Summer University

Launched in 2010 through an open call, Sadler's Wells Summer University supported the development of professional dance artists interested in extending their practice. The first edition of the project ran successfully between 2011-2014 and the second edition between 2015-2018

Summer University artists (2015-2018)

Kwame Asafo-Adjei
Neil Callaghan
Theo Clinkard
Katye Coe
Nicola Conibere
James Cousins
Dan Daw
Antonio de la Fe
Adrienne Hart
Alexandrina Hemsley
Stefan Jovanovic
Stephanie McMann
Joe Moran
Patricia Okenwa
Katerina Paramana
Eva Recacha
Alesandra Seutin
Charlotte Spencer
Pepa Ubera
Emma Zangs
Mariana Marquez

Summer University graduates (2011-2014)

Melanie Ingram
Amy Bell
Vicki Igbokwe
Wilkie Branson
Jamila Johnson-Small
Cameron McMillan
Efrosini Protopapa
Hemabharathy Palani
Danya Hammoud
Alexander Whitley
Valentina Golfieri
Hetain Patel
Gillie Kleiman
Lorena Randi
Matthias Sperling

Guest speakers and workshop facilitators were experienced professionals from the worlds of dance, theatre, visual arts, philosophy, artistic development and have included Anna Higgs, David Hinton, Catherine Wood and Frank Bock.

Summer University offered 15 dance professionals the chance to take part in a four year project, meeting for two weeks each year to share work, hear talks, explore methodologies and philosophies of performance making and extend their own practice through self-study and focussed interventions.

The course was free to join and open to dance makers and other artists involved in the performing arts who were interested in choreographic practice and in the future possibilities of dance as an art form. It was open to people based in the UK, with no more than five years professional experience as a dance maker.

Summer University was directed by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, in collaboration with Eva Martinez, Artistic Programmer for Sadler's Wells.

Summer University has now closed.

Sadler’s Wells is committed to delivering an accessible dance programme, developing opportunities for participation and encouraging disabled and deaf artists to engage in all aspects of dance. Sadler’s Wells is a fully accessible building.

Summer University has been supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and made possible thanks to funding through the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship

Jerwood Foundation

The Leverhulme Trust

Sadler's Wells Summer University
photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou

Sadler's Wells Summer University
photo: Ben Dowden

Sadler's Wells Summer University
photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou

Summer University 2010-14


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