Timeline

2017

  • ID’s Action Learning project, in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development and supported by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, provides the first such programme specifically for dance artists. 14 artists take part in two year-long sets in the first round.
  • Rosemary Lee takes over the Investigative Practice module on the MA course.
  • Dance artists Amy Voris and Sarah Spies guest-programme the autumn season.

2016

  • The ID advisory group officially becomes ID’s board of directors, comprising Andrew Graham, Efrosini Protopapa, Eva Martinez, Andy Wansell, and Susan Davies as chair.
  • ID and Siobhan Davies Dance jointly present the 6th “WHAT” festival What remains… Anatomy of an Artist in May 2016
  • The first three years of Gill Clarke Bursaries, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, have supported artists Anna Casey, David Leahy, Benjamin Ord, Rosalie Wahlfrid, Rebecca D’Andrea, Henoch Spinola, Rosalind Holgate Smith and Adam Moore in their MA Creative Practice journeys. Leverhulme awarded a second grant, which will support students from 2016-2019.
  • ID invites artist Andrea Buckley to guest-programme the autumn season.
  • ID co-hosts Memory at Work: Rosemary Butcher in the Present Tense, to commemorate the work and legacy of Rosemary Butcher, following her death earlier that year.

2015

  • Fiona Millward departs after 18 successful years, having steered ID as it grew into a central part of the UK dance provision for independent artists. Kirsty Alexander takes over as co-director.
  • Routledge publishes the Becky Edmunds documentary about Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, Turn Your F*^king Head, with essays by Susan Foster, Bojana Bauer & Myrto Katsiki, and Deborah Hay.
  • ID and SDD host artists Jan Ritsema, Mårten Spångberg, Bojana Cvejić and Jonathan Burrows to bring the philosophies and strategies of Performing Arts Forum (PAF) to London.
  • ID opens the Gill Clarke Resource Fund, which uses the royalties from the Routledge publication of Turn Your F*^king Head to provide artists with research material.
  • ID is awarded funding from ACE/British Council joint initiative Re:Imagine India to run an artistic exchange project with like-minded organisation Gati Dance Forum in New Delhi, India, in 2015 and 2016.

2014

  • Antonio de la Fe and Independent Dance are awarded a BBC PAF Fellowship.
  • ID-commissioned documentary Turn Your F*^king Head about Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project premieres at Cinedans Festival in Amsterdam
  • what_now 2014 takes a new shape as a residency with 20 artists living and working in the building for four days.

2013

  • ID and SDD offer the first round of Gill Clarke Bursaries to three students on the MA Creative Practice. The recipients are David Leahy, Anna Casey and Benjamin Bigg Wither Ord.
  • ID forms its new advisory group, with Eva Martinez as chair, and Miranda Tufnell, David Burnie, Efrosini Protopapa and Andrew Graham as its members.
  • Frank Bock curates what_now 2013, a showcase of new work from the UK and abroad.

2012

  • ID and Siobhan Davies Dance are awarded joint National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England.
  • What Matters, curated by straybird – Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds, presents film, installation and live work.
  • The final Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay takes place in Findhorn, with partner Bodysurf Scotland.
  • Gitta Wigro joins ID as general manager.

2011

  • ID and 11 European partner organisations begin an international collaboration, IDOCDE, to document and share teaching practice.
  • WHAT NOW 2011, curated by Gill Clarke.
  • ID awarded a grant from BBC Performing Arts Fund to host a fellowship for independent dance and visual artist Janine Harrington, providing support and mentoring towards the creation of The Bridge.
  • After many years of living with cancer co-director Gill Clarke dies on 15 November 2011.
    ID undergoes a year of intensive redevelopment.
  • Frank Bock and Kirsty Alexander join the ID team as the Crossing Borders curator / What festival lead, and MA programme leader and HE advisor.

2010

  • The first year of the MA Creative Practice commences, jointly run by ID, Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Dance.
  • What if… 2010, a festival drawing on work in film, dance, live and visual art co-curated by Lucy Cash, Becky Edmunds, Claudia Kappenberg and Chirstinn Whyte with Gill Clarke, takes place at ID and in Brighton.

2009

  • Gill Clarke curates a weekend of experimental work by a new generation of dance artists entitled What Now 2009, which becomes the first of the What series of festivals presented by ID.

2008

  • Deborah Hay London Project –  A Lecture on the Performance of Beauty presented by Deborah Hay at Siobhan Davies Studios, and a premiere performance of Grope and Find it and Pull it Out at Laban.
  • Return of London Dance International partnership with Greenwich Dance Agency and Chisenhale Dance Space – ID hosts a workshop with David Zambrano.

2007

2006

  • ID begins a new partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance and moves into its new home at Siobhan Davies Studios in Elephant & Castle, London.
  • Winlab festival expanded to include windows onto artistic processes and improvisational practices.

2004

  • The first Deborah Hay UK Solo Performance Commissioning Project takes place in Findhorn, Scotland. In partnership with Bodysurf Scotland.

2003

  • London International Summer School celebrates Judson Church pioneers Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay, and expands to include film showings and time for dialogue and discussion.

2001

  • ID Co-Directors Gill Clarke and Fiona Millward receive a joint fellowship from NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts); part of the fellowship is to develop ID, and support the development of a website, Winlab, and the partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance.
  • ID website goes live.
  • The longstanding partnership with post-modern dance pioneer Deborah Hay begins.
  • Winlab — an annual, intensive creative dance laboratory — is launched in December.

2000

1998

  • Independent Dance moves to a new home at Jerwood Space with the support of their Director Richard Lee.
  • ID achieves regularly funded status from Arts Council England.

1997

  • The Holborn Centre closes and classes move to a studio at the Institute of Social Work in Coram Fields, Bloomsbury.

1996

  • Fiona Millward joins ID as coordinator of the programme, with support from London Arts Board.

1993

  • The first Thursday Group discussion forum for dance artists is held to debate views and develop a cohesive voice in preparation for an open funder’s meeting.

1990

  • The first regular professional contemporary dance classes in the UK find a home base at the Holborn Centre in London.
  • From the start, classes embrace an ethos that combines mindful enquiry with technical rigour.

1984 

  • ID founded by a group of individual dance artists as a vehicle for new movement forms and ideas.