday April 25th

Community Skypes are general conversations between students - sharing ideas, what happening, new and checking-in with each other.

9:15am (time in London)

Please comment below to join:

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Monday April 20th- Online session with a module 3 focus

The ways ideas can be communicated

Online session- Module 3 focus (ACI3633)

Monday the 20th of April- 6pm (Time in London)

Comment below to indicate if you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Books on-line reminder

Via UniHub

UniHub > My UniHub > My Study > Click on your module pages – this opens up My Learning > Click on a module

On the right hand side of the page you will see your personal etextbook
Click on that to go to your book

Directly via the Kortext website
Visit the Kortext website at https://app.kortext.com/login and enter your University email address and your Kortext password – your password was emailed to you when you first started at Middlesex University.
If you do not know your password, you can reset it:
1.       click "Forgot password"
2.       enter your Kortext username - this is your MDX email address -
3.       you will then have an email sent to your MDX email address
4.       follow the link contained in this email
5.       create a new password for Kortext

Via a Kortext app (and accessing the books offline)

There are Kortext apps available for Windows, Mac OS, iOS & Android and these are all available for free from the relevant app store for your device.

Download the relevant app and log-in using your credentials as above. The books can then downloaded to the app and accessed offline as well as online.

If you do not know your password then please refer to the instructions detailed above.

As well as accessing your Kortext content support is available for you 7 days a week. This can be accessed at eithersupport@kortext.com, filling out a Kortext enquiry via UniHelp or selecting the help icon on the Kortext website

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Community Skype - April 9th

Community Skypes are general conversations between students - sharing ideas, what's happening, news and checking-in with each other.

7:15pm (time in London)

Please comment below to join:

Ethical thinking and Critical Reflection

We had people from each Module, so we traced across the Modules. We traced ethics and critical reflection across the development of the Modules.

Points we made were:

Critical reflection and ethics - we suggested ethical considerations are a 'sub-set' within critical thinking practices.

Ethical considerations - are not things to solve, they are things to reflect on -

But ethical procedures are things you can put into place to be aware of one's own privilege.

Ethical procedures can start to feel like tick box activity but they come from ethical considerations.

Ethics helps you see/notice what you have been 'taught' to think, and what you have been 'taught' to expect from those around you.

Look at the 'rules' of the MORE form and linking them to the actual ethical considerations discussed in your inquiry.

Reflecting on ones practice: looking at where you have made ethical procedure disisions such as 'I am not doing that/ or saying that because I know how much of a negative feeling I got when a teacher say it to me. These are procedural decisions.

Reflecting in the action of the Module you are in, but also reflection back on the Modules you've done (or heard about). 

We also traced the idea of 'not knowing' across the Module experiences. At first (in Module One) it can be almost frightening but as you learn about your self and practice you find that the more you know the more you be come aware of what you do not yet know. Perhaps education is about how we find ways of being comfortable with, and available to the known and the not known, the learnt and the to be learnt.

Please comment below...

Monday, 30 March 2020

Community discussion group - Thursday April 2nd

Community Skypes are general conversations between students - sharing ideas, what's happening, news and checking-in with each other.

7:15 pm (time in London)

Please comment below to join: 

New BAPP Skypes and up-date on schedules

Hi everyone,
Given the current situation we have added some new Skype (and Zoom sessions). Zoom log-in information is on UniHub on the pdf about the new sessions at the top of the page. For Zoom you just have to come to the meet as directed.

Sunday 8pm Skypes are organized through Student Voice leaders - see Student Voice folder on UniHub.

I will also add posts for the Skype sessions so you can sign-up as we usually do (for non-Zoom and Student Voice Sundays)

Here is the overview
BAPP additional Skype sessions
Schedule (all times are given as UK-GMT)

Wednesday April 1st - 8:15am & 9pm discussion group 

Thursday April 2nd – 7:15pm - community discussion group 

*Friday April 3rd – 8.00pm - guided relaxation session

*Sunday April 5th – 8pm Student voice group (every Sunday at 8pm) 

*Friday April 10th  – 8.00pm - guided meditation session

Thursday April 9th – 7:15pm - community discussion group

*Friday April 17th – 8.00pm - guided meditation session

Monday  April 20th - 6pm Module Three focus

*Friday April 24th – 8.00pm - guided meditation session

Sat April 25th – 9;15am - community discussion group (Breakfast club)

*Friday May 1st – 8.00pm – guided meditation session
Friday May 1st – submission of work for all modules via turnitin

*Friday May 8th – 8.00pm – guided meditation session 

Wednesday May 6th – Presentation 9am -2pm, Presenters: Mark Allison, Cathleen Limerick, Siobhan Richardson, Benny Tyas. (presenters need to be available in afternoon too) 

Thursday May 7th – Presentation 11:30am – 4:30pm, Presenters: Emi Ichikawa, Thomas Holdsworth, Louise Elliott, Taylor Byrnes. 

