Category Archives: Research Seminars

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

Laban Guild AGM

Elements of Analysis in Dance Making and Reconstruction

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Laban Guild

AGM Day at Trinity Laban, Creekside on 2nd April 2016

Join us in celebrating 70 years of the Laban Guild with a Laban Lecture by Chair of the Guild, Maggie Killingbeck, and two workshops by Lea Anderson and Olga Masleinnikova exploring reconstruction and dance analysis.

Lea Anderson – re-re-reconstructing Mary Wigman – photographs of the work of Mary Wigman and drawings from her choreographic notebooks form the score for a new dance developed by participants under the direction of Dance Historian Lea Anderson.

Olga Masleinnikova – dynamic principles and how to use them in dance analysis towards reconstruction.

For more information and to book please find attached flier.

Contact Selina Martin [] for more information.

Popular Music, Dance, and Cultural Memory: An Inter/Cross/Trans-Disciplinary Dialogue

You are warmly invited to the second of a series of free lunchtime seminars at University of Chichester jointly presented by the Research Dialogues series and the Dancing with Memory project. We are excited to welcome three Canadian scholars to engage in a dialogue around popular music, dance and cultural memory. Please feel free to circulate this information to your students and colleagues.

Thursday 14th April, 12-1.15pm

C120, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester



Dr Jeff Packman, University of Toronto

Dr Danielle Robinson, York University, Toronto

Dr Farzaneh Hemmasi, University of Toronto


Chair: Dr Clare Parfitt-Brown, University of Chichester

This panel brings together three popular music and dance researchers, working in the Iranian diaspora, Brazil, and the United States, who are interested in how embodied cultural memory can be integral to how communities articulate and assert their sense of belonging within a mediated world. Ethnomusicologist Jeff Packman will discuss contemporary performances and “revivals” of old(er) carnival dance music in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil that inform not only a particular type of memory of the past, but also a tactical relationship with carnival practices of the present. Dance scholar Danielle Robinson will offer a re-historicization of early twentieth century social dancing from the perspective of the Black Atlantic. Finally, Ethnomusicologist Farzaneh Hemmasi will link emotion, dance, music, and the body in contemporary Iranian diasporic life and inquire into the interrelationships between mass media, collective memory, and affective attachments.



Research Dialogues is a seminar series hosted by the Dance and Theatre Departments at the University of Chichester.

Dancing with Memory is a two-year AHRC-funded project exploring the relationship between popular dance and cultural memory through the case study of the cancan. The project is led by Dr Clare Parfitt-Brown at the University of Chichester.



C120 is at the red lift symbol near 01 on this map, accessed via the corridor marked 02:

C-DaRE Events, Collaborations & News March – May 2016


Research Seminar – Talk with Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum

15th March 17:15-18:45

ICE Building, Coventry University

Free to attend

Choreography and Composition of Internal Time is an ongoing practice-based research and creation project, in which we are investigating temporal relationships between physiology, such as heart rate and breath, with rhythms in movement, music, and mediated environments. If you are interested in attending the event, please


Europeana Space Digital Dance Day

16th March 10:00 – 16:00

Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University

Free to attend

As part of the EU-funded Europeana Space (ESpace) project, C-DaRE will be holding a Digital Dance Day, to showcase two recently developed digital tools for dance practice and scholarship. ESpace is a three-year project, now in its second year, which examines the creative reuse of cultural heritage across a range of art and media forms. Find out more here:

* The event is free, but places are limited and participants must register before 11th March via the following link: If you have any questions please email Hetty Blades


Research Seminar – Talk with Amanda Williamson

16th March 17:00 -18.15

ICE Building, Coventry University

Free to attend

‘Falling-in-love with language: Between Ricoeur and Husserl’

Amanda will present research from a book chapter ‘Falling-in-love with language: Between Ricoeur and Husserl’ from Performing Phenomenologies of Dance and Enactment, edited by Sondra Fraleigh. Find out more here: you are interested in attending the event, please email


Research Seminar – Artist Retreat Sharing with Sandra Reeve

18th March 12:00-14:00

ICE Performance Studio, Coventry University

Free to attend

Sandra Reeve’s ‘ecological movement’ approach considers the artist’s and audience’s inter-relationship with the context of the work.  This ingrains site as an integral part of the art-making process, as it emerges out of the affordances offered by the site (and out of the artist and audience ‘collaborating’ in the site). The ecological movement approach also raises wider social and political issues about the interdependence of humans and the surrounding ecology. Sandra Reeve will facilitate an artist’s retreat from 14-18 March, exploring the context of Coventry city as an urban environment, with a final day sharing on the 18th of March which is open to the public. This project is funded by Coventry University and partnered by Decoda and City Arcadia. If you are interested in attending the event, please email


External Event – Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body Symposium

17th March – 10am-5pm

Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University The Beyond

Jewellery symposium coincides with flockOmania2, an exhibition and live performance event which crosses boundaries between jewellery and dance. Located within the field of contemporary art jewellery, this symposium explores the relationships between sculptural objects, the body and performance.

