Dance & Somatic Practices Conference 2015. Photo Credit: Christian Kipp

performance making

December 1-3, Fri- Sun 2017, Stroud, UK:  GENERATE

Facilitated by Sally E Dean


is a workshop-series that addresses the key stages in creating performance work: GENERATE, DEVELOP,  & EDIT/REFINE.  December 2017 focuses on the first stage – GENERATE.  DEVELOP will be offered in Winter 2018.

These interdisciplinary workshops support participants to create strong, clear material, which embodies and develops their own unique ideas, vision and aesthetic.  They provide a safe and supportive environment for creative risk-taking and experimentation and will culminate in a performance sharing for an invited audience with facilitated feedback on 3 DEC, 4-6pm.

Do you have a piece that you have always wanted to make but haven’t had the time or courage to begin?  Or are you in the process of creating a work and feel stuck and not sure where to go next?  Or are you looking for supportive structures that offer fundamental tools in the art of performance making?

For perfomance makers of all ages, levels of experience and backgrounds: movement artists, choreographers, theatre makers, live artists, visual artists, costume designers, musicians and performance writers.  These workshops are intensive and kept small to allow for individual attention and support.  7 participants max.

Constructive feedback will be available throughout, both one-to-one from facilitator Sally E Dean, and from fellow participants, facilitated using established methodologies such as ‘The Field’ and ‘Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process’.


provides a set of practical tools for generating original material and/or turning existing ideas participants may bring with you into performance material. It begins by cultivating a sense of play, freedom and spontaneity, and then looks at a variety of starting points for creating material, such as objects, images, texts, movement and costumes. An important aspect is how to create and actualise ideas with others, taking on the roles of collaborator and director.


provides a set of practical tools for building on previously generated material. It helps participants identify the key focus of their material (e.g. theme, question, concept) and offers ways to structure the material around this focus in either linear or non-linear ways. It also supports participants to refine the details of their piece. The overarching approach is to help participants find a dialogue between their subjective experiences and interests in the material, and an objective view of how it is likely to be perceived by an audience.


focuses on developing material into a completed performance work through techniques that trim and fine-tune detail to bring out the work’s essence. This third and final part of the workshop series will culminate in the presentation of work to an invited audience.

For bookings and information please email


Fri 1 DEC, 7 – 9:30pm / Centre for Science & Art, Gold Room, 13 Lansdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
Sat 2 DEC, 10 – 4pm / Lansdown Hall, Lansdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
Sun 3 DEC, 11 – 6pm / Lansdown Hall

* Stroud is located in Gloucestershire in the beautiful Cotswolds, 1.5 hours via train from London and 1 hour via car from Bristol and Oxford.  The venues are a 6 minute walk from the train station.  If you need accommodation suggestions please e-mail Sally.



£175/ £165 Conc.  Non-refundable £55 deposit to book your place.  Deposits can be received via check or bank transfer.  Please e-mail Sally for details.