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The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training 2018/2019

This unique professional development programme is now in its 10th year. Enrolment is open for the 2018/19 programme – a  few places are still left; don’t miss out!

The Speaking Dancer is a unique and outstanding professional development programme that supports the artist as performer and devisor/choreographer. SDIPT offers students coming from a professional and or performing arts degree background the opportunity to rethink their relationship to their practice, and develop new processes and skills. The programme consists of four modules taken over intensive weekend workshops with an exceptional faculty of tutors.  Find out more

 “The art of performance requires above all else a self awareness; to be a performer you have to know yourself, to understand your heritage, your cultural and personal patterns… Most importantly the ability to focus on the small and everyday is vital: particularly within a craft that is often extraordinary and extreme.”  Jacky Lansley

“Taking this programme has been absolutely pivotal to my development as a performing artist. I feel like I have found my niche! Dance Research Studio is a unique environment and offers something so different to anything I have experienced at university or in other performance courses.”  SDIPT student

ABOUT US: Mixed Media Performance

The ABOUT US project brings together an outstanding group of intergenerational artists from dance, visual art, experimental music and theatre including: director/choreographer Jacky Lansley, composer Sylvia Hallett, cinematographer Roswitha Chesher, lighting/technical designer Nao Nagai and dramaturg Ramsay Burt. The interdisciplinary performers participating include: Vincent Ebrahim, Esther Huss, Ursula Early, Ingrid Mackinnon, Fergus Early, Jreena Green and Tim Taylor.

The 2018 launch tour saw ABOUT US visit Cultural Exchanges Festival – De Montfort University/Leicester, Bluecoat – Liverpool, and Oxford House Theatre – London
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“This is utopian performance in which performers bathe both one another and their audience in well-being and gently instil a sense of hope for our collective futures…

It’s a show that doesn’t emphasise what you can’t do but what you can. Rather than being over-stimulating or jarring it’s kind and inclusive. And a lot more” Josephine Leask, Dance Tabs

DANCE RESEARCH STUDIO RECEIVES AWARD FROM PRS FOUNDATION!

DRS is delighted to announce it has received an award from the PRS Foundation to support the creation of new music by the leading experimental composer Sylvia Hallett for the mixed-media performance ‘ABOUT US’ directed and choreographed by Jacky Lansley.

‘About Us’ is a performance built from the artists’ shared experiences about – home, loss, joy, caring, age, the environment and cultural identity. Repetition of these stories through soundscapes, film and live performance becomes celebratory and insightful, as large and small events are framed and made special.

CHOREOGRAPHIES: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form

By Jacky Lansley
Published by Intellect Books

See reviews by: Lynn MacRitchieNicholas MinnsRosie Lehan and The Dancer-Citizen Journal

Choreographies offers unique insight into the processes behind independent choreography and paints a vivid portrait of a rigorous practice that combines dance, performance art, visuals and a close attention to space and site
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