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an early-career training programme


We are seeking early-career mentees to join a dance training programme facilitated and mentored by Joan Davis.  This training is titled ESSENCE, which brings us into a deep awareness of ourselves and explores how to bring this awareness into performance. It offers a new and transformative relationship with our bodies and also with Dance in the natural environment.



What is ESSENCE?

Over six modules, we will deep dive into the systems of the body, exploring muscle, bone, fluids, organs and nerve. Alongside an exploration of our inner landscapes, we will work outdoors and in direct relationship with all that is alive in nature, moment by moment. Amongst many experiential and embodied approaches, we will use the practices of guided somatizations. We will explore co-creating with the land, leading to the creation of an environment from which to offer interactive and immersive performances outdoors.

Joan Davis offers wisdom honed over fifty years for dancers, makers and artists who love to explore into the future. Mentees will work closely with mid-career artists who have already trained and performed with Joan over the last two years.  This intergenerational support, together with an environment of curiosity, safety and positive regard - will be conducive to us being at our most creative, supporting us to imagine new movement and performance ideas.


It is highly recommended to attend ‘Garden as Gallery’ (outdoor dance events with Joan Davis and mid-career artists) which take place in the gardens of Gorse Hill in July, August and September 2023.  



  1. Email letters of interest & CV to
    Deadline: August 24th @ 5pm

  2. Mentees should be 25+ and have completed training in chosen art form (dance/music/art/etc)

  3. Have a strong interest in working with and in the natural world

  4. Be self motivated to enquire into their own artistic, creative and physical processes 

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