Staff and students from BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at Arts University Bournemouth collaborated with Pavilion Dance South West and a pair of professional dancers on a short dance film that takes a humorous look at how dancers as artists can be influenced by the expectations and definitions placed upon them by society.

The project which was launched at Pavilion Dance in May, is to be launched at Rich Mix in London on 11th June. Third year Interior Architecture and Design student Amie English, Set Designer for the film, created the sculptural metaphor that was used in ‘The Art of Defining Me’. In a tick box society where art has become a commodity, the film by dancers and choreographers Seeta Patel, Kamala Devam and filmmaker Maria Akesson questions who puts them in boxes – society, institutions, individuals or themselves.

Amie commented “I am so excited to be part of this amazing project. Working with Seeta, Kamala and all of the rest of the crew has been so much fun and has really inspired and fuelled my passion for film and set design. Using my knowledge and experience of illusions and the adaptation of materials to trick the mind, I have created a setting that portrays the mood and atmosphere behind the performance.”

The project, which has been co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West and South East Dance, and is funded by Arts Council England. For more information on the London launch, please visit

A ‘making of’ documentary video has also been produced in relation to this project:

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