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The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training

Programme Director: Jacky Lansley (Artistic Director, Dance Research Studio)
Guest tutors include: Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small (Project O), Sally Dean (Interdisciplinary & Somatic Practitioner), Sylvia Hallett (Musician & Composer), Esther Huss (Dance Artist & Director of the Dandelion Collective)

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.

 “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

This year’s SDIPT programme will offer participants an opportunity to create a five-minute solo performance drawing on personal experience. A film of the solos will be presented as part of the installation performance work ABOUT US, curated by Dance Research Studio, on tour in the Spring 2018. Participant’s R&D will be informed by the training focus of each SDIPT module, and by themes emerging from ABOUT US exploring the personal is political.

How to Apply 2017/18:

To apply please complete our online application form and attach your CV. For further information please download the course pack. Deadline to apply is 8th October.


Course fee: £300, Concession fee: £250

Course Dates:

Module 1: 11 & 12 Nov. 2017
The Interdisciplinary Performer

Module 2: 9 & 10 Dec. 2017
Improvisation and Emotional Embodiment

Module 3: 20 & 21 Jan. 2018
Visual Language and the Performer

Module 4: 24 & 25 Feb. 2018
The Choreographic Exchange

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