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We are now recruiting an Arts Administration Intern

About The Position

We are hiring an Arts Administration Intern for the new year. Please read the job description, person specification and application process below.
Salary: Voluntary  (basic  expenses  covered)  
Duration: Part-time      
Closing  Date: December 3rd, 2018


Dance Research Studio (DRS) is an independent research centre  for innovative dance and performance founded by the artist Jacky Lansley in  2002.  Situated in Shoreditch in central London, the studio provides an  accessible and nurturing laboratory  for  combined  arts  research  and  development.


The Arts/Administrative Intern  will  contribute to the dissemination  of  social media and management of daily office activities. The appointment  coincides with a period  of  artistic  and organisational development at DRS and will provide a career development opportunity for an applicant  with an interest in arts administration and marketing.


The intern will work closely with the Artistic Director and Company Administrator across a range of  activities  in  support of  its programmes which include:      

  • supporting the management of studio hires; 
  • supporting The Administrator  with  online  marketing  for  DRS  activities;
  • general  office  support. 

This  position  is  for  one  day  a  week  over  6  months, beginning  week of January 7th, 2019 and concluding at the end of June 2019.  


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to creative detail 
  • Computer literate
  • Fluency in excel and word  
  • Able to work to deadlines    
  • Cheerful and unflappable  

Interviews will be held Tuesday 11th of December, 2018 

Please send a statement of interest and a full CV

R-AGE: Chisnehale Dance Space Collaboration Between Generations Commission

Showcase Performance December 8th, 2018 (6pm)

We’re pleased to announce a new project commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space and supported by Dance Research Studio: Jacky Lansley and Grace Nicol (Woman SRSLY) have begun working on R-AGE, a conversation through dance, image and performance between a ‘young’ woman and an ‘older’ woman. Together they explore the power of women working together across generations and examine questions about women and age, including those frustrating generalisations which frame women as never being the right age.

Drawing on their working relationship and friendship over the last four years, they will collaborate on devising a cross-disciplinary score, which will engage the audience in a series of challenging, humorous and radical questions about women, power, art and age.

CLICK HERE for tickets to the December 8th, 2018 (6pm) showcase at Chisenhale Dance Space

The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training (SDIPT)

Now in its 10th year!

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:  Performance Installation

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


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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