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There is a growing and urgent cultural and social momentum driving forward awareness about environmental sustainability and animal extinction. Dance Research Studio in collaboration with Dance4/iC4C is curating a new programme of performance research, filmmaking, CPD workshops, discussion and writing for 2020, which will engage with this urgent momentum. The programme is called ‘We Are Animals’ and aims to make a valuable research contribution through remembering that we too are animals.

As part of this cross-disciplinary, innovative programme, DRS will support –  

Three Artist Residencies to take place at the studio during the period January-April 2020. Successful applicants will be awarded 40-80 hours of discounted studio time for research and development of new work, 4 hours of mentoring from experienced practitioners and the opportunity to share work to an invited audience.

These Artist Residencies will enable a vital and healthy exchange of interdisciplinary ideas against a rich backdrop of ecological artistic research and training activities at DRS. We encourage applications from diverse artistic practitioners, including those from activist and community contexts.

Interested artists are invited to submit a 500-word proposal, accompanied by CVs and links to previous works to by December 12th, 2019 outlining how their project will explore, through artistic processes, the urgency around environmental concerns. We would be particularly interested in projects exploring issues concerning climate change, plastic pollution, insect extinction, and loss of habitat.



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Bottom right: Jacky Lansley, Jreena Green and Esther Huss researching at DRS


  • Projects will involve 3-6 artists
  • Applicants will be looking for R & D time to develop a new work
  • The group may include performers, choreographers, directors, designers, composers/musicians, film makers, visual artists, writers and activists
  • Applications can be submitted either by a lead artist or collaboratively
  • All participants will have at least 3 years professional experience

Benefits to participants will include:

  • Mentoring from experienced practitioners
  • Networking with other emerging and experienced national and international practitioners
  • A transition opportunity – as part of longer term pedagogic and professional planning
  • Marketing and administrative support towards a final sharing at Dance Research Studio
  • Discounted DRS studio rate of £6 per hour

Reflections on ABOUT US 

Performed at Modern Art Oxford, February 19th 2019

“ABOUT US is a remarkable embodiment of ordinary human experience that reveals the universal through the personal, and places dance firmly in the political sphere.” – Maggie Watson of Oxford Dance Writers

“……it was lovely to see the dance performance yesterday. I loved the idea of how small movements embodied, reflected, revealed and foreshadowed  inner worlds.” – Audience Member

“I find any group of people moving in a public place exciting to watch – if I allow myself to really look at the cacophony of gestures, shapes and rhythms that are happening. The passings, almost meetings and near collisions are somehow choreographic. In our performance ABOUT US there are episodes, which seemingly don’t connect to each other – moments that might seem obscure, but which, we hope, provide enough clues for viewers to go on a journey with us. 

ABOUT US developed slowly over 3 years and explores a collage of personal stories the performers brought to the studio to share. These stories, while unique to the individual artists involved, foreground the everyday choices we all make around loss, joy, anger, pleasure, fear; choices which may feel ‘free’ but are in fact often determined by our personal histories, the economic system and by societal expectations.  As a team we asked how these experiences (not all painful and melancholy) might resonate with audience members because of the way they reflect a more generalised space relating to contemporary life in the UK. 

Modern Art Oxford has been a very positive and inspiring context for us. In 1977 I collaborated with the artists Sally Potter and Rose English on a performance project titled Mounting which was commissioned by Modern Art Oxford (then Museum of Modern Art Oxford). The surface form of ABOUT US may seem very different from Mounting – more ‘choreographic’ – however, many of the same performance strategies are there: playing with a juxtaposition of visual and theatrical languages, drawing on ‘high’ and ‘popular’ forms, deconstruction of archetypes and intimate dialogue with audiences. In my recent book ‘Choreographies’ *I say of Mounting “… the audience was invited to share in the process of making performance, which at times felt very uncomfortable. Their attention was used to create energy and effect, they were in the ‘spotlight’ – we explored their presence in relation to the woman performer.”  It is so interesting to me that, after all these years, I am still working with the same intentions.” – Jacky Lansley

ABOUT US is directed and choreographed by Jacky Lansley, with new music by Sylvia Hallett and performers: Vincent Ebrahim, Esther Huss, Fergus Early, Ingrid MacKinnon, Ursula Early, Jreena Green, Tim Taylor. Cinematographer: Roswitha Chesher, Lighting Designers: Nao Nagai and James MacKenzie, and Dramaturg: Ramsay Burt.

Images of ABOUT US taken at Modern Art Oxford, including Esther Huss, Fergus Early, Ingrid Mackinnon, Jacky Lansley, James MacKenzie, Jreena Green, Sylvia Hallett and Tim Taylor.

Jacky Lansley Awarded One Dance UK’s Jane Attenborough Award

Congratulations to Jacky Lansley who has won The Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award!

This award honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. Named in memory of the founding Director of Dance UK (later to become One Dance UK), the award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by exceptional individuals who make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen.

The One Dance UK Awards salute the outstanding contribution of people working in dance, the annual event is an opportunity for people in the industry to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape.

Click here for more information about One Dance UK’s Awards and other award winners.

Jacky Lansley at the One Dance UK Awards with Chief Executive, Andrew Hurst


Chisenhale Dance Space - Collaboration Between Generations Commission

R-AGE, created by Jacky Lansley and Grace Nicol, is a conversation through dance, image and performance between a ‘young’ and ‘older’ woman. Together they explore the power of women working across generations and examine questions about women and age, including those frustrating generalisations which frame women as never being the right age.

Drawing on their working relationship and friendship over the last five years, the artists have created a cross-disciplinary performance score which engages audiences in a series of challenging, humorous and radical questions about women, power and art.

Jacky and Grace consider their artistic dialogue as highly topical in a polarised Brexit Britain, in which conservative driven austerity has divided generations. Through performance, they  explore finding a common and intergenerational language that can contribute to positive collective action around these issues, within the arts and beyond.

R-AGE was performed on December 8th 2018 as part of Chisenhale Dance Space‘s ‘Collaboration Between Generations Commission’,  supported by The Choreographer’s Gallery Trust and Arts Council England.

Jacky Lansley and Grace Nicol in R-AGE photographed by Nina Photography

CHOREOGRAPHIES: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form

By Jacky Lansley, Published by Intellect Books

See reviews by: Lynn MacRitchieNicholas MinnsRosie Lehan and The Dancer-Citizen Journal

Choreographies offers unique insight into the processes behind independent choreography and paints a vivid portrait of a rigorous practice that combines dance, performance art, visuals and a close attention to space and site. For a signed copy please contact
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