Welcome to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation working responsively to support and fuel dance artists in all roles, at all stages of their career, and of all physicalities.

We nurture a practice-led, peer-supported international community of dance artists, with a particular focus on inclusive body-based research enriched by cross-disciplinary and diverse approaches.

Often working with internationally renowned artists, our programme of classes and workshops, complemented by projects and events, invites artists to deepen enquiry and exchange ideas.

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Parlour Conversations

Mon 3 – Fri 7 Sep | 10am – 12noon | Free

Our Autumn season starts with a week of Parlour Conversations, a series of informal conversations about current practice and its context.

We will talk about writing as making, and share some of that writing; upick our assumptions about somatic practice; and ask who we really mean when we talk about our audiences.

Grab a cup of tea and join the conversation!

If you graduated this year, you might also want to sign up for our annual ID Graduate Day.

And if you were an artist teaching those graduates, come to the Higher Education Round Table to share your thoughts with peers.

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Workshop: Invitation to Attend
with Claire Cunningham

Sunday 16 Sep | 11am – 5pm

In our first workshop of the season, Claire Cunningham will share methods and scores central to her work, opening up dialogues about where her choreographic practice based around attending/attention and perception, and practices learned from normative-bodied artists, meets with concepts of Crip politics – such as Crip time – and the phenomenology/lived experience of disability.

The workshop is open to people of diverse physicalities and sensory modalities, the work will use structured improvisation and allows everyone to engage at their own chosen levels of energy, pace and scale of movement.

If you have any specific access requirements please let us know.

For more information and to book click here


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Book Club for Dancers
with Rebecca Mackenzie

Starts Sat 29 Sep | 1.30 – 4.30pm

A deep dive into different techniques in fiction, exploring what they could mean for a performer; rhythm, image, gesture and symbol, landscape, the use of time, multiple voices, narrative journeys.

A novel is a place of encounter. We enter the body of the text and experience a consciousness moving through time and space. We tune into a writer’s quality of attention and ways of paying attention to direct experience.
As we encounter the body of the text, so too does the text inhabit our bodies.
How do these words rub up against our imagination?
How do they inform our doing and being in the world?
How does the text make us want to move? What does it call forth?

Read more about the Book Club.