Welcome! to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations with a focus on learning. It has been led by artists since it was founded in 1984, with collaboration, questioning, advocacy and internationalism at its heart.

We are based at Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS) in London. ID and SDS are partners in a National Portfolio Organisation consortium, currently receiving regular funding from Arts Council England.

ID’s aim at all times is to work towards being an organisation which is future-thinking, inclusive, anti-racist, and environmentally sustainable, working proactively towards positive change and justice both within ID and the wider arts field.

Our year-round public programme offers includes live and online classes and workshops in a wide range of forms of dance and movement, research projects, small-scale festivals, mentoring and talks. We offer paid work to 80+ artists a year and collaborate with them and partner organisations across the UK and the globe to facilitate critically- engaged activity for artists, participants and audiences.

ID also forms a bridge between professional and academic spheres, co-delivering an MA/MFA degree programme with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios and running a range of projects connected to higher education.

As such, ID is a thinktank, a hub for research, a meeting and learning ground, and a base for artists across generations. It is considered a ‘home’ organisation and reference point by a wide community across the UK and internationally.

Due to the pandemic, our staff team of four have mainly been working from home since March 2020. Since then we have adapted our programme, sustaining an online offer of classes and events throughout the year, attended by participants in 47 countries. During this time we have also piloted new strands of work under the umbrella title Intersectional Dance Practices, and are planning to expand these in 2021-2 and beyond.

This week!

Booking is open for live online Morning classes with Yael Flexer this week.
All classes now have automated live captioning.

Book here

Image: Acting Our Age R&D by Yael Flexer & Galit Liss, photo by Eli Passi

Gill Clarke Bursaries

The Gill Clarke Bursaries are substantial bursaries of between 2k-7k to support students on the MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional pathway.

Applications are now open for 2021/22. Deadline to apply: Monday 7 June 2021, 12pm.

Image: Unravelling by Emma Hoette, performers Kate Brown, Franziska Boehm, Lydia Swift, Chloe D’Arcy, Emma Hoette

Job opportunity with ID

Our wonderful colleague Claudia Tonietto will be leaving ID this summer. We are now recruiting for a Programme Coordinator to coordinate and promote our public programme and support the administration of ID as an ACE-funded organisation.

This is a wide-ranging, 4 day a week, role in an artist-led organisation. We are looking for someone who enjoys organising, hosting and facilitating and who would thrive as part of a small, motivated team delivering an international programme of activity.

Full info & how to apply here

Image: Sherwood Chen, photo Michał Wojtarowicz

Improvisations with interference: haunted by histories, guided by ghosts

A captioned recording of the recent livestreamed performance by mayfield brooks, Mary Pearson & Seke Chimutengwende is now here

Improvisations with interference is part of How to Be Afraid?, an ongoing performance project led by mayfield brooks and Mary Pearson. Taking place online from three locations – New York, Liverpool and London – this informal performance emerges from a short period of online collaboration this February and is an attempt at collective clairvoyance. A partnership project co-produced by the lead artists and ID with support from The Bluecoat (Liverpool), Center for Performance Research (New York) and ACE

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Image: mayfield brooks & Mary Pearson performing How To Be Afraid? at Improspekcije Festival (2019) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, photo by Tara Ivanisevic

“ID’s work to bring innovations in dance research to London dance practitioners, artists and the wider community is vital.”

ID Participant

Images from top, clockwise: Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot & Petra Söör, photos by Akshay Sharma and Maria Andrews, collage | Amy Voris, photo Christian Kipp | Rosalie Wahlfrid, still from film Småland | Francis Angol, photo Robert Waite