‘The next five minutes (recursion)’, 2020 – ongoing. Performance practice from home, presented over Zoom. By Alice Gale-Feeny

MA / MFA Creative Practice

‘The next five minutes (recursion)’, 2020 – ongoing. Performance practice from home, presented over Zoom. By Alice Gale-Feeny

MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional focuses on dance, somatics and interdisciplinary practice as research with leading teaching artists.

Led by Independent Dance in partnership with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios, this programme enables experienced practitioners to develop their artistic practice in a stimulating environment of intellectual and creative inquiry.

The programme supports artists to:

  • reflect on their body of professional experience and its role in their ongoing learning
  • engage in intensive studio-based experiences with significant artists and a skilled peer group
  • deepen their own practice as performers/makers
  • develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies within the arts and pursue their own area of artistic interest

The programme works with an expanded notion of dance in dialogue with wide artistic and cultural contexts. It embraces a diversity of forms and approaches, with guest artists of international renown leading practical and discursive sessions and seminars. Peer learning and support is integral to the approach, with students tending to bring and exchange a breadth of experience and expertise. The programme promotes a fluid and generative exchange between theory and practice, in the belief that knowledge emerges through dance and movement practice itself. 

With two core modules led by Independent Dance based at Siobhan Davies Studios in London, this course offers a rare bridge between the academic and dance professional spheres, drawing on the resources and expertise of professional as well as academic institutions. 

These two core modules are Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice. Both are run as intensive 5-week blocks with the aim to make it more possible for students to continue professional commitments outside of the course during the rest of the year.

Guest artists on Investigative Practice are leaders in the field and have included : Wendy Houstoun, Florence Peake, Siobhan Davies, Angela Woodhouse, Rosemary Lee, Henrietta Hale, Rosemary Butcher.

Term Dates 2021/22

Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice run as intensive five week blocks in the spring and summer terms, respectively.

Induction week 13–17 Sep 2021

Term 1 20 Sep – 10 Dec 2021

Term 2 10 Jan – 1 Apr 2022 : Embodied Practice Module: 10 Jan –  11 Feb

Term 3 25 Apr – 29 Jul 2022 : Investigative Practice Module: 25 Apr – 27 May

MA/MFA Creative Practice | Q&A 1

MA/MFA Creative Practice | Q&A 2

Contact us

You are welcome to get in touch with Lead Tutor Heni Hale to discuss an application by writing to heni@independentdance.co.uk

What some of our students have said

It was, without doubt, the most beneficial professional educative programme of study that I have undertaken in my professional career to date.

I feel that Embodied Practice has laid foundations that will serve the rest of my career progression and academic life.

I looked for years to find an MA program like this. This program fosters a somatic approach to movement and supports practicing artists to continue with their own path of inquiry. The teachers, environment and tutoring offered is outstanding. These conditions for learning have allowed me to stretch beyond what I thought was imaginable.  I am now better able to articulate my ideas within my practice and place those ideas in a broader context.

The course is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to identify who and where we are as artists, giving us a secure place to challenge ourselves.

The taught elements were inspiring, the reach of the research expansive, my understanding of how theoretical texts and somatic practice can mutually inform has developed.