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The Speaking Dancer: Interdisciplinary Performance Training

Programme Director: Jacky Lansley (Artistic Director, Dance Research Studio)
This year’s guest tutors include: Anne Bean (Installation and Performance artist), Sally E. 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. 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.

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

How to Apply:

Applications for this year’s SDIPT programme (2017-18) are now closed. If you are interested in applying in the future please email

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