*Friday May 15th – 8.00pm – guided mediation session 

*Friday May 22nd – 8.00pm – guided meditation session

*Friday May 29th – 8.00pm – guided meditation session

*Friday June 5th  – 8.00pm – guided meditation session
(these sessions will carry on through the summer according to numbers) 

*Friday - session are via Zoom 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Friday April 3rd- Online session with a module 2 focus

Practicalities of doing practice-based research

Online session- Module 2 focus (ACI 3622)

Friday the 3rd of April, 6pm- (Time in London)

Comment below to indicate if you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion. 

Friday, 27 March 2020

Module One and Module Three skypes this week

We had a couple of Skypes this week. In Module One focus we talked about literature. Thinking about why you are doing things - why am I reading this. This idea of questions came across in a lot of the conversation. Questions help unpack the experience such s 'how does this relate to me personally to my practice?' How is this unique to me? Am I visual person - how can I describe this visually, sonically, physically?

The Module Three focus conversations included recognizing 'the process'. Noticing your process, Noticing the 'messiness' of understanding something as it links to ideas you already had and maybe changes them or shifts their meaning. We discussed the importance of having an open mind, enjoying not knowing but also witnessing your own process.

Those attending said they would be posting their thoughts please look in the comments - what do you think please comment. What have you been reflecting on this week.

Wednesday April 1st- Discussion group- all BAPP modules

Discussion Group (BAPP all modules)
Wednesday the 1st of April-
(Time in London)

Comment below to indicate which discussion group you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Tuesday March 24th- Online session with a Module 3 focus.

The central place of analysis, synthesis of information through reflection.

Online session- Modle 3 focus (ACI3633)

Tuesday the 24th of March-
8pm (Time in London)

Comment below to indicate if you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Monday March 23rd- Online session with a Module 1 focus.

Synthesis of information through reflection

Online session- Module 1 focus (ACI3611)

Monday the 23rd of March- 6pm (Time in London)

Comment below to indicate if you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Community Skype - Saturday April 25th

Community Skypes are general conversations between students - sharing ideas, what happening, new and checking-in with each other.

Please comment below to join: 

Join the MAPP Module Two Skype on MORE tonight Monday 16th

Some people asked this weekend about another Module Two Skype. - We are have a MORE focus Skype with MAPP students tonight at 8pm. If you are on Module Two and would like to joint this please comment below. Remember comment are moderated on this blog so you will not see your comment appear straight away.


Community Skypes

We are adding some 'community Skypes' as a response to the current news and changes and the isolation that they move towards. These are Skypes we can orchestrate through my (Adesola's) blog but they are for you to talk to each other informally, share ideas about the course but also larger approaches or challenges to your practice.

They are to keep in touch and support each other as the BAPP (and MAPP) community.
The first on will be
Thursday 19th March 7pm (time in London) 
Comment below if you will join. 

About first person and the notion of bias and the 'truth'...

You may have noticed I try not to use words like 'bias' and 'truth' because their meaning is so different in qualitative research (which we are doing - where they could have no meaning) from quanititive research (where they have a a lot of meaning). I put these videos together to talk around the idea of how we are present in our own experiences and in our own research. The practice as research approach I take means that it is not about trying to be neutral or un-bias. Instead it is about being reflective, reflexive and questioning...together these videos demonstrate this...

We ask you to writing in First person because you are the filter through which you are experiencing life and making meaning. This is seeing a constructed world in which you are the builder. We need to know who is doing the building – you need to present. This raises questions about what is truth – is it more ‘true if I writing the building was the best thing every built’ or if I write ‘I felt the building was the best construction I had walked into.’ Is the building better because you are out of the sentence? 

We have to ask where we stand on truth, learning, facts – objective truth. Here is montage of videos and questions that together an assemblage for addressing the ethics of where ‘I’ am in what I write…  

Lying is a corporative act so is truth... 

Truth – learn from history for the better of the world – there is objective truth...


(digital) literacy becomes important...

‘…gave us access to everything but it also gave everything to us… discriminate between the things that genuinely matter and the' rhetoric 'of life…’ 

Where you are in all this determines what it means... so you need to be present in it when you write about it. That is why we ask you write in first person. 
What do you think?...

