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Summer at ID


We are happy - tentatively excited, even -  to share this overview of ID's summer season.

It includes a rich line-up of morning and evening classes, guest curation by Seke Chimutengwende, three public research spaces, a new moving image festival - Kinesthesia - and MA/MFA Creative Practice with Wendy Houstoun as guest lead artist.

Our aim is to host some of the programme outdoors as well as online and, as soon as regulations allow, we very much look forward to being back at Siobhan Davies Studios.

The Gill Clarke Bursary Scheme is also now open to application; £25,000 is available to support artists to undertake MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway in 2021-2.

We are prepared for plans to shape-shift as we go. For this reason, e-flyers will continue to be weekly for now. Please accept our apologies if this is rather frequent; we'll be aiming to return to a monthly version as soon as things settle more.

Booking is now open for the first research space this season, Cripping Space & Time co-led by Dan Daw, Kitty Fedorec and Tanja Erhart. Booking for classes will open one week in advance on Mondays. For all other events, full details and booking information will be announced in due course; for now...please save the dates! 

Warm wishes from the ID team: Heni, Nikki, Claudia, Jay

Cripping Space & Time with Dan Daw, Kitty Fedorec & Tanja Erhart

Sun 9 May & Sat 28 Aug
11am – 4.30pm
At Siobhan Davies Studios

This research space is for artists who identify as Crip, D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent only.

How can the disabled body be empowered to redesign space and redefine time for itself in order to get what the body and mind need? How can we bring the wholeness of our body-minds into the space we share and dance as a catalyst of our individual needs and need for collective care?

Dan Daw has joined forces with Kitty Fedorec and Tanja Erhart to offer an experiment, exploring what might happen if they try to centralise care by looking at what satisfies us as a collective of bodies in space and time.

Cost: £50 includes both dates, all places subsidized

More info | Book here

How To Be Afraid? with mayfield brooks, Mary Pearson & collaborators

Mon 24 - Fri 28 May | Various events

How to Be Afraid? performance project by mayfield brooks and Mary Pearson comes to ID for a week of practice, discussion, collaboration and performance.

Pressure is mounting as we are longing to get out of global lockdowns. Living in a pandemic has exposed harsh realities of already pressurised conditions: racial, gender-based and political violence, police brutality, authoritarian governments clamping down on their citizens.

When a pressure valve is opened, releasing pressure exposes how much was already there. How do we navigate this time when pressure needs to be released?

How to Be Afraid? will include a research space, discussion and performance. Full programme announced and booking opens 12 April.

For an introduction to this project, you are invited to watch a recording of Improvisations with inteference: haunted by histories, guided by ghosts, a performance and discussion by mayfield brooks, Mary Pearson & Seke Chimutengwende livestreamed in Februrary.


As part of Morning Classes, we are revisiting some online resources and class recordings from the past year. This is for the first 5 weeks of term, while MA/MFA Creative Practice takes place. In the second half of term, we are really delighted to welcome Seke Chimutengwende as guest curator; Seke's line-up will be announced soon.

Monday Night Improvisation runs throughout the term in a range of formats.

Online Resources

26 Apr - 09 May | Stefan Jovanovic
03 - 16 May | Eva Karczag
10 - 23 May | Alexandrina Hemsley

Morning Class

Curated by Seke Chimutengwende
Open to experienced movement practitioners

From 1 June to 2 July, Mon - Fri
Full details coming soon

Monday Night Improvisation

Open to all
Mondays | 6.30pm - 8.00pm 

26 Apr | Rebecca Mackenzie
10 May | Sten Rudstrom
17 May | Gerrard Martin
24 May | Zoë Solomons
07 Jun | Robert Anderson
14 Jun | Bisola Bello
21 Jun | Yumino Seki
28 Jun | Matthew Harding 

A sneak preview of Seke Chimutengwende's curatiorial vision for his programme:

"The theme I have chosen for these classes is choreographic practices / choreographic experiments. The idea being to bring choreographic practices, materials and questions into the frame of the morning class and also into the frame of the online or outdoor context. These could be current, previous or untested choreographic practices as well as borrowed practices. I am thinking of choreography as a way of being in the world, an approach to living, moving and thinking and the aim for these classes is that they are more about experiencing and embodying than making or learning to choreograph."

