OPPORTUNITY for dancers, choreographers and movement artists!

A professional development and networking opportunity with DanSCe Dialogues 2 for developing dance artists and choreographers.


Call for Participants

IdeasLab is suitable for artists from all areas of dance who are interested in reexamining and extending their own process and practice. For dance artists, choreographers and people working with movement. Based within the eligible counties of the DanSCe Dialogues 2 project partners.

Purpose of the call for applications:

DanSCe Dialogues 2 are calling for interested artists who work in the field of dance to take part in the second IdeasLab, led by American choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, Liz Lerman and dramaturg, Ruth Little.

The IdeasLab is one of a series of dance sector development activities to be offered over the next 2 years as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2 programme, an Interreg Iva-Manche funded French/UK dance axis and exchange of practices.

Focusing on choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, this week questions how dance can be made and what it might communicate to someone watching it. Using Lerman’s tools for creative research and Critical Response Process, participants will gain a deeper understanding and create a toolkit for defining their creative processes and products, as well as looking at verbal and written methods of articulating about dance. Liz will be joined by dramaturg, Ruth Little, and Jane Watson, Feldenkrais practitioner throughout the week.

The Point, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK.

7th – 11th July 2014

Details of the programme:

In this laboratory, up to 12 participants will work with Liz Lerman intensively over a week to generate and harvest artistic tools that can be applied to a wide range of creative contexts. Lerman’s Critical Response Process(CRP) will be introduced and employed; this feedback system is based on the principle that the best possible outcome from a response session is for the maker to WANT to continue refining his or her processes and outcomes.

Participants will work with excerpts of creative projects previously developed as well as content and ideas discovered during the laboratory itself.

This week will be punctuated with additional opportunities to engage with the UK/FR dance sector in the following ways:

• time to network with FR/UK artists,
• time to reflect and gain intelligent, constructive feedback on artistic ideas and collaborative processes
• evening sessions designed to increase the level of reflection and understanding of dance work

Liz Lerman
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, the same year that she instigated the National Civil War Project. Most recently she has been exploring the relationships between the theatre world and the dance world through a series of projects traversing both; and working with a variety of universities to put artists in the middle as catalysts and synthesizers for crossovers from science and engineering to history and literature, complete with unusual outcomes in new formats.

Her investigation of the impact of war on medicine, Healing Wars, will premiere in June 2014. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and will be released in paperback in 2014.

Other projects include the genre-twisting work Blood Muscle Bone with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women; teaching her Critical Response Process around the world from the UK (Puppet Animation, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Sinfonietta. The Federation of Scottish Theatres) to Australia; and an online project called “The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move.” In 2013 she curated Wesleyan University’s symposium “Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science,” bringing together teams of artists and scientists from North America to present their methods and findings.

Ruth Little – Dramaturg
Ruth is a dance and theatre dramaturg, writer and associate director of Cape Farewell. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, was literary manager at the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Out of Joint, and artistic associate at the Young Vic. She is currently dramaturg at Akram Khan Company, and has worked with Siobhan Davies, Fuel Theatre Company, National Theatre Connections, Spitalfields Festival and Shlomo. Ruth will deliver one session on dramaturgy during the week.

Jane Watson – Feldenkrais practitioner
Jane started her career in movement theatre training in both Paris at the School of Jaques Lecoq and in Butoh dance in Tokyo. She directed and performed in her internationally acclaimed theatre company Watson &Co and directed Jolt theatre company, an integrated company for able bodied and disabled performers. In 1999 she qualified as a Feldenkrais teacher and set up a practice in Winchester. Jane has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is increasingly interested in the effects of the physical on our mental and emotional well being. Jane will be leading the morning warm up session each day.

What the project offers:
Return Travel to the venue in Eastleigh
Per diems of £25 per day

Any other expenditure is the responsibility of the participant unless previous authorisation has been cleared with the partner organisations.


To apply:
1. Dance artists whose base is located within the counties covered by the DanSCe Dialogues 2 partners, namely: France – Normandy / Brittany or England – South East / South West
2. Artists ideally will have already created and performed two works
3. The candidate (s) must have a reasonable command of English
4. The candidate (s) must provide an application in English or in French including:
– CV of the artist (1 page)
– A covering letter outlining why they wish to attend the laboratory (no more than one A4 sheet)
– Description of the previous work (no more than 2 A4 pages) + a video/YouTube link of the work in progress
5. The successful candidates will be required to pay a registration fee of £45.00, which will be refunded after the successful completion of the laboratory.

The FR applications should be sent by email to the following address: i.andreen@svbretagne.fr

The UK applications should be sent to sacha.lee@eastleigh.gov.uk

OR by postal mail to:

Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne
BP 60219
F – 35202 RENNES Cedex 2


The Point
Leigh Road
SO50 9DE

Deadline for applications: 7 March 2014

Date of response: 20 March 2014


Any questions or clarification can be addressed to Sacha Lee (The Point UK) or Isabel Andreen(Spectacle Vivant de Bretagne FR)