Graduate Lab and Graduate Intensive with Stephanie Skura 2014

Graduate Lab and Graduate Intensive with Stephanie Skura 2014

Decoda is working in partnership with Independent Dance to bring graduates a fantastic opportunity to work with Stepahnie Skura, award-winning choreographer, director & teacher. The Lab and Intesive have been created for current final year dance students and new graduates, to support the transition from student to independent dance artist.

This year Decoda, Coventry University, and Independent Dance have joined forces to offer an extended 3-stage programme that can be joined at any or all of the stages.

It opens with an immersive weekend of workshops and talks by a range of dance artists and speakers, offered by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios, and continues with a 3.5 day choreographic and performance workshop with Stephanie Skura by Decoda at Coventry University.

It concludes with an opportunity to form a graduate collective, piloted last year under the name ‘Figure Eight’.

1) Independent Dance Graduate Lab 13-14 September 2014 | 10am – 6.30pm

This intensive weekend has been curated with the ID ambassadors, all of whom are independent dance professionals, to provide experiences and insights into a range of approaches to training, performing and making.

Workshops with key UK-based dance artists sit alongside talks centred on what it means to be an independent dance artist at this moment in time. Over lunch, which will be provided, you have time to talk further with workshops leaders, fellow graduates, the ambassadors, and additional guests.

On Saturday the ID ambassadors invite you to join them for a drink locally to network informally with each other.

2) Decoda Graduate Intensive 16 –19 September 2014 hosted by Coventry University | 10am – 6pm

The second part of this programme is a choreographic and performance workshop organised by Decoda at Coventry University.  You will work to devise a series of performance scores with renowned U.S. artist Stephanie Skura. Multiple studios as well as access to props and technical equipment make for an immersive and expansive experience. The formal sessions will begin at 10am and end at 6pm (at 12 on the final day), but space is available to you from early morning until late evening. Lunch is provided and cheap digs lists can be recommended.

On the last morning ID and Decoda will facilitate space for you to organise your plans for stage 3.

3) A Graduate Collective and mentorship programme October 2014 till March 2015. 

The extended programme draws on the principles of collective working and supports you as graduate dance artists to work together as you develop your interests.

You are invited to form a collective, facilitated by Decoda, enabling you as graduate dance artists to work together and in support of one another. The collective offers an alternative to the choreographer-led company model. This work has been developed through a pilot graduate project at Decoda in 2013 with Laurel Tentindo.  (

You also have the option of working with a mentor, drawn from Figure Eight and the ID ambassadors.


Stephanie Skura, “major American experimentalist” & Bessie award-winner, is a choreographer, director, performer, mentor, teacher, teacher-trainer, & writer. She has toured for three decades in 14 countries. Her current work takes a radical approach to language & voice, continuing investigations of boundaries & intersections of dance, theater, poetry and performance. Her involvement with permaculture & naturopathy supports her dedication to catalyze creative process in a holistic & collaborative way, with deep respect for individual diversity and subconscious realms. She holds a BFA & MFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, & instigated Open Source Forms Teacher Certification Program. More info on Stephanie: More info on Open Source

Recent comments by students & colleagues worldwide:

“Stephanie Skura is one of the most inspired & inspiring teachers I’ve ever studied with. She is a singular teacher whose wisdom & breadth of experience are a gift to those interested in expanding their perception of movement, where it comes from, and how it can trigger deep creativity on numerous levels.”  Juliette Mapp

“I had such a fabulous time dancing, and felt so open and alive after each class.” Eva Karczag

ID Grad Lab single day: £30

ID Grad Lab weekend: £50

Decoda Graduate Intensive: £90

Lab and Intensive joint offer: £120.00

Collective and Mentorship programme: (for those already attending joint offer) an additional £70


Bookings are through ID please visit their website for more information. Places must be booked in advance. Booking now open.