Special Issue: Independent Dance Training

ID guest edits edition of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal

The TDPT journal is a champion of a wide range of training initiatives, beyond the more traditional conservatoires and training colleges. Keen to carry on supporting the increasing visibility of training forms and methods that do not fit neatly into recognised models, the editors approached ID to guest-edit an upcoming issue.

We are inviting proposals from practitioners and academics to illuminate as broad a range of perspectives as possible.

How do artists create, practice and develop independent training forms, and what do current practitioners consider to be important?

Submissions can range from traditional formats (scholarly peer reviewed articles) to shorter pieces, which are not peer reviewed, including essays, “postcards” of up to 200 words, visual essays and book or event reviews. We welcome a wide range of different proposals!

The ‘independent dance artists’ that ID engages with can be many things.
They may produce or perform in choreographic works in traditional, unconventional, or digital settings.
They may work as facilitators or teachers with other professionals or in community settings. Or they may be practitioners from other disciplines such as fine arts, architecture or science who engage in an embodied movement practice.

We want to chart the altered or alternative training routes that can embrace diverse body capabilities and cognitive/sensory modalities. In other cases, formal training may not be available in a particular cultural or historical form of dance; we are interested in the alternative training routes people create to develop less-mapped creative fields.

Through paying attention to inclusivity in dance practice we wish to interrogate how embodied choreographic / improvisation practices develop their own intrinsic ethics. What can we learn from understanding the complex processes people with disabilities or diverse sensory modalities undertake; or the process undertaken by people who face daily situations of exclusion for all kinds of reasons?

Visit the Theatre Dance Performance Training blog which shares practice and debate issues in an interactive format.

Click below to download the full detail of the call for proposals.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: New deadline for proposals is 24 April 2020.