Timeline

2021

Kimberley Harvey, artist and Director of the Youth Dance Programme for Candoco Dance Company joins ID’s Board

ID ONLINE continues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with a daily offer of classes and material from the archive attended by participants in 52 countries.

ID launches a pilot edition of the International Festival of Learning

MA/MFA Creative Practice course is revalidated for a further 5 years with commendations for community-building, quality of practice and adaptability to the circumstances of the pandemic

The artist Seke Chimutengwende curates a summer of outdoor and online classes as part of ID’s programme

2020

ID joins UK Dance Network (formerly known as National Dance Network)

ID goes online in the Covid-19 pandemic with a daily programme of classes attended by 4000+ artists during the year

Who: ID welcomes producer Nicky Childs and researcher/practitioner Sara Reed as new co-Chairs. Gitta Wigro steps down in February as co-director after 7 successful years. Nikki Tomlinson takes up the role of co-director in March.

ID begins a guest-editorship of a special issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal, to be published in 2021

ID starts a strategic strand of work named Intersectional Dance Practices which supports an intergenerational mentoring scheme, consultation around decolonising the MA/MFA Creative Practice curriculum, commissioned writing around anti-racist practices in HE and research labs led by artists across a range of forms and practices

2019

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, an artist and MFA Creative Practice alumnus, joins ID’s Board

ID offers the first opportunity to experience the first 15 classes of Skinner Releasing Technique in London since 2010. The intensive is led by Gaby Agis, Kirsty Alexander and Lizzy LeQuesne

ID joins the 2-year Contemporary Dance and Whiteness project led by Royona Mitra, Arabella Stanger and Simon Ellis

ID’s international programme WinLab, continues with intensives ad talks led by Maria Hassabi (CYP/US), Bojana Cvejić (RS/BE), Miranda Tufnell (UK), Eva Karcag (NL) and Jennifer Lacey (US/FR)

2018

Artist, teacher, performer and co-founder of the collective Dog Kennel Hill Project, Heni Hale takes up the role of co-director in 2018, succeeding Kirsty Alexander and leading on artistic direction

Lisa Nelson, a founding figure in Contact Improvisation and creator of Tuning Scores, leads Pattern Recognitions , an evening of solo dancing, and a participatory game salon with two dancevideogames-in-progress based on Tuning Scores.

ID becomes a registered charity

2017

ID presents the Action Learning project, the first programme specifically for dance artists to work with cycles of action and reflection as a problem solving tool. Delivered in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development and supported by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund

Kirsty Alexander steps down as co-director, remaining module leader for  MA/MFA Creative Practice

2016

ID’s advisory group becomes ID’s board of trustees, comprising Andrew Graham, Efrosini Protopapa, Eva Martinez, Andy Wansell, and Susan Davies as Chair.

The Leverhulme Trust awards us a second 3-year round of funding to support Gill Clarke Bursaries for students on MA Creative Practice 2016–19.

ID co-hosts Memory at Work: Rosemary Butcher in the Present Tense, to commemorate her work and legacy following her death earlier that year.

ID runs the 7th and final edition of WHAT Festival first established by Gill Clarke and Fiona Millward and with guest curators over the years including Frank Bock, Martin Hargreaves and Straybird (Becky Edmunds and Lucy Cash) and with partners including SDS, Artsadmin and South East Dance

2015

Fiona Millward departs as co-director after 18 successful years, having steered ID to become a key part of the UK dance field with international reach. Kirsty Alexander takes over as co-director working alongside Gitta Wigro

Routledge publishes Becky Edmunds’ documentary about Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, Turn Your F*^king Head, with essays by Susan Foster, Bojana Bauer & Myrto Katsiki, and Deborah Hay

ID and SDD host artists Jan Ritsema, Mårten Spångberg, Bojana Cvejić and Jonathan Burrows to share the philosophies and strategies of Performing Arts Forum (PAF) France with 80 artists based in the UK during a weekend lab

ID runs Re:Imagine India, an artistic exchange project for reciprocal artistic and organisational learning, with Gati Dance Forum (Delhi) supported by ACE/British Council

2014

Independent Dance is awarded an BBC PAF Fellowship to support artist Ay de la Fe

ID-commissioned documentary Turn Your F*^king Head by Deborah Hay premieres at Cinedans Festival in Amsterdam

2013

ID and SDD offer the first round of Gill Clarke Bursaries to three students on MA Creative Practice supported by The Leverhulme Trust

Gitta Wigro becomes co-director of ID alongside Fiona Millward.

