International Festival of Learning (2021)

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).

After much discussion in these complex and still very fragile times, we held a pilot edition of IFL outdoors, online, and in-studio this July.

IFL emphasizes and celebrates learning through dance itself. Woven into this edition is a theme of Intimacy and the Civic, asking how embodied relational dance practices meet with and have relevance to wider contexts. Placing work in public sites is just one simple way of exploring the complex social relations and boundaries at play, making dance practice more visible and taking dance into direct relation with the environment.

As part of IFL we also launched a new talks series in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and University of Roehampton, focused on this civic theme and continuing throughout 2021.

With IFL our intention is also to support and further international exchange, always so central to programmes such as WinLab and vital to the dance ecology. Artists of international standing led labs, presented performances and gave talks and we look forward to hosting them and everyone taking part.

We were thrilled to welcome all 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 also launched 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.

International Festival of Learning is supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.