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Week One

Facilitated Practice

1 - 5 August @
10am – 4.30pm

Five-days of facilitated choreographic practice. Start the day with body based practices that help you connect with yourself, the group and awaken your choreographic imagination. Then delve into choreographic strategies and processes that support your investigation and development of new work.

Week Two

Open Studio

8 – 12 August @

10am – 4.30pm

Five days of open studio practice where you can develop and deepen your investigations from week one. Week Two: Open Studio creates opportunities to work together, to invite people in and to work alone. Roberta Jean will be online offering choreographic mentoring to assist you in your investigations and choreographic development. For those keen to develop works-in-progress, there is the possibility to perform works as part of Derby Festé in September. This week is further fortified by a series of daily lunchtime lectures with artists who situate care as a central proposition in their work. These lectures serve to inspire and situate practice within a critically reflective frame. Artists include: Claire Cunningham, Justin Hunt and Kayla Dougan Bowtell.


£300 for both weeks or £250 for week one only.

Thanks to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, we are currently offering 3 x FREE, 5 x 85% and 7 x 70% discounted tickets. These can be booked in the normal way online, in person or over the phone. 

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Teacher: Roberta Jean

Roberta Jean works collaboratively with artists and makers from across disciplines to produce dances for a diverse range of contexts. Her choreographic practice is centred around poetics and is often underpinned by anthropological research. Roberta’s work has also been informed by her experience of navigating a chronic illness that affects mental health. She has presented at Sadler’s Wells, Tanzmesse, Dance4 and Dance Umbrella amongst others. She is the 2020 winner of the Bonnie Bird Choreographic Development Award, a 2019 finalist at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, New Renaissance Film Festival and a 2018 finalist for the Total Theatre & The Place Dance Award.


Justin Hunt

Dr R Justin Hunt is an arts and research professional based in London. He is a curating producer for I'm With You, Adjunct Professor of Film, Gender & Sexuality Studies for Syracuse University, London, and a Relationship Manager (Combined Arts & Dance, London) for Arts Council England. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Mile End Institute (Queen Mary University of London) . He holds an external examiner role for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Contemporary Performance Practice). In 2020, Hunt launched QUEER EXTENSION a blended model of artist-led research-based education for queer adults. In 2021 he became the Tall Coach, a caregiver for queer goals. For 13 years he performed as his drag alter-ego, Dr Sharon Husbands.

Justin will be talking about the ways in which we are rendered less capable of caring.

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

Claire’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality.  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

Claire will talk about her recent and ongoing project the ‘Choreography of Care’. She describes it as a way of considering time, design, communication and the act of performance itself as opportunities for care; of oneself and of others. It considers how practices of attention and attending informed by the lived experience of disability and Crip, Queer and feminist thinking meets with performance; recognising what is needed from production to attendance as audience, in order that people (in particular those historically excluded) might engage fully with art and also shape and evolve the artforms themselves.

Kayla Dougan-Bowtell

Kayla is a freelance dance educator, movement specialist, and performance maker in community, education and professional settings. Her ongoing creative and critical engagement with release-based dance technique, contact improvisation, yoga, play and somatics inform her academic, community and performance work. Kayla is an associate member of the Dance Development and Learning team at Déda and she is keen to see how Déda Choreo-Lounge can grow as an offer that fortifies the freelance sector by creating opportunities for people, practice and discourse to come together.

Kayla will facilitate an online and in-person discussion for artists to unpack their experiences of the week and to explore how Déda and practitioners can care together, to nurture and grow their practice.

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