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RAD’s Guest Lecture Series 2016: first event Wednesday 27th April 2016

This year’s Guest Lecture Series celebrates women who have made a significant mark in the field of dance and dance education. The first event will take place in Cormani Studio at 6pm on Wednesday 27 April 2016 and our guest speaker will be Kathryn Wade, Founder Director and former Chief Executive of  English National Ballet School and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance. In conversation with Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Wade will outline some of the major higlights in her career, from her early studies at the Royal Ballet School, through to performing with the Royal Ballet and Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), her work at ENB School and the Royal Ballet School to her continued interests in her retirement.

Book your place for this free event via email, no later than Friday 22nd April.

For more information see

Integrated Dance Workshop with Amici Dance Theatre

A unique opportunity to take part in an Amici Dance Theatre Company workshop run by members of Amici.

20th April, 11am
Founded in 1980, Amici Dance Theatre Company is an integrated dance theatre company with disabled and non-disabled artists and performers. Amici’s unique teaching methods and professional productions and workshops encourage creativity and potential irrespective of age, learning, or physical ability.

These workshops are open to anyone.

Register here:

The workshop will run for roughly 2 hours.

‘Amici affirms life, creativity and the power of compassion.’ – Financial Times


341-351 Finchley Road
Box Office: 020 7433 8988

Final Reminder CfP TaPRA Performer Training WG

The 12th Annual TaPRA Conference will be co-hosted by University of Bristol, UK from 5th to 7th September 2016 (see: )

The Performer Training Working Group has been meeting for eleven years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a variety of contributions to the thrice-yearly journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, dedicated to training in all its manifestations, and the associated blog

Konstantinos, Maria, and Tom, the working group co-convenors, are delighted to issue a call for contributions for the forthcoming 2016 TaPRA conference.

We are interested in a range of presentation formats including the following:

  • formal papers (max 20 minutes)
  • provocations or position statements (max 10 minutes)
  • instances of practice as research or short workshops/demonstrations (1 hour)


2016 Theme: Speech and Text in Performer Training

This year’s focus acknowledges the role that text and speech play in performer training. In the context of the rich variety of training practices and research in the working group, ‘text’ is not meant to refer only to words in a printed play-text, but rather to the expansive range of sources in our work. In particular, we would like to consider the link between the different notions of text and speech in this year’s conference. What are the key interventions that are being made in these areas? How do we, from our different and overlapping disciplines, teach, train, and theoretically engage with text and speech in our work?

Within this broad area, there are particular themes which we invite contributions on:

The actor and the text

What are the current developments and new practices in actor training on text? What are the dominant trends in work on verse, and on early-modern texts? How does actortraining bridge vocal studies and textual studies, and how does ‘speech’ relate to these two areas? How have training practices evolved within professional theatre companies? What are the emerging practices for textual analysis within actor training? What have been the developments in speech training for radio drama, and voice-over? How do we train actors to work on found texts such as documentary or testimonial sources?

Dance and movement: the physical and verbal body

How do training pedagogies based on dance integrate text? How do performers/trainers work with notions of text as soundscape or score? How does the physical body relate to silence or to the verbal? How do we understand and frame speech and verbalisation as a physical act? Where are the intersections between somatic practices and speechtraining? To what extent is this distinct from physicalisation in dance? What are the current approaches to physiovocal training?

Text and Aurality

How do we train the sonic and aural aspects of speech? How do we work on text in opera and musical theatre training? How do we see speech and voice as distinct or overlapping? How do we tailor our training towards these different forms? What are the new interventions with regard to speech within vocal studies? How much of this work takes place in formalised training or rehearsal contexts, and how much in the performer’s own, private work? How does language function in relation to text and speech?

Intersections between text, speech, and technology

What are the functions of speech in our work with digital and emergent technologies? What constitutes the ‘text’ and are there additional or alternative understandings of speech and text that technology can offer within a training context? How do we understand speech and the post-human? How might we explore synthesised or mediated speech in performer training?

If you have proposals that do not fit into this list, please do contact the Performer TrainingWorking Group convenors for a conversation:

Tom Cantrell (

Maria Kapsali (

Konstantinos Thomaidis (


Submitting a Proposal

Please send 250 word (max) proposals/abstracts with brief biography (100 words) and a list of resource needs to all of the three convenors by 18th April 2016 at the latest.  You will hear back from us within 2-3 weeks. We welcome questions and conversations prior to this date if any colleagues need advice and/or clarification on any aspect of the above.

Circulation of paper-based presentations in advance of the conference

Papers are circulated in advance of the conference, so paper contributors should be prepared to have a full paper by early/mid August.

Please note that our group also welcomes participation from colleagues who do not wish to submit papers or other presentations. However, if you do wish to participate in ourworking group, but are not delivering a paper, please email us your name and details so we can ensure you receive papers in advance.

Joint working group sessions at the TaPRA conference

Please also note that our working group is currently planning to schedule one joint session. More details will be announced on this in due course.

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal (TDPT)

TaPRA Papers may be considered for further development and publication in the Routledge Journal TDPT,

Book Publication and Launch – Radical Space: Exploring Politics and Practice

Dance colleagues interested in space, place, power relations and politics might be interested in this new publication, details below:

Debra Benita Shaw and Maggie Humm are pleased to announce the publication of their edited volume Radical Space: Exploring politics and practice (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016). This is the second publication in the Radical Cultural Studies series edited by members of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. With contributions from Debra Benita Shaw; Maggie Humm; Joanna Rajkowska; Connell Vaughan; Zlatan Krajina; Victoria Hunter; Carl Lavery; Lee Hassall; Deborah Dixon; Carina Fearnley; Mark Pendleton; Brian Burke-Gaffney; Matt Fish; Angie Voela; Dimitris Papadopoulos; Rob Coley; Kat Deerfield
The book can be purchased from the RLI website at 30% discount using the code MAR1630.


Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 6.30pm

Open School East

The Rose Lipman Building

43 De Beauvoir Road

London, N1 5SQ

All welcome

Dance Fields 19-22 April

Dance Fields:  Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century

April 19th-22nd 2017

University of Roehampton Conference Centre, London, UK

This major peer-reviewed conference will celebrate the history, status and impact of Dance Studies in the UK and address the key question ‘where are we now’? Having grown steadily over the last 35 years, Dance Studies has established itself as a vital contributor to the academic and cultural sectors in the UK. But this is a time of major challenges; arts practice in the UK in general and dance in particular are under extraordinary stresses in the current socio-political climate.

Dance Fields will be proactive, inclusive and a grounding force for diverse and constructive exchanges regarding the challenges and the future outlook for dance. Taking a cue from the What Next UK Arts and Culture meetings in London that advocate from a generous position of strategic and ecological openness, Dance Fields aims to engage the fullest possible range of Higher Education institutions, research bodies and cultural organisations.


Dance Fields is conceived as a two-part overlapping event taking place over four days with the first three devoted to the intersections of theoretical and artistic practices. The blurring of boundaries between scholarly, writerly and material based practices; emergent discourses between and across disciplines; and new forms of collaborative and collective working will be emphasised and explored via mixed modes of enquiry, presentation, participation and dialogue. This part of the event will be by necessity ‘international’ in the sense that these practices cannot be contained within any specific country-based framework. The final day will be dedicated to strategic issues and questions pertaining to the UK socio-political landscape such as: sustainability, publishing and open access, knowledge generation and sharing, impact, and growing the community.

Taking Dance Studies in Higher Education as a departure point, Dance Fields reaches out to all parts of the UK dance field landscape to acknowledge the status of the discipline and the contribution to Dance Studies by scholars and artists, worldwide. Alongside dance scholars, the conference thus seeks to engage and involve dance educators as well as the professional artistic community.

Co-convened by Roehampton, Coventry and De Montfort Universities – each with an established Centre for Dance Research – and co-sponsored by the Society for Dance Research, the conference will include invited speakers, paper presentations, panels, artist-led interventions and workshops.

PAUST online platform call for submissions 2016

The interdisciplinary group PAUST are inviting papers of aprox. 1000 words to be hosted in the PAUST online platform within the coming months. PAUST are a collaborative group operating since November 2014 in the fields of Performance Architecture Urbanism Space and Theatre.

We strive to promote the overlooked but long standing connection across the disciplines of architecture and performance theatre and contribute to the development of knowledge in the emerging field of study. Our mission is therefore the creation of a shared theoretical framework based on the common ground of Performance Architecture Urbanism Space and Theatre, a worldwide panorama of practices and interests for activating and transforming space.


The theme of your submissions should demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to any of the subjects stated in the group’s name. Please visit the platform to familiarize yourself with the research areas of PAUST.

All submissions should be received by the deadline of May 15th and successful submissions will be notified by the group within 2 weeks of submission. Publications will happen on a weekly roll-out post acceptance and you will be notified of the exact date. All successful submissions will be advertised on the PAUST facebook page, with a follow up of likes and shares.


Please note the following submission guidelines:

– length: 750-1250 words

– references and quotations to preferably follow the Harvard Zotero system, but other academic systems can also be accepted.

– keywords and tags: as many as are applicable

– images: it is obligatory to send at least one image (with credits stated where appropriate) in the following formats: resolution 75dpi / sizes: for the text thread @672px width x 372px height and to feature as a thumbnail @600px width x 200px height

– small bio of max 200 words

– one portrait image of yourself


Please send all submissions to the following address: under the title: PAUST Callout 2016

Extended deadline Bodily Undoing: Somatics as Practices of Critique

Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Special Issue 9.1

Bodily Undoing: Somatics as Practices of Critique

Edited by Thomas Kampe and Kirsty Alexander

Deadline for full articles: 1st May 2016

Bodily Undoing: Somatics as Practices of Critique

The transdisciplinary discourse of dance and somatic practices has moved beyond the state of identifying the field.

This special issue of JDSP calls for papers that explore and expose the socially and culturally transformative potential of somatics and somatic-informed performance practices. Somatic practices are processes of undoing existing patterns so that new ones can emerge. How can this undoing be extended beyond the body of the individual to the body politic or the social body? How might we construct somatics as practices of critique that might contribute to an alternative social imaginary?

Submissions might:

Self reflectively critique the field of somatics or one’s individual practice within that, in relation to the possibility of social change

Explore the application of somatic practices as subversive modalities of interacting with the world in other fields or disciplines

Explore emancipatory possibilities through foregrounding somatic experience

Unpack the historical roots of somatic practices in relation to wider critical cultures

Examine the political reverberations of somatically informed performance practice

Explore the socio- cultural or political potential of touch based practices

Examine non reductionist and embodied modes of thought provoked by somatic practices

Question cultural hierarchies and structures of power within and / or through somatic practices

(this list is exemplary only and by no means exhaustive of the possibilities)

Whilst scholarly articles are particularly encouraged, we welcome a range of other modes of submission, all subject to peer review. Please see the guidelines for further details.

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Please include article title, abstract (200 words), keywords and full article. In another document, please include author’s name and affiliation, biography (200 words), postal and email address. Please submit in Word format.

Guidelines: and

Artist’s pages: Please submit a pdf with how you wish the article to appear in print, along with text (Word) and any images (tiff/jpeg/pdf, 300dpi) attached separately in the same email.

All submissions should be sent direct to: Hetty Blades:

Enquiries about content to the Editors:
Thomas Kampe:
Kirsty Alexander: