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Performance Projects

DRS has emerged from artistic practice and many years of experience; this has sketched out the contours of its activities since its foundation in 2002. The studio will continue to produce and curate new creative projects both in-house and in partnership with other national and international venues/organisations, including performance work, films, exhibitions and publications by artists associated with DRS.



Mixed Media Performance

In this second phase of development the company have focused on the personal as political – explored through a rich tapestry of movement, words, space and image. Part of this new research journey imagines the experience of endangered species – such as the elephant and giraffe – as a way to investigate what it is to be human beings…

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 work will adapt to the particular qualities of various types of space and context – whether gallery, theatre or other public location. The audience will enjoy a variety of perspectives and maybe mobile, seated and participatory.

See ‘ABOUT US’ on tour this Spring 2018!
Supported by Arts council England & PRS Foundation.


Collaborative residencies at DRS grow out of existing professional relationships with practitioners who have been involved with previous research projects or CPD programmes at DRS. Most projects emerge from an artist’s proposal to DRS; if the project goes forward DRS will offer appropriate support including: studio space, mentoring and some administrative/marketing support. DRS will also collaborate on funding bids to the Arts Council and other funding organisations. DRS is particularly interested to work with artists on interdisciplinary projects that are exploring personal and political themes.

The Wise Body: Conversations with experienced dancers

Edited by Jacky Lansley and Fergus Early
Published by Intellect Books

In The Wise Body, choreographers Lansley and Early interview twelve distinguished dancers who continue to enjoy exceptionally long performing careers. The essays reflect wide-ranging concerns, and connect the experiences of senior practitioners in areas as diverse as health, philosophy, psychology and cross art form research, giving an extraordinary picture of the worldwide network of independent dancers and their practice.
Contributers: Philippe Priasso, Lisa Nelson, La Tati, Julyen Hamilton, Yoshito Ohno, Steve Paxton, Jacky Lansley, Will Gaines, Jane Dudley, Pauline de Groot, Bisakha Sarker, Fergus Early.

The Rebel Man Standard – Interview with DRS Artistic Director Jacky Lansley

“My arts practice is completely determined by the social and political environment in which it and I exist. I may or may not choose to make these influences explicit; I may not always be fully aware of how social/political issues impact on my work; I do know, however, that there is a continuous interaction between my arts practice and ‘politics’ whether linked to concerns about wars, the environment, sexism, racism, oppression of children, oppression of people with disabilities, classism, ageism. I also believe that the repression and gagging of artists throughout the world is a serious issue for human beings.”

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