Booking & Prices

Advance booking required. Bookings will open one week in advance on Mondays and stay open until 1 hour before class starts. 

Studio-based & Outdoor classes | £6
Online resources or Zoom classes | £4

Class card10 classes of any kind I £40

MA/MFA Creative Practice & Gill Clarke Bursaries

Delivered by ID in partnership with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Dance, MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional supports experienced practitioners to develop their artistic practice in a stimulating environment of intellectual and creative inquiry with teaching artists of international renown.

Applications for the course are now open. We are also inviting applications for the Gill Clarke Bursary funded by The Leverhulme Trust. £25,000 in total is available to support students with bursaries ranging from £2000 to £7000 each. This is the last year that we are sure to be able to offer these bursaries.

Deadline for bursary applications: 7 June

Please note: to be eligible for the bursary, you have to have been accepted onto MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional

More info on MA/MFA Creative Practice


Kinesthesia Moving Image Festival
17 – 18 July

Artificial Facts with Philippe Blanchard: research space
12 – 16 July

In partnership with and hosted at Middlesex University, Kinesthesia is a new moving image festival curated by Dominique Rivoal, Claire Loussouarn, Adesola Akinleye, Gitta Wigro, Heni Hale (ID) and Nikki Tomlinson (ID).

With a focus on the body as the agent of seeing rather than as an object of display, it invites makers and viewers to rreconsider the domination of the visual over other senses. Kinesthesia will include screenings, installations, short workshops, talks, and a research space led by Philippe Blanchard.

The programme will be announced in full in May. Part-funded by the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries Middlesex University.

Kinesthesia Festival | Artificial Facts with Philippe Blanchard


ID's programme is open to disabled and non-disabled people. Our work is not based on a normative view of the human body, and we strive at all times to create a context where artists with disabilities work as equal participants. We learn about this continually from the artists with whom we work

Siobhan Davies Studios is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts to both floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance

The Roof Studio is fitted with an infra red audio system and both studios have an induction loop hearing system. We are currently not financed to offer BSL interpretation or audio description for every event in the building

Online classes and events offer automated live captioning

Please contact us to discuss any access requirements you may have

Resources for artists

DanceOutsideDance podcast launch:  a new podcast practicing the art of interdisciplinary conversations. Initiated by current MFA Creative Practice students Laura Colomban, Alice Gale-Feeny, Michaela Gerussi and Julia Pond, iexplores aspects of movement-based artistic practices via conversations with practitioners within - and beyond - dance. Iinformal online launch 8 April, 7pm: book here.

The Apocalypse Reading Room – Residency Programme: curated by Ama Josephine Budge and supported by Artsadmin, The Apocalypse Reading Room invites two artists to take part in a paid 3 month residency programme. Application deadline: 7 April


Images from top: Collage from left clockwise: Dan Daw and Christopher Owen, photo Hugo Glendinning; Tanja Erhart and Katharina Senk in “j_e_n_g_a” by two crutches, photo Franzi Kreis / Im_flieger 2020; Kitty Fedorec by Christa Holka | mayfield brooks & Mary Pearson performing How To Be Afraid? at Improspekcije Festival (2019) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, photo Tara Ivanisevic | Collage from left: ‘Constellations’ by Stefan Jovanović, featuring Katye Coe, photo Camilla Greenwell; Bisola Bello, photo Tamata Ferriari; Yumino Seki, photo James Roseveare; Gerrard Martin, video still from 'State of Our Union'; Alexandrina Hemsley in CONTOUR (2018) in collaboration with composer Jasmin Rodgman and The London Symphony Orchestra, photo Richard Moore | Rachel Lopez de la NietaPhoto Dominique Rivoal 

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