ID forms a new advisory group, with Eva Martinez as chair, and Miranda Tufnell, David Burnie, Efrosini Protopapa and Andrew Graham as members, bringing a mix of practicing artists, curators, industry professionals and teachers to help steer the organisation.

2012

ID and Siobhan Davies Dance are awarded joint National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England for 2012-15 with SDD as lead partner of the consortium

The final Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay takes place in Findhorn, with partner Bodysurf Scotland.

2011

ID partners with 11 European organisations on the launch of IDOCDE, an initiative to document and share teaching practice

BBC Performing Arts Fund funds a fellowship hosted by ID for independent dance and visual artist Janine Harrington

Co-director and pioneering dance artist Gill Clarke dies on 15 November 2011 after many years of living with cancer. Fiona Millward continues to lead ID with support from freelance consultant Theresa Beattie

2010

The first year of MA Creative Practice commences, jointly run by ID, Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios. The programme is groundbreaking in its emphasis on practice-based research, embodied learning, and in establishing strong links between professional and academic spheres

2009

The WHAT series of festivals launches with Gill Clarke curating a weekend of experimental work by a new generation of dance artists entitled What Now 2009.

Crossing Borders talks launch, hosting interdisciplinary conversations and forming the beginnings of ID’s audio archive.

2008

ID leads Deborah Hay London project: A Lecture on the Performance of Beauty presented by Deborah Hay at Siobhan Davies Studios, and a premiere performance of Grope and Find it and Pull it Out at Laban.

2007

A new website includes features for dissemination and debate including film clips and transcripts, forming the first version of ID’s digital library.

ID launches Feedback Forums, which use Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process in response to new work by professional choreographers. The programme runs through til 2017.

2006

ID begins a new partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance and moves into their new home at Siobhan Davies Studios in Elephant & Castle, London.

2004

The first Deborah Hay UK Solo Performance Commissioning Project takes place in Findhorn, Scotland, in partnership with Bodysurf Scotland.

2003

London International Summer School celebrates Judson Church pioneers Yvonne Rainer and Deborah Hay, and expands to include film showings and time for dialogue and discussion

2001

ID Co-Directors Gill Clarke and Fiona Millward receive a joint fellowship from NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts); to develop ID, supporting a new website, launch of Winlab, and the partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance.

The longstanding partnership with post-modern dance pioneer Deborah Hay begins.

Winlab, an annual programme inviting international teaching artists to lead intensive workshops, is launched

The longstanding partnership with post-modern dance pioneer Deborah Hay begins.

Winlab (Winter Laboratory) — an annual, intensive creative dance laboratory hosting leading international artists and aimed at working professionals — is launched in December.

2000

The Summer School and London Dance International partnership, which provided advanced level training opportunities for professional dance artist, is developed with Chisenhale Dance Space and Greenwich Dance Agency. Future years will celebrate Judson Church pioneer Yvonne Rainer, and include space for discussions and talks.

1998

Independent Dance moves to a new home at Jerwood Space with the support of Jerwood Director Richard Lee.

ID achieves regularly funded status from Arts Council England.

1997

Morning professional classes move to a studio at the Institute of Social Work in Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury when the Holborn Centre Closes.

1996

Fiona Millward joins ID as coordinator of the programme, with support from London Arts Board.

1993

The first Thursday Group discussion forum for dance artists is held to debate views and develop a cohesive voice in preparation for an open funder’s meeting.

1990

ID begins the first regular professional contemporary dance classes in the UK at the Holborn Centre in London. From the start, classes embrace an ethos that combines mindful enquiry with technical rigour.

1984

ID is created by a group of individual dance artists as a vehicle for new movement forms and ideas.