Thinking Dance Monday 7th July – Thursday 17th July

Leeds Metropolitan University and Yorkshire Dance are seeking expressions of interest from artists/research leaders in a two week practice-led research project.  The project will also share practice with Phoenix Dance Theatre’s choreographic workshops and collaborates with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.  We are inviting proposals from practitioners, artists who are looking for the opportunity to host, propose, lead, facilitate and participate in the programme of activity.

We encourage expressions of interest from artists/researchers who have some experience of working in an academic as well as an industry context.   Artist researchers must be educated to degree level or have equivalent industry experience.  We are interested in applicants sharing their work in interesting and innovative ways throughout the programme ie: walking tours, picnics, salons and other creative endeavours.

Your proposals must address and invite new discourses around current cultural trends, landscapes, practices in contemporary dance and choreography as we move forwards into the 21st century and that relate to the overall themes below:

  • Contemporaneity and British dance practices
  • Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity
  • Choreographic practices
  • The opening up of process and implications for dance-making and audience engagement
  • Immersive and participatory practice

Whilst there are no expenses available for your involvement, Yorkshire Dance can provide up to 22 hours in total of studio space and can assist in finding dancers or participants for practice research projects.  The aim of the event is to encourage dialogue and discussion as well as peer to peer feedback; this will be integral to the two week programme.

Please submit an expression of interest of no more than 500 words and your CV to kirstyredhead@yorkshiredance.com by 28th April, 2014.

Thinking Dance culminates in a one day symposium Questioning the Contemporary in 21st Century British Dance Practices on Friday 18th July 2014 at Leeds Metropolitan University. You are encouraged to apply to present the outcomes of your research here.  The Symposium is also offering two research bursaries.  For more details contacts Laura.Griffiths@LeedsMet.ac.uk