Further information available here:

Booking available here:


External Event – flockOmania

22nd Feb – 2nd April

Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University


flockOmania is the solo exhibition created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson showcasing wearable objects, exploring the interrelationship between Jewellery and Performance. The exhibition has been created in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr. Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasize and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. The flockomania 2 exhibition is organised in collaboration between colleagues at the School of Jewellery (Birmingham City University) and Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University). For more information please


External Event – Games // Art // Hackathon Workshop

16th – 17th April

Game City, Nottingham

Games // Art // Hackathon is an intensive weekend workshop, which will allow artists, coders and technologists to collaborate, team up and develop prototypes of game art projects. The Games // Art // Hackathon is part of Europeana Space, a large EU-funded project, which examines the creative reuse of online content across a range of media and art forms ( Building on three game prototypes developed as part of the project, this event will explore the gamification of online culture, and consider how innovative new game projects might cultivate new forms of participation.

Participants will be entered into a competition, which involves regularly pitching their ideas and prototypes to a jury of experts, over the two days and a final presentation.  The three winning projects will receive further mentoring from Simon Cronshaw from Remix Summits (, and the chance to participate in a Business Modelling Workshop to further shape their projects and develop business plans. These three finalists will then compete for three months of tailored business incubation from world-class industry leaders. You can either come to the workshop with a ready-formed small team with an existing project or you can find someone to collaborate with at the workshop on a new idea. It’s completely free to take part – please email Hetty Blades ( for more information.


Body ^ Space ^ Object ^ Memory ^ Identity Symposium

20th May 9am-5pm

ICE building, Coventry University

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

Rituals of the everyday, of memory, of making things special, and of moving through space and leaving traces are all important factors in being human and developing a sense of self. Many artists, designers and performers have considered these aspects, and it is how these have been addressed that the symposium will explore. Please see here for information:


Research Seminar – Talk with Endalyn M Taylor

25th May 17:00-18.15

ICE building, Coventry University


Taylor is Assistant Professor of Dance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1984 and became a principal dancer in 1993. In 1992, Taylor made her Broadway debut in Carousel and went on to perform in two other Tony Award-winning musicals, The Lion King and Aida. Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph several works over the last five years, including as part of the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, for the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Taylor has been the director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, where she was recently invited to bring 10 of her students to the White House to participate in a new arts initiative of the Obamas.



ES Dance DancePro Quality Assurance Testing

The E-Space Dance Pilot is looking for professional dancers, choreographers and researchers to support the Pilot’s activity. We are in the process of testing our new annotation tool, DancePro and are looking for participants to carry out quality assurance testing over a series of weeks. You will gain access to the annotation tool and will have an opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with the team. In exchange, the developers will support you throughout the agreed testing timeframe to ensure that the tool supports your work and that the process is useful, hopefully enhancing your practice. *Please note this is not a paid role.

To find out more get in touch with Hetty Blades ( or Rosa Cisneros ( Sarah Whatley is the project and pilot coordinator.


Information on the tool:

DancePro focuses on the needs of researchers and dance experts (e.g. dance artists, choreographers) who need a set of much more powerful tools for accessing dance content and creating extensive metadata. The tool allows you to record and annotate videos in real-time or to annotate previously recorded videos; it allows several types and modes of annotations and is designed to support the creative and compositional processes of professional choreographers and dancers, and also has an analytic and scholarly use too.

Project information can be found at Europeana Space:

Pilot information can be found at E-Space Dance Pilot:



FOUR BIBLETS on Irregular Walking and Curious Movement

Attending to Movement edited by Sarah Whatley, Natalie Garrett Brown and Kirsty Alexander is now available as a Biblet from Triarchy Press and you can access it for free here:

Attending to Movement

What do ’embodied thinking’ and ‘somatic action’ mean? What can they offer performers, dancers and thinkers today?


Trans(m)it is a five day online film festival celebrating artists from all over the world. We welcome the submission of films up to 20 minutes in length that have meaningful collaboration as an essential component of the filmmaking or performance process.

The final day of the film festival will feature the submissions awarded ‘best of’ status, and will be screened live on May 27th at the 1fiftyone gallery + art space in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information, or to submit your work, please visit our submission site:

Deadline: March 25th, 2016

Festival dates: May 23rd – 27th 2016, C-DaRE PhD student Rebecca Weber is the co- Director for Project Trans(m)it (

Research report launch event— Independent dancers: Roles, motivation and success

It is our pleasure to invite you to the launch event of a new research report exploring the working lives of independent dancers at the University of Bedfordshire on the 27th April, 6pm.


At the event we will present the findings of our research into the roles and working patterns of independent dancers, the advantages and disadvantages of working in the sector, the psychological factors which help dancers to succeed, and how their work is shaped by wider perceptions about the dance industry.


We will hear from industry experts and dancers working in the independent dance sector, and there will be time for networking and discussions with presenters and delegates.


Delegates will also receive a copy of the research report.


