Welcome to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation providing a responsive framework to support, sustain and stimulate dance artists in their ongoing development as professionals.

It provides a specialist and coherent programme offering opportunities to learn, deepen enquiry, share practice and exchange ideas as part of an interdependent international community.

The classes and workshops at the core of the programme, led by internationally renowned artists, place a particular focus on movement exploration as a source for performance, improvisation and composition. They are complemented by a range of specific projects and events.

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Guest curation of the autumn classes

Guest curators Amy Voris and Sarah Spies frame the autumn classes and workshops programme with their interest in the curatorial as it arises in dance practice:

We wanted to foreground curation as a creative process and how creative movement practices might be deeply connected to curatorial practices.”

The morning class artists have all been invited to respond to their curatorial starting point.

Among the artists invited to lead classes are Jo Blowers, Mary Prestidge and Paula Hampson of the Liverpool Improvisation Collective (alongside fellow LIC artist and ID ‘regular’ Andrea Buckley), ‘Funmi Adewole, Manny Emslie and Karin Fisher-Potisk.
Seke Chimutengwende will lead his first week of morning classes for ID.
Read more about the artists and their classes.

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We are recruiting

At the end of this year, Kirsty Alexander will leave her post as co-director of ID, after four brilliant years in this role.

We are inviting applications from individuals with an existing artistic practice and leadership experience to deliver and drive ID’s ambitious programme of artist and artform development.

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 October – click here to read more.

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Workshops in autumn 2017

Booking is open for workshops with Anna Macdonald and the artists behind the project Choreographic Figures – Deviations from the LineMariella Greil, Emma Cocker, and Nikolaus Gansterer.

Anna Macdonald is a dance artist and scholar whose work spans dance, live art and film. Her workshop Acts of Holding directs itself at makers who wish to look at how they make decisions to hold on to or let go of things in their work.

The Deviations from the Line workshop moves between moving, drawing and writing, asking how we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign.

Find out more about both workshops here.