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Promotional image for NEXT Choreography. A group of NEXT participants sitting together in the Roof Studio at SDS. The image is in black and white.
Image: Gorm Ashurst
Film still from Saffron Mustafa & Renée Bellamy's 'a portal that is the time we have shared". Part of NEXT Choreography Festival 2020.
Promotional image for NEXT. Participants moving in the Roof Studio at SDS.
Image: Gorm Ashurst
Promotional image for NEXT. Two participants in performance in the corridor at SDS.
Rubie Green and Shivaangee Agarwal performing at NEXT Choreography Festival 2019. Image: Gorm Ashurst
Promotional image for NEXT. Three dancers moving together, touching each others hands in the courtyard at SDS.
Image: Gorm Ashurst
A promotional image for NEXT. A screen shot from a screen dance work.
Film still from Paul Davidson Natt's 'Be Different'. Part of Next Choreography Festival 2020.
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NEXT Choreography

Explore, test and make with others. 

Applications for NEXT Choreography 2023/24 have now closed. To find out about the course next year, sign up to our mailing list.

NEXT Choreography is a 6-month course for people aged 16–25, with and without dance experience, who want to experiment with dance and choreography.


About the course

Across two terms, participants will work with a series of facilitators – dancers, choreographers and interdisciplinary artists – to explore and expand their creative practice. This course investigates choreography from many perspectives: from performance, to design, to practices that bring dance into dialogue with other fields, like activism, technology, architecture and more.

Across two terms, participants will explore and expand their creative practice and investigate choreography from many perspectives.

This is a collaborative learning space – offering a chance to question, challenge and nurture ways of making dance and choreography outside of formal education. Each session will take a different form – some will involve moving and dancing, some watching, writing or talking. All sessions will involve open research, collaboration and exploring the unknown. The group will work at our studios and will also travel together on trips to performances and exhibitions.

Each session be different – some will involve moving and dancing, some watching artists’ work, writing or talking.

NEXT Choreography will be co-held by SDS’ Artistic Director Annie Pui Ling Lok and Producer Nancy May Roberts alongside experienced guest artists. Previous courses have included facilitation from: Serafine 1369, Orrow Bell, Alexandrina Hemsley, Antonija Livingstone, Alesandra Seutin, Charlotte Spencer, Lucy Suggate and Rebekah Ubuntu amongst others.

The course will be co-held by SDS’ Artistic Director Annie Pui Ling Lok and Producer Nancy May Roberts + experienced guest artists.

When and where

NEXT Choreography will take place from 26 September 2023 – 26 March 2024. Please note: there will be no sessions on 19 and 26 December or 2 January. 

Weekly sessions will take place on Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios. Find out about our building here.

Weekly sessions will take place from 26 September 2023 – 26 March 2024, on Tuesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm.

Who can take part

This course is designed for people within the approximate age bracket of 16-25. 

Whilst it is important that you have an interest in choreography – formal training in dance, movement or art is not a requirement.

The course focuses on contemporary choreographic processes, but we encourage people with interests in many different dance forms and artistic disciplines to take part.

This course is designed for people aged between 16-25. Whilst it is important that you have an interest in choreography – formal training in dance, movement or art is not a requirement. 

When selecting participants, we will consider your enthusiasm, artistic interests and commitment to developing your own practice, as well as your approach to collaboration. 

Priority will be given to applicants who: 

  • do not have access to other spaces to explore their creative process  
  • are underrepresented in contemporary dance  
  • are residents of Elephant and Castle or the Borough of Southwark 

When selecting participants, we will consider your enthusiasm, artistic interests and commitment to developing your own practice, as well as your approach to collaboration. 

Access 

We understand that access needs are in flux and can change. We will hold accessibility as an open conversation throughout the course. Please let us know in your application if you require any support or adjustments to take part in the course.

Please let us know in your application if you require any support or adjustments to take part in the course.

Fees and Bursaries

Course fees for the two terms are £280.

Full and part bursary places are available. Please tell us in your application if you require a bursary to take part in the course. Bursary places can be provided for many reasons (e.g. low income, caring responsibilities, other financial pressures etc).

The fee for the course is £280. Full and part bursary places are also available.

How to Apply

To apply to take part in NEXT Choreography, please complete the application form below by Wednesday 6 September, 11pm. You can complete the application part of the form in text, or by uploading a spoken audio recording. 

The application questions are: 

  • Tell us about you and your artistic interests  
  • Tell us why you want to take part in NEXT, what you will contribute to the course, and what you will gain from taking part
  • Are there any parts of SDS’s programme, past or present, that you are particularly interested in? If so please tell us why.
  • Do you require a part or full bursary to attend NEXT Choreography? If yes, please tell us why.
  • Do you have any access needs or requests you would like to share with us at this point?

In a text application you can submit up to 200 words for each question. Audio applications should be up to 20 minutes in total (around 5 minutes per question). Separate files for each question can be uploaded. 

Please note that the online form cannot be saved part way through.

You will be contacted about the outcome of your application by 12 September. Please note that we anticipate a high volume of applications. We are therefore unable to provide individual feedback.

Application Support and Questions

If you need additional support to complete your application – or if have questions about the course, how your access needs will be met, or the bursary places available – please contact Nancy on nancy@siobhandavies.com. You can also phone us on 020 7091 9650, or come by our studios in person.