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MA Programme at Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Northern School of Contemporary Dance have a new MA programme starting this September, with limited places now available.  Recruitment for this programme is open still and will close in August for Home/EU students and on 30th June for International students who will require a tier 4 visa.

The programme is aimed at those recent graduates and/or artists who are looking to transition from being the performer to focus upon being the creator/producer.

NSCD welcome applications from performers, creative artists and applications from other disciplines where the graduates have had significant movement / choreographic / circus and physical theatre experience.

NSCD MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

Publication of Vol 1, Iss. 2 of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Publication of Vol 1, Iss. 2 of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research.  This special themed issue titled “Participation in/and Research: Ethics, Methodologies, Expectations” contains articles, reviews and a special curated section of scholartist provocations.

You may access the journal at both



Articles and authors include:

Forum on the Art of Participation: A Curated Collection of Reflections, Explorations, and Instructions

Astrid Breel, Hannah Newman, and Robbie Wilson with contributions from Adam Alston, Russell Anderson, Outi Condit, Emma Gee, Matt Fletcher, Jamie Harper, Sonia Overall and William Titley

Speak for Yourself: Considerations of Ethics and Aesthetics in the Performance of a Community Oral History Project

Michelle Young

 A Unity of Experience: The Shared Rhythms of Only Wolves and Lions

James Layton

Only the Envelope: An Artistic Exercise in Data Retention

Vahri McKenzie

The “Reflective Participant,” “(Remember)ing” and “(Remember)ance”: A (Syn)aesthetic Approach to the Documentation of Audience Experience

Joanna Bucknall

Anticipation, Action and Analysis: A New Methodology for Practice as Research

Lee Campbell

Participatory Theatre as a Practice as Research Tool for Engaging with Young Men to Interrogate Masculinity and HIV in Malawi

Zindaba Chisiza

I-Reflexes: The Affective Implications of Bodies in Dance Improvisation Performance

Paula Guzzanti

A Review of Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music Marathon

Sean Edgecomb

A Review of Roe by Arena Stage, a co-production with Oregon Shakespeare

Angela Sweigart-Gallagher

A Review of The Builders Association’s Elements of Oz

Sean Bartley


Call for Proposals: Performance Dance, Performance Philosophy School of Athens II

Performance Philosophy School of Athens II

Performance Dance

Athens, 23-24 September 2017


Performance Philosophy School of Athens II, another two-day symposium, organized by Stefania Mylona in collaboration with Stella Dimitrakopoulou and in association with Performance Philosophy will focus on Performance Dance, performances of all kinds that stand in-between dance and performance art or more broadly the visual arts world. The symposium invites workshops, performances and papers that examine the relationship between dance movement, visual art and philosophy. Some of the questions to be addressed are the following:

• In what ways do dance movement and the visual arts intertwine?

• How do dance images make us think?

• How does sculpture come into play?

• How does the relationship between dance movement, visual arts and philosophy benefit or influence these fields?

• What are the aesthetics of performance dance?

• What might performance dance offer the emerging field of performance philosophy and vice versa?

We invite artists, choreographers, dancers and scholars both from the dance world and from the visual arts world to showcase their work, to offer workshops, performances or papers that address performance dance in relation to performance philosophy.

Please send your proposals to by the 31st of July 2017.

Stefania Mylona, artist and scholar in performance philosophy and performance dance studied communication at the American College of Greece, performed with Magnitis Dance Company and was awarded the national diploma in dance studies in Athens (GR). On a scholarship awarded from The State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (I.K.Y.) she completed an MA in European Dance Theatre Practices at Trinity LABAN and a practice-based PhD in performance studies entitled Dancing Sculptures: Contractions of an Intercorporeal Aesthetic (2011) at the University of Surrey. During her PhD study, she lectured in dance at the Dance and Cultures HE program and became an associate of The British Higher Education Academy. She received the Glynne Wickham Award from SCUDD (UK) and the Graduate Award from SDHS (US) while presenting her research and performance practice internationally. In 2014 she organized Performance Philosophy School of Athens, a two-day symposium in association with Performance Philosophy. Currently she is working as a freelance movement teacher, artist and scholar.

Stella Dimitrakopoulou, a performance artist and researcher, co-runs the research project Philosophy on our feet(2014) within which she has co-convened several Performance Philosophy workshops in Athens, London, Southampton and Trondheim. She is co-founder of the performance collective Trio (2009), a member of LUNA PARK Dance Company and often collaborates with other artists as assistant director (LUNA PARK 2017, Anna Adhal 2015, Tino Sehgal 2014) and dramaturg (A priori dance co. 2016). In her practice-based PhD inCreative Practice: Dance (Trinity Laban, 2016) she looked into ‘(Ιl)legitimate Performances: Copying, Authorship and the Canon’ whereas during her MA in Dance Theatre: The body in performance she worked with food as a means of investigating the intermingling of public and private spaces. As performer she has worked with Les Gens d’Uterpan (Documenta 14, 2017), Tino Sehgal (Palais De Tokyo 2016, TATE Modern 2012), William Hunt (Siobhan Davies Studios 2013) and others. IKY, NEON and DanceWEB have supported her academic and artistic work.

