Independent Dance (ID) supports the development of dance through radical enquiry, learning, community-building and audience engagement.
Based at Siobhan Davies Studios in London, ID is a research engine and ‘home’ organisation for a growing community of practitioners in the UK and around the world. It has been artist and female-led since 1984.
Our public programme supports a wide range of accessible and interdisciplinary approaches to dance, somatics, improvisation and choreography. Co-designed with UK/ international artists and partner organisations, this far-reaching programme includes classes, talks, workshops, research, digital initiatives and festivals.
ID also bridges higher education and professional spheres, leading on MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional in partnership with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios.
Our aim is to generate a diverse and dynamic ‘community of practice’ which is not limited to one place or location and to agitate for positive change and justice within ID, the arts and society.
Funders and partners in 2021/22
Arts Council England
The Leverhulme Trust
Fest En Fest
Center for Performance Research, New York
University of Roehampton
University of Middlesex
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal
Centre for Performance Philosophy, University of Surrey
Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University
Siobhan Davies Studios
We aim to :
support dance artists to play multiple interconnecting roles – as teacher, maker, performer, producer, researcher, activist, facilitator
provide a trusting space for learning and collaborative development
foster greater diversity; not only in terms of aesthetics or style, but also how work is made, by whom, with whom and for whom
champion the value, relevance and health benefits of embodied learning and seek connection with people and practices beyond the field of dance
safeguard the individual and collective well-being of all involved, and work with care, grace and humour
learn from and flex to shifting circumstances and artistic concerns, holding a space for critical reflection and agitating for change