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Independent Dance announces interim co-director

11 Feb 2020

Independent Dance is delighted to announce Nikki Tomlinson as its new co-director, who will take up the post in March 2020.

Nikki Tomlinson is a producer and dramaturg with a background in curation and performance making. Over the past 20 years she has developed interests in performance, participation, social justice and interdisciplinarity, advocacy for and with artists and widening access in every sense to experimental work. Her previous roles have included lead artist advisor and producer at Artsadmin and programme manager at Chisenhale Dance. For the past year she has been fully freelance, working with choreographers and visual artists to produce projects across the UK and internationally as well as developing her practice as a dramaturg. Nikki is a Trustee of Home Live Art, a Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund advisor, and one of Jerwood Arts’ Artist Advisors.

About her appointment, Nikki says: “I am so excited and honoured to take up this opportunity to work as co-director of Independent Dance with Henrietta Hale over the next two years. As a long-term fan of ID’s progressive, artist-led programme and spirit, I really look forward to the task of building on Gitta Wigro’s brilliant work and to co-inventing the next chapter of the organisation with artists, partners and the team.”

Sue Davies, chair of ID’s board of directors, says: “Nikki’s track record, extensive experience of artists’ development and understanding of the independent dance sector mean that the board is thrilled to appoint her as our co-director. We feel confident that Nikki’s capabilities will continue to move ID forward and forge its future vision and practice.”

Together with co-director Henrietta Hale, Nikki will be part of setting the course for the organisation’s future. She will lead on organisational work for this small, busy NPO, ensuring that ID operates in an exemplary way to fulfil the artistic vision and deliver public benefit. The co-directors jointly hold the vision and role of ID within the wider artistic, social and cultural context.