Visit Performance Philosophy at:

Invitation to Independent Dance’s fifth Higher Education Round Table

Invitation to Independent Dance’s fifth Higher Education Round Table for artists working in HE, on Friday 8 September 2017, from 2pm-6pm.

This annual ID event is a facilitated meeting space, to discuss current, central issues for dance professionals working in higher education.  Supporting and nurturing artists who in turn teach other artists is a key part of ID’s mission, and we would like to offer you this gathering space for useful exchange in the context of higher education and the wider dance sector.

In this edition, we will consider possibilities for positive resistance to the continuing trend towards the corporate university.

The round table concludes with an opportunity to network and socialise over drinks in the evening.

It is free to attend, to make attendance as easy as possible; if you are able to make a contribution, we welcome this in the form of a donation on the day.

Please rsvp to by 24 July 2017.

For more information: HE round table invitation 2017

Akademi Job Opportunity: South Asian dance education practitioners to work on new autism project


Akademi is seeking South Asian dance education practitioners to work on its new #autism project, Reach Out and Reveal, in two special educational needs settings.

Funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, this is a new ‘test and explore’ project looking at how South Asian dance vocabulary might support the physical and communication needs of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

For more information and guide on application, please visit the link below or contact Joe West on / 0207 691 3210

Call for Contributions – edited collection on popular dance and cultural memory

The Dancing with Memory project is delighted to issue the following Call for Contributions:
Call for Contributions – edited collection on popular dance and cultural memory
Questions of cultural memory have increasingly concerned scholars and politicians in recent decades, as nations have sought to come to terms with traumas such as the Holocaust, communist repression, apartheid, genocide, and the legacies of slavery and colonialism (Huyssen, 2003). While many studies of cultural memory have focused on officially sanctioned forms of commemoration, such as monuments and national celebrations, unofficial popular cultural practices often tell a different story about the past. For example, the capacities of popular film and popular music to carry cultural memories are already topics of research (for example, Kuhn, 2002; Popular Music and Cultural Memory project, Australian Research Council; Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity project, HERA). However, arguably one of the most powerful vehicles for cultural memory is also the least studied: the body as a site for the performance, negotiation and transmission of cultural values. In particular, popular dance practices present a unique opportunity to observe the creative negotiation between past and present, made visible through dancing bodies adapting yesterday’s steps to today’s concerns.
Although references to Proustian sensory reverie (1992; orig. 1913-1927) and Bergsonian habitual memory (2004; orig. 1896) abound in the cultural memory literature, consideration of the body in memory studies is uneven and underdeveloped. Pierre Nora’s large-scale study of French national memory (1984-1992) constructed a romantic view of gestural memory as authentic, but depleted in modern life, neglecting the many ways in which memory practices have remained embodied. The sociologist Paul Connerton reopened the possibility of researching bodies as carriers of cultural memory in his 1989 book How Societies Remember, and embodied memory has since been explored in contexts such as performance (Taylor, 2003) and film (Landsberg, 2004). However, where the body is invoked in memory studies, it is predominantly in relation to the senses and trauma, and not body movement. Yet, popular dance offers a potent medium for cultural memory. Often spontaneous and improvised, many popular dance practices have the flexibility to be shaped and adapted by skilled dancers and teachers in response to changing contexts, and their informal transmission, evading regulation and censorship, makes them ideal vehicles for cultural ideas that might not otherwise be voiced.
Over the last two years, the AHRC-funded ‘Dancing with Memory’ project has explored relationships between popular dance and cultural memory, led by Dr Clare Parfitt at University of Chichester. One of the outcomes of the project will be an edited collection bringing together current scholarship in this area from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We invite researchers working at the interface of dance and memory studies to contribute chapters to this collection. Contributions focusing on any popular dance practice are welcome, and we are keen to include a wide range of methodologies and disciplinary approaches. To register your interest in contributing, please submit a 250-word abstract and indicative bibliography to by 31st July 2017. For further information on the Dancing with Memory project, please visit or our Facebook page

External Examiner Needed: Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, validated by the University of Kent, is seeking to appoint an External Examiner commencing September 2017

The vacancy is for the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) top-up in Ballet & Contemporary Dance

The external examiner should have a background in dance (preferably Ballet and Contemporary) as well as extensive experience of the dance profession along with an understanding of conservatoire level training.  Applicants should be educated to Honours level and have experience of external examining in at least one other HE institution with a strong insight into the academic/research side of dance.

To avoid conflicts of interest, we are unable to accept applications if you:

•       are a current external examiner within the University of Kent or Rambert School or have acted as an external examiner for either institution in the past;

•       have had links with Rambert School in a teaching and/or administrative capacity;

•       are currently professionally involved with members of the Rambert School course team;

•       have been employed within the previous five years by Rambert School or the University or at one of its associate institutions.

