About the Library
Independent Dance’s digital library will house an extensive range of research material to read, watch and listen to. This material is being gathered from the past 15 years of our nearly 40 year history and is drawn from work ID has programmed, or with which ID has a direct connection.
By re-releasing this archive and creating this new digital space as a home for documentation of our programme and research, ID aims to create a free, non-academic, dance research resource which is available to all. We will be making a few specially curated series public over the coming months, until the full archive is available. Until this time, please note that some searches will still show 'no results' - this is only temporary!
This material was available on ID’s former website and is re-released here with minimal edits, noting the original dates. Our aim has been to increase accessibility and to organise the collection to be more easily searchable. We have added introductions offering short summaries of each piece and have included contributors’ biographies from the time at which the material was recorded. It is important to say that views expressed are also of their time and may have subsequently changed or developed; this is an archival library and in this sense will reflect the period in which the material was created.
As we move forward, new material will be added, including audio and video recordings of talks, and occasional written material, from ID’s programme. Our hope for the future is that this archive will further thinking and discussion and be a springboard for new research.
In the Library you will find content to Read, Watch and Listen to. You can browse by tags like ‘eco-somatic’ or ‘choreographic thinking,’ or search by year, artist name, or other keywords. While we are still working on the full collection, you cannot cross-reference tags (you can only search one tag at a time) but as the project develops we hope this will be an added feature.
Heni Hale + Nikki Tomlinson: overall direction
Heni Hale: curator of Being With: towards the ecological body collection
Julia Pond: editorial lead
Renée Bellamy + Jay Yule: content editors
Renée Bellamy: voiceover
Alison Thomas: project assistance
The first phase of ID’s Library project is supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
If you enjoy the content and find it useful, please consider making a donation to ID to help us to continue developing the library.