International Festival of Learning

ID is launching a new frame in which to share and value expanded approaches to learning, collaboration and performance – an International Festival of Learning (IFL).

After much discussion we have decided, in these complex and still very fragile times, to go ahead with a small but enticing pilot programme outdoors, online, and in-studio in small, physically distanced groups.

IFL emphasizes and celebrates learning through dance itself. Woven into this edition is a theme of Intimacy and the Civic, asking how embodied relational dance practices meet with and have relevance to wider contexts. Placing work in outdoor sites is just one simple way of exploring the complex social relations and boundaries at play and making dance practice more visible. As part of this festival we also launch a new talks series focused on this theme, in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and University of Roehampton.

With IFL, our intention is to support and further international exchange, always so central to programmes such as WinLab. We are thrilled to welcome all of the following artists to lead parts of the programme; Dinis Machado (Sweden/Portugal), Chinasa Vivian Ezugha (UK/Nigeria), Nita Little (USA) and Margarita Zafrilla Olayo (Spain/UK). And we also look forward to launching the publication of Independent Dance’s guest edition of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training with contributions from 20 artists and writers from around the world.

Thanks to project funding from ACE, we are able to offer the talks, gathering and performances free. All places on the labs are subsidized.

Programme:


THURSDAY 22 JULY:
A Park Fête: a dance for a dress in the park by Dinis Machado, preceded by TiLTING VERTICALITIES, participatory performance by Margarita Zafrilla Olayo (outdoors) + picnic

FRIDAY 23 – TUESDAY 27 JULY:
Research Lab: Movement Mazes Whispering Fictions (in the Garden) with Dinis Machado (Siobhan Davies Studios & outdoors)

TUESDAY 27 JULY:
Launch of Independent Dance and Movement Training special issue (Siobhan Davies Studios & online)

WEDNESDAY 28 – FRIDAY 30 JULY:
Workshop: The Dancing Tongues with Chinasa Vivian Ezugha (online)

FRIDAY 30 JULY:
Talk : Intimacy & the Civic #1 with Nita Little (online) – more details coming soon.

Images from top left: Dinis Machado in A Dance for a Dress in the Forest, photo Dinis Machado | Performer Vicky Malin in installation Practicing Paradigm by Dinis Machado, Nottingham. Photo Dinis Machado | Georgia Paizi, Getting Into Your Head | The Dancing Tongue video still, Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, 2021 | Nita Little, photo Fabio Flecha | Nita Little, photo Tunisphoto