The schedule for the evening is as follows:


  • 6.00pm: Registration and tea/coffee
  • 6.30pm: Keynote talk (Kirsty Alexander and Gitta Wigro from Independent Dance)
  • 7.00pm: Research presentation (Dr Imogen Aujla and Rachel Farrer from the University of Bedfordshire)
  • 7.30pm: Coffee break
  • 7.45pm: Panel discussion (with Sarah Butler, Tim Casson, Tori Drew and Lewys Holt)
  • 8.30pm: Drinks and networking


This event will be of interest to professional dance artists, academics, teachers and students interested in understanding and debating the independent dance sector.


This is a free event but you do need to register in order to secure your place.



For more information about the project visit:


If you have any questions about the report of the launch event please or

Performing Arts in Dialogue with… Somatic Practice

You are invited to the next Performing Arts Research Seminar hosted by the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Sarah Whatley – Professor of Dance and Director of Centre for Dance Research (C–DaRE) at Coventry University to give a guest lecture on the topic: ‘Attending to movement: somatic processes, practices and pedagogies’. 

Other speakers are: Dr Kene Igweonu (Canterbury Christ Church University) – ‘Awareing: Feldenkrais Method and performance training’ and Mo Pietroni-Spenst (Canterbury Christ Church University) who will talk about her practice-based PhD research – ‘The gestural body in performance’.

Please see below for details.

All welcome, attendance is free and there is no need to book.


Canterbury Christ Church University

School of Music and Performing Arts

Research Seminar Series

Performing Arts in Dialogue with… Somatic Practice 


Wednesday2nd March 2016 (1.00-3.00pm

Maxwell Davies Building (MDg01)

North Holmes Road Campus


Guest Speaker:

Professor Sarah Whatley, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University

Attending to movement: somatic processes, practices and pedagogies

Professor Whatley’s lecture would cover some of the development of the philosophy of somatic work and touch on the way in which different somatic modalities have entered the curriculum and influenced approaches to performance/dance training. It also looks at the tensions that emerge in the discourse that is rooted in somatic practices and which has spawned a range of publications, particularly that which talks of transforming, repairing and healing the body.

For any queries please contact:

British Community Dance: Past, Present and Future – An open panel discussion at De Montfort University

British Community Dance: Past, Present and Future
An open panel discussion at De Montfort University
Thursday 3 March 2016 15:00-16:30
Clephan Building (Lecture Theatre 3.03)
Community and participatory dance has become a key feature of the British dance ecology with values and practices that have gained international recognition. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the foundation of a national organization, now People Dancing, which has championed the sector continuously since 1986.
In celebration of this remarkable achievement three leading figures in participatory and community dance come together to reflect on their experience and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing this vibrant, diverse sector of British dance.
Linda Jasper MBE, is currently Director of Youth Dance England. She has made a significant contribution to the development of community and youth dance in a variety of roles since the 1980s when she was one of the first dance animateurs to be appointed in the UK.
Cecilia Macfarlane is an independent artist based in Oxford, with a national and international reputation for her work in the community. Over the last thirty years she has initiated and led creative projects including Oxford Youth Dance (1986>), DugOut Adult Community Dance (1992>) and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company (2003>).
Chris Stenton is the Executive Director of People Dancing. He joined the organization in 1992 and has undertaken a number of different roles over the years. In 2012 Chris was Executive Director for Big Dance 2012, a major participatory dance programme allied with the Cultural Olympiad.

Material Memories: Bodies and Art seminar

You are warmly invited to the following seminar hosted jointly by the Research Dialogues series and the Dancing with Memory project at the University of Chichester. Please see attached flyer for further details. The seminar is free to attend and no booking is required.

Material Memories: Bodies and Art

Tuesday 15th March, 12-1pm

University House 3, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester


Dr Claire Jones, University of Birmingham

Dr Shirley Chubb, University of Chichester

Rachel Johnston, University of Chichester

Chair: Ashleigh Griffith, Doctoral candidate, University of Chichester

DANSOX (Dance Scholarship Oxford) presents three upcoming events


Distinguished Guest Lecture

Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic, New York Times

“Frederick Aston: Steps, Stories, Style”


Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 5:30pm

St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Cowley Pl, Oxford OX4 1DY

Jacqueline du Pré Building

Followed by drinks reception

Free and open to all but book at


Perfectly Disgraceful

Sam Ladkin (Sheffield) speaks on ‘Perfectly Disgraceful: Frank O’Hara, Edwin Denby and New York School Grace’.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 5:30pm

St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Lady Brodie Room

Dance Scholarship Oxford

Contact name:

Susan Jones

Contact email:


Open to all


And, with the APGRD

Professor Mark Franko (Temple U)

From the Neo-Classical Turn to the Baroque ‘Re’-turn


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – 5:00pm

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU

The Outreach Room

A joint APGRD and DANSOX event on ‘From the Neo-Classical Turn to the Baroque ‘Re’-turn: French Dance in Retrospective Modernity and Recycling Postmodernity’ with Mark Franko (Temple University, Philadelphia).

Free, all welcome.

No booking required