Trinity Laban's Louisa Pestell has been awarded a Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship to travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda this summer.
A Projects Manager for Learning and Participation (Dance), Louisa, together with her colleague Laura Mercer, will work with Guerrilla Arts (Uganda), Dance Forum Nairobi (Kenya) and Wesley Ruzibiza (Rwanda), in connection with Amizero Dance Kompagnie and the National University of Rwanda.
The visit aims to exchange knowledge of the dance sector in East Africa and develop further collaboration with key contacts in the future. It also aims to research the ecology of dance in the East African geographical area in order to establish methods of working across a cultural divide in a mutually beneficial, ethical and productive way.
Louisa said: "This research project offers me an opportunity to really widen my knowledge and perspective of diverse activity in the international community dance sector, which in turn will help to inform Trinity Laban's understanding of dance-related cultural diversity.
Louisa has a research interest in the manifestation of cultural identity in dance and contemporary and creative dance in education and community settings. She is also artistic director of Arts Odyssey (www.artsodyssey.co.uk), a London based community arts organisation that celebrates "Unity through diversity".