Left column for textMoving ideas into action

We develop our programme to foster greater international exchange, raise the profile of independent artists’ practice, and embrace opportunities that enable artists to interact with a wider artistic and cultural field and contribute to the growth and evolution of the art form.

We work in close partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance, and other UK and international partners. ID seeks to:

  • > Support dance artists in their ongoing learning, practice and exchange of ideas
  • > Stimulate the continued evolution and reach of the artform
  • > Sustain professionals in their flexible careers by providing a stable and responsive framework of activity for artists at different points in their development.

Right column for boxesSupporting, Stimulating, Sustaining

ID Publication

Supporting, Stimulating, Sustaining is ID’s first publication printed in Spring 2007, edited by Ian Bramley with photography by Jessica Angel. It celebrates ID’s achievements since its inception in 1990 and asserts the values and ethos that underpin its ongoing  programme and future development.Download your copy of Supporting, Stimulating, Sustaining or contact us for a hard copy of this publication.

In developing its programme ID draws on the following beliefs and values:

The development of dance as an artform will be enhanced by an environment and framework that enables artists to keep excavating and extending their practice in interaction with their fellow professionals, throughout their working lives

Dance as a mindful engagement with movement and dance practitioners as questioning enquirers who seek to deepen their knowledge as well as extend their skills

Dance is a contemporary artform that sits in active relation to, and dialogue with, the changing world around it

The importance of seeking ever new ways to increase the understanding and acknowledgement of dance artists and the contribution of their practices in a wider sphere

The contemporary dance community is, by nature, mobile, international and multi-cultural

An interdependent and fluid community, which embraces the contribution and interaction of young, mature and internationally recognised artists

Provision of an inclusive environment of mutual respect, mindful of the economic status of artists within the sector as both participants and teachers

An approach to dance that is serious but not overly-earnest. Dance practices evolve through rigorous attention and playful curiosity

An openness to the fruitful influence on dance of other body work approaches and diverse artistic techniques and forms

The productive inter-relationship between the singular development of each artist, and a learning environment that prioritises the facilitation of learning and the exchange of artistic skills and ideas

Dance as an oral / kinaesthetic tradition that evolves through the daily interactions of studio practice

Support for new ideas and innovative approaches that enable teachers, as artists to keep challenging their own practice

Partnerships as a stimulating and effective way to optimise resources and maximise the potential for artistic interaction

Supporting mature professionals in their career development and in feeding their expertise back into the artistic community

The potential of dance to interact with other artists and professionals for mutual benefit, and in the belief that increased understanding of dance will enable it to make valuable contributions to current debates within society

The contribution dance knowledge and processes can make to health and well-being through increased awareness of the body in motion and enhanced sense of self


Gill Clarke (1954 – 2011)

Gill Clarke was an independent dance artist and co-director of Independent Dance.  She was a founding member of Siobhan Davies Dance Company and also performed and collaborated with other choreographers including Rosemary Butcher, Rosemary Lee, Janet Smith, Kate Brown and Marina Collard.

Gill regarded teaching as an integral part of her artistic practice. She regularly led masterclasses and workshops internationally for students, professionals and companies, and collaborated with filmmaker Becky Edmunds on a multi-screen installation – Stones and Bones.

As Head of Performance Studies at LABAN from 2000-2006, she continued a close working association with the organisation and was a member of the ‘choreographic lab’ research project supported by Northampton University. Gill was awarded an MBE for services to Dance and was an Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Ulster.

Read Gill’s full obituary here.