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 is launching 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 have decided to go ahead with a small but enticing pilot programme outdoors, online, and in-studio this coming 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 launch a new talks series in partnership with Sadler’s Wells and University of Roehampton, focused on this civic theme and continuing thoughout 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 will be leading labs, presenting performances and giving talks and we look forward to hosting them and everyone taking part.

We are 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 look forward to launching 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. With this support in place, we are able to offer the performance and talk events free of charge and to subsidize all places on the labs and workshops.

We look forward to welcoming you to this first edition!