Dr Debbie Bright (Aotearoa New Zealand)

About the presenter

PhD, MSLS, DipSpSt, Dip Teaching (secondary), CTT (tertiary teaching), Cert Te Ara Reo (Maori Language), NCC (Computing)

Dr Debbie Bright is Director ICDF Diploma in Dance Ministry and writer and teacher of several of the Diploma papers.

New Zealander, wife, mother and grandmother, Debbie is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, researcher, writer, editor and publisher who has trained in many areas of dance and performed (mostly solo) in many Church and secular contexts. A long-term ICDF leader and teacher nationally and internationally, Debbie is also a certified CaraMayan teacher.

Presentation title:

Creative Reconciliation Journeys in Contested Spaces


In this presentation, I focus on Reconciliation Journeys - which began in the late 1990’s - and link them with the Creativity that we dancers can bring to such journeys. Hence, the term Creative Reconciliation Journeys.

In keeping with the characteristics of creativity, I present a series of images, impressions and areas of learning, rather than a step-by-step report of the events and learnings of our Creative Reconciliation Journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021 and 2022, and our encounters with Contested Spaces - spaces where people may disagree with each other.

I end this presentation with a short video depicting excerpts of the North Island phase of the Creative Reconciliation Journey and one of excerpts of the North Island Flash Mob.

This presentation is live.

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