Independent Dance (ID) supports the development of dance through radical enquiry, learning, community-building and audience engagement.
We have been led by artists since 1984 and are based at Siobhan Davies Studios in London.
ID is a thinktank and a research hub for meeting and learning that spans generations and a ‘home’ organisation and reference point for a wide community across the world.
Our year-round public programme is learning and participation based, and includes classes, workshops, research projects, digital initiatives and festivals. This programme is influenced by a wide range of approaches to dance, somatics, improvisation and choreography and is co-designed with artists based in the UK and internationally.
We lead on MA/MFA Creative Practice : Dance Professional with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios, and run initiatives bridging higher education, academic and professional spheres.
We facilitate critically-engaged activity through collaborating with artists, organisations, higher education institutions and others.
We foster a diverse ‘community of practice’ which is not limited to one place or location, through our programme and the ways we work with people.
We agitate for positive change and justice within ID, the arts and society.
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 distinct contribution of learning and research through dancing, teaching and making and the value of dance as a means of generating knowledge, well-being and understanding
champion the value and relevance of embodied learning and its multiple benefits and seek connection with people and practices beyond the field of dance
safeguard the individual and collective well-being of all involved – staff, ambassadors, trustees, artists, partners and publics – 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. At the heart of this is Richard Sennett’s concept of ‘recursion’, where learning is an organic process of adding to, testing, recalibrating, adapting. In this sense, ID seeks vibrancy through renewal rather than expansion.