International Festival of Learning

Dinis Machado in A Dance for a Dress in the Forest, photo Dinis Machado
Dinis Machado in A Dance for a Dress in the Forest, photo Dinis Machado

ID has launched a new frame in which to share and value expanded approaches to learning, collaboration and performance – an International Festival of Learning (IFL).

With support from Arts Council England, the first edition took place in July 2021.

IFL emphasizes and celebrates learning through dance itself. With IFL our intention is also to support and further international exchange, always so central to earlier programmes at Independent Dance such as WinLab and vital to the dance ecology.

Woven into the first edition was a theme of Dance, Intimacy and the Civic, asking how embodied relational dance practices meet with and have relevance to wider contexts. As part of the festival we launched a new series of talks in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and University of Roehampton, focused on this civic theme and continuing into 2022.

We were thrilled to welcome the following artists programmed in this first edition of IFL:
Dinis Machado (Sweden/Portugal), Chinasa Vivian Ezugha (UK/Nigeria), Nita Little (USA), Margarita Zafrilla Olayo (Spain/UK), Vanessa Grasse (IT/UK), Akeim Toussaint-Buck (Jamaica/UK). We were also delighted to launch the publication of Independent Dance’s guest edition of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training issue developed over the past two years with contributions from 20 artists and writers from around the world.

Look out for news about the next edition of the International Festival of Learning which is in the pipeline for December 2022.

Image by Georgia Paizi