MA / MFA Creative Practice

Julia Pond, Still from BRED. Photo Gani Naylor

MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional focuses on dance, somatics and interdisciplinary practice as research and is taught by internationally renowned artists.

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

The pathway supports artists to:

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

MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional 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 bringing and exchanging 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. 

This programme offers a rare bridge between higher education and professional dance spheres. The two core modules Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice are held at Siobhan Davies Studios, where Independent Dance is based. ID leads on curation, delivery and student supports throughout these modules. Students are based at Trinity Laban for key Modules Research Lab (exploring research methodologies) and Project/Extended Project (the final research output) along with a choice from a number of module options including Dance and the Moving Image and Writing the Body.

Both of the core modules with ID 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. These modules are Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice.

Embodied Practice is led by Heni Hale and Gaby Agis together with a number of guests artists with diverse practices. These have included Experiential Anatomy practices with Eva Karczag, Miranda Tufnell and Amy Voris, Feldenkrais with Thomas Kampe and Caroline Scott, Creative applications of somatic and research approaches with Sherwood Chen, Charlie Morrissey, ‘Fumni Adewole, Frank Bock, Jean Abreu and Adesola Akinleye.  Investigative Practice is led by a different artist each year, sharing in depth their practice methods, and has included Wendy Houstoun, Florence Peake, Siobhan Davies, Angela Woodhouse, Rosemary Lee, Henrietta Hale, Rosemary Butcher. In 2022, Investigative Practice is led by Annie Pui Ling Lok, and in 2023 we are excited to welcome Jo Fong.

For more information about the programme and to contact Heni Hale to discuss an application, please see below.

Term Dates 2022/23

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

Induction week 12–16 Sep 2022

Term 1 19 Sep – 9 Dec 2022

Term 2 9 Jan 2022 – 31 March 2023 : Embodied Practice Module: 9 Jan –  10 Feb

Term 3 24 Apr – 28 Jul 2023 : Investigative Practice Module: 24 Apr – 26 May 2023

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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.