Independent Dance currently has seven Trustees who support the organisation in a number of ways. Their role is to constructively guide the organisation to fulfil its purpose as a registered charity and realise its aims, to support progression as the organisation moves forward, and to keep it accountable and financially robust. Our board come together at least four times a year at meetings in which the co-directors update them on programming, operations, finance and policy developments; our meetings our conversational and generative. A key priority for ID’s Board is currently to develop the Board itself to be more reflective of our inclusive programming and of society at large, and to create fair and equitable conditions across the whole organisation.
Kimberley Harvey is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She is also Director of Candoco’s Youth Dance Company. As a professional dancer, Kimberley works predominantly in contemporary dance but also physical theatre with companies such as ThisEgg and Moxie Brawl. She has her own inclusive contemporary dance company, Subtle Kraft Co. The work is centred around relationships in their various and complex forms with connection, communication and curiosity as core elements for their artistic and working practice. Kimberley is also a Trustee with Maresa von Stockert Limited and South East Dance.
Nicky Childs (co-chair) is Senior Producer with Artsadmin where she has been an integral part of the organisation’s development over the past 35 years. Nicky has produced a huge range of artists’ projects across dance, performance, theatre and visual art internationally. Varying in scale and context these have ranged from touring and one-off commissions to site-specific, participatory and socially-engaged projects working in collaboration with theatres, galleries, festivals, schools and other educational institutions. Nicky has also coordinated festivals, produced artists’ publications and partnered on multiple European networks & initiatives.
Eva Martinez is a performing arts curator, producer, dramaturg and coach, most recently Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells (2013-2020) where she curated distinctive UK based artists alongside international work, introducing new names to the theatre and supporting a new generation of artists. She was also Dance and Performance programmer at Southbank Centre and at Dance4. A sought-after collaborator within an extended international network of independent artists and organisations, she is known for her facilitative approach, championing experimentation and diversity. Notable collaborations include dramaturgy for Siobhan Davies and Candoco Dance Company. She is also Trustee of South East Dance and Pragrav Dance Company.
Born of English and Chilean descent, dance artist and choreographer Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome’s practice involves dancing/voicing as divination and political gesture, presenting in institutions, outdoors, alternative spaces and clubs. She is interested in creating work which shifts perspectives, crafting spaces of potential, where dancing/ movement, sound/ music and attending to our environments can stimulate sensations and kinaesthetic responses in the body, allowing ourselves to tune to innate gut and bodily intelligence while in multiple attentive states.
Efrosini Protopapa is a London-based choreographer and academic. Her interests lie in experimental and conceptual practices across dance, theatre and performance, and notions of value and labour, in/visibility, thinking and disagreement in/as performance. Having toured stage works across the UK and Europe, she now mostly works collaboratively and across disciplines for non-theatrical spaces. Efrosini is a Reader in Dance and Choreography at Roehampton University, where she supervises practice-led PhD projects. She also teaches internationally, curates research platforms and exchange events and has published in journals and arts publications. She is co-author of The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017) with Konstantina Georgelou and Danae Theodoridou.
Sara Reed (co-chair) is an independent academic, practitioner, researcher, writer and project manager. She is an Associate Editor for Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal – Training Grounds and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices and Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. Sara is also a Trustee of Wriggle Dance Theatre for children and families. She is a qualified Feldenkrais Practitioner and trained with Scott Clark and Elizabeth Beringer in London. Sara supervises PhD students in the areas of dance, embodied practice, pedagogy and arts and health and has published widely on embodied practice and dance.
Andy Wansell is Managing Director of YMU Business Management, part of the YMU Group who provide management services to elite global talent in the world of sports, music, and entertainment. His role is to lead their professional services division in working with a wide range of clients from emerging talent to legendary musicians. Andy came to ID through occasional visits to dance and theatre. He has stayed because he feels he can help the ID team support a community who need and deserve all the support we can offer. He has a particular interest in making ideas happen, is keen on spreadsheets and gets quite excited about budgeting, forecasting and planning.