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NEXT Choreography | Applications open

Explore, test and make with others. 

NEXT Choreography is a 6-month course for people aged 18–25, with and without dance experience, who want to experiment with dance and choreographic practice across disciplines.

24 September 2024 – 25 March 2025
Weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 9pm

Apply by Thursday 5 September, 11pm


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. 

A strong desire to create is central to taking part in NEXT. Participants will be looking to establish an artistic practice that responds to movement and the body. Across the course, participants will share their research and work-in-progress with each other and invited audiences. The 6-month course will end with a festival open to the public. What this festival will look like will in part be decided by the participants. Read dance art journal’s coverage of NEXT Festival 2024 here.

Throughout the course participants will share their research and work-in-progress with each other, and at the end of the 6-months the cohort host a public festival.

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: SERAFINE1369, Orrow Bell, Alexandrina Hemsley, Rebekah Ubuntu, NEUROLIVE, Seke Chimutengwende, Jules Cunningham, Anna Seymour and Freestylers amongst others.

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

“Probably the best artistic educational experience I’ve had. I’ll be drawing on the ideas for a long time. Most importantly, | hope that the ethos of the course – generosity, space, slowing down, paying attention – will stay with me, beyond just making choreography.”

When and where

NEXT Choreography will take place from 24 September 2024 – 25 March 2025. Please note: there will be no sessions on 17, 24 or 31 December.

Weekly sessions will take place on Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 9pm at Siobhan Davies Studios. Find out about our building here.

Weekly sessions will take place from 24 September 2024 – 25 March 2025, on Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 9pm.

Who can take part

This course is designed for people within the approximate age bracket of 18-25. 

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 18-25. 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. 

“I don’t have traditional dance training so it can feel intimidating and difficult to categorise myself as a dancer or choreographer. Now, not only have | gained enough skills and experience to do so, but also a better understanding of the expansiveness of dance practice, which has helped me to see how my own practice is of value.”

Access 

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

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 available.

How to Apply

To apply to take part in NEXT Choreography, please complete the application form below by Thursday 5 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 10 September. As we anticipate a high volume of applications it is unlikely that we will be able to provide individual feedback.

To apply to take part in NEXT Choreography, complete the application form below by Thursday 5 September, 11pm.

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.

Attend an Online Q&A
23 July or 2 Sep, 6.30pm
Join us to talk through the course and the application process. If you would like to submit questions in advance, you can do this during sign up.


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