Further Information:

Rambert School’s training has for many years enabled graduates to enjoy highly successful careers as dance artists and as choreographers. The School entered the Higher Education (HE) sector in 2005, joining the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) and validating the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) courses in Ballet and Contemporary Dance with the University of Kent.

If you would like further information on the courses, please contact Phaedra Petsilas, Head of Studies at Rambert School or visit the School website

Please send initial expressions of interest by 29th June 2017 accompanied by your current CV to

Rambert School is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Talks, Installation & Discussion: Choreographic entanglements in the analogue and digital

Choreographic entanglements in the analogue and digital

with Charlotte Spencer, Gabriele Reuter, Janine Harrington, Hetty Blades, Stefanie Sachsenmaier and Daniela Perazzo Domm

Tuesday 18 July 2017, 2-5pm

Kingston University London

Penrhyn Road Campus, Main Building, Clattern Lecture Theatre

Free entry & drinks

Booking required:


The School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston University London invites you to an afternoon of talks, installations and discussion on the topic of the intra-action between the analogical and the digital in current dance practices.

The last decade has seen the proliferation of research on performance and digital culture, advocating the potential of digital practices to transcend physicality and extend its performative possibilities. In the field of dance, recent years have witnessed the emergence of digital projects and archives, both internationally and in the UK, aiming at the development of tools that expand our ability to engage with dance objects and processes. This event re-thinks the digital/analogical nexus in contemporary choreography and proposes to reframe the relationships between these two modes and processes in non-oppositional terms, by interrogating their entanglement.

Exploring the complexity of analogue structures by drawing attention to the richness and heterogeneity of their codes, the event investigates the productive convergence between new technologies and physical (material, cultural, experiential) bodies in the work of choreographers Charlotte Spencer (UK), Gabriele Reuter(Germany/UK) and Janine Harrington (UK/nomadic), who will present and discuss aspects and examples of their practices. They will engage in conversation with Dr Hetty Blades (C-DaRE, Coventry University) and Dr Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University) and will invite the audience to experience their creative processes through video projections and audio recordings. The roundtable will be chaired by Dr Daniela Perazzo Domm (Kingston University London).

We invite all to join us for an afternoon of discussion, sharing and networking.

For further information email Daniela Perazzo Domm at

Registration Open: Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2017: Moving the Sensate: Questions of Affect and Embodiment for the 21st Cent

Registration for the fourth international Dance & Somatic Practices Conference is now open.

Please see the link below.


Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2017: Moving the Sensate: Questions of Affect and Embodiment for the 21st Cent

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July 2017

The fourth international Dance and Somatic Practices Conference, invites somatic practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a range of subject domains to continue, extend and debate investigations in the field of somatic informed dance practices.

Acknowledging the post-capitalist sensibility of the 21st century, the 2017 conference considers the ways in which somatic informed dance does and might contribute to understandings of affect and embodiment. Foregrounding the sensate we invite submissions that explore the way in which somatic informed dance theories, questions and enables new thinking in the areas of:


1         Conceptions of the Post-human and the Dancing Body

2         Transgender identities, and notions of Difference

3         Dance as the radical, and site for political activism in a Post-Capitalist society

4         Responses to the Non-human Turn, New Materialism,

5         Critiques of Anthropocentricism and Inter-species performance,

6         Mediated bodies and performance, in the era of big data, smart cities and technology advances


The conference seeks to offer a space for discussion, engagement, debate and experimentation and invites proposals in a range of modes and formats including but not limited to: papers, workshops, lecture demonstrations, round tables, working parties, provocations, curated panels and performative interventions.

Contributors will have the opportunity to submit academic papers and other textual contributions for consideration for a special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Intellect Publishers.



7th-9th July 2016

The Ellen Terry Building

Jordan Wells

Coventry University




For information on how to get here check out our visit us page.

For more information on accommodation, click here.

For any enquiries please contact


Conference Fee’s

Early Bird Rates

 Students – One Day £60 | Whole Conference – £130

Part time employed/un-funded place – One Day £70 | Whole Conference £150

Full time employed or funded place – One Day £80 | Whole Conference £170

Full Price

Students – One Day £70 | Whole Conference – £150

Part time employed/un-funded place Full Price – One Day £80 | Whole Conference – £170

Full time employed or funded place Full Price – One Day £90 | Whole Conference – £190





Request for Participants: research project at University College London.

Request for participants from across the UK to be interviewed as part of a research project at University College London.

I am a current Information Science master’s student at UCL and undertaking the research project under the supervision of Professor Melissa Terras. This dissertation project will merge my passion for dance and my current study of information science. It aims to investigate dance performance in the digital age and how dance students source dance performance for the purpose of research projects.

All the best,
Bethany Johnstone

BA Hons, MA
Currently a student at UCL department of Information Studies