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Friday March 20th- Online session with a Module 2 focus

What if you don't interview anyone? The central place of analysis

Online Session with a Module 2 focus (AC13622)
Friday the 20th of March- 6pm (Time in London) 

Comment below to indicate if you are joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Campus Session

We looked at Mapping - mapping practice, mapping for inquiry -
We asked each other questions about the maps we had of our practice and inquiry.
This led to thinking about:

Anushka - The exploration of different cultures/ environments within my training and how these have influenced how I conduct myself while training and performing. This has added discussion point for my ethical considerations to link into my areas of learning.

Bronte - Today we looked how previous experiences have changed the way we approach our practice and looked into the grey areas on our maps - Broaden your minds!

Tom - I found it very helpful to understand that we are casting a large net in order to come up with our point of inquiry. I was maybe trying to be too specific immediately, rather than allowing the research and mapping work to inform the choices that I made to take to inquiry.

What are your thoughts on mapping
Comment below...

Monday, 2 March 2020

Dance and Society - gender

Thinking about how dance impacts on social structures and how social structure impact on dance...

plea pleIn the 

Friday, 28 February 2020

Wednesday March 4th- BAPP Campus Session

BAPP campus session
Wednesday the 4th of March-

1pm - 3pm 

Meet at the Information booth in College Building

Comment below to indicate that you are coming. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Wednesday Feb. 26th - BAPP discussion group

BAPP discussion group (all modules)
Wednesday the 26th of Feb. -
(Times in London)

We will try to reschedule this 9pm chat for next week. Look out for posts...

Comment below if you are interested in coming and indicate which session you will be joining. Let us know what you are interested in sharing during the discussion. 

Monday, 17 February 2020

Thinking about ethical considerations

Ethical consideration are about the questions you ask to change what assumptions are being made. The questions themselves and reflection they create are the action of ethical considerations. Any answers are not part of the process - The thinking about the question is the process.


Emma's example taken from TedTalks was based on the subject matter of "Does machine Intelligence make human morals more important".
Some ethical considerations that arose from this were;
- Why is the data I input online having an impact on my morals?
- Will the information I search for be tailored and restricted to show desired results?
- Should the internet be making decisions for us?
- Why are we relying on machine intelligence to improve our morals?

Lauren Mitchell:
The example TedTalk that I used, asked the question: Does photographing the moment steal the experience from you?
As a question which has often come up in conversation in my everyday life, I believe that it does not, if the photo is used for personal reference and memory. My aunt would dispute this as a typical younger person living their life through a mobile phone. My sister offers a different opinion since she usually takes photos of places to post on social media.
These three opinions raise questions about ethical assumptions / perspectives. For example taking a photo at a landmark and returning to your car straight away could be considered a waste of the experience, but the person taking the photo could be using it for analysis or purpose.
Photography can enhance your experience if you're indeed taking it with intention (studies suggest), eg. for information, discovery, support, or bringing people together. Potentially my sister would argue that you can share a photo with intention too; to inform or uplift?
The main question this TedTalk highlighted for me was whether forgetting your phone/camera or not capturing the shot was a relief or limitation.

Olivia Thompson:
My example asked the question 'Can artists be held to the same standards as other people?'
- What is the emotional cost of art?
- Are you condoning someone's actions by engaging with them?
- Why have we allowed art to invade our privacy?
- Can we appreciate an artists work without knowing their background?
- Do we need to know?

It made me think about how I view the arts and certain artists.
The articles I used were -


Linking ideas in a Rhizome rather than just thinking in a linear manor (roots tree).
What are your thoughts?

Collaboration and other Knowledges from the arts

Thinking about what knowledges we have in the performing arts/arts. There are activities and expectations we have because we engage with them all the time that we do not notice but in other settings (such as business settings) these are called skills. When a show is put together from its inception to the teamwork of tech, performers, musicians, front of house... we are used to working together. So what does it mean to work together or collaborate? For you is it a philosophical approach or just part of the culture of the arts. Is it something you bring into other settings you are in? Where do you stand on collaboration, team work, working together (all quite different from each other). Have look at this web-page learning area that talks about collaboration from a business perspective. I think it is useful to look at something familiar from a different perspective to better understand what it means to you.

What other knowledges do you notice your arts background have given you out of the practice of doing art?

Do you notice how the way things are described, the words used, can the 'importance' of an activity?

Please comment below and add links to your posts about about this.


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Interview - more than one perspective to what is happening.

In the Module Three focus chat we had we talked about preparing for interviews. I recommend thinking about these too.

Book: Learning from strangers: the art and method of qualitative interview studies by Robert S. Weiss (it is on the reading list)

also watch this again