Seminar Series: What is Dance without an Audience?

Dance & Academia: Moving the Boundaries
What is Dance without an Audience?
A series of three seminars exploring this provocative question. For academics in all disciplines, dance artists and movement practitioners, and anyone else who wants to exchange thinking about dance!
Tuesdays 3 October5 December 20176 February 20186-8.15pm
Heritage Learning Centre, Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX
£5 cash on the door per seminar (£1 off for any repeat attenders). Please email to reserve your place.
Tuesday 3 October: Chloe Metcalfe (Roehampton University)
When non-dancers dance: considerations of audience and performer in contemporary British community-dance events.  
Social dance blurs the distinction between audience and performer. Nowhere is this more true than in community barn dances, usually held by non-performance based organisations across England. This evening will feature a brief talk about the concept of performer within this context, drawing upon PhD research of such dances in Buckinghamshire. This will be followed by a fun, practical workshop where the concepts of audience and performer are engaged with.
5 December: Susie Crow and Maggie Watson
Further information to follow
6 February: Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins (Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge)
What is dance without an audience? An investigation beyond language and the complexity of our social interaction to explore wordless thoughts~ to include demonstrations of tango and magic.
i.               Does an audience have to be real?
ii.              Is dance without an audience merely ritual, resulting in an altered state, and if so, what kind?
iii.            Is dance without an audience simply the confirmation of a heartbeat?
iv.            Is the introspection of an intimate partner dance audience free, and if so, what is being explored?
v.              Is dance without an audience the opportunity to invent and explore realities that exist outside of the compass of shared experience?
Supported by Dancin’ Oxford Festival

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn

The Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to announce Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn a two-day conference and workshop, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2017, generously sponsored by the International Ambiances Network.

Staging Atmospheres presents an interdisciplinary interrogation of the place of theatre in the understanding of ‘atmosphere’. Within the current interdisciplinary atmospheric turn, theatre has presented itself as an heuristic paradigm in which the social, material and political elements of atmosphere are thought to resonate – albeit in an idealised manner. ‘Theatre’ has been adopted as a paradigm of the site and operation of ‘atmosphere’ by philosophers and architectural theorists from Vitruvius to Gernot Böhme. Why does the theatre present itself as such an acute example of what Jean-Paul Thibaud has termed the ‘affective tonality’ of aesthetic experience? Böhme’s ‘The Art of the Stage Set’ has become a key text concerning the production and reception of atmosphere, whilst his concern for theatrical design finds earlier echoes in classical concerns for theatre architecture, and those of Sebastiano Serlio and Leone di Somme in the Italian renaissance. Notwithstanding the particularities of their historical contexts, these models similarly assume an idealised atmospheric efficacy of space and design, and eschew direct discussion of performance per se.

The convenors ask: how stable is this paradigm as it departs from the specificities and exigencies of theatrical practice? What might the extended mode and model of ‘performance’ with which theatre studies has conducted a sustained enquiry over more than half a century, add to other disciplinary studies of ‘atmosphere’? The questions of how and where atmosphere inheres, and what generates, informs and influences it within performance situations, have not yet been consistently addressed. This conference presents the opportunity to tackle both the abstract and paradigmatic as well as the concrete and specific in order to produce more profound understandings of the operation and significance of ‘atmosphere’ both within and without the theatre.

The concern with ‘atmosphere’ intersects with overlapping sites of emergent inquiry in the academy including studies of mood, affect and histories of emotion, as well as ecocritical and climatological theory. Theatre studies, like any number of academic enquiries, cannot avoid the complex and pressing ecological context of anthrogenic climate change, and its implications for what Böhme has termed ‘ecological aesthetics’ (1993) as well as the aerological aspects of human being and sociality (Adey 2014). How, when, and why theatre and atmosphere should be considered in relation to these wider political and environmental concerns forms a critical keystone of this event, not least given the extent to which theatre is held up as emblematic of the artificial or manmade.

To this effect, keynote speakers from philosophy and theatre studies have been secured to offer disciplinary way-points and context for the discussion. The conference organisers are keen to encourage dialogue amongst artists and academics across a range of disciplines beyond theatre and performance studies and internationally. We invite all participants to play with ideas as well as presenting them. Participation will be strictly capped at forty participants. Not all participants will present papers, but expressions of interest must be submitted to secure a place. Although we will only be able to programme a limited number of papers, all participants will be actively involved in discussions and events over both days.

The conference fee is £25 with provision for postgraduate bursaries on application. The conference fee includes a ticket to a major London theatre event on the evening of Friday 8th December. This will inform discussion in the workshop on Saturday 9th December.

The proceedings of the first day will see a series of papers that lay out emerging themes and lines of enquiry that we will workshop together in dialogue and experiments in theatrical practice on the second day. The convenors welcome the submission of abstracts for papers (300 words max), but also seek the participation of a range of scholars and artists in discussions and events. There is some provision for translating non-English papers.

Themes and lines of enquiry include but are not limited to: lighting, sound, acoustics, gesture, audience and spectatorship, theatre and auditorium design, access, circulation, air and the aerological, ventilation, breath, smell and odour, temperature, aura, craft, the actor-audience relationship, history, reconstruction, sociality, antagonism, the relational, the institutional, the non-human, the non-atmospheric, the open-air, weather, the digital, social media and atmosphere, failure, the accidental, translation between English, European, and non-Western languages and concepts.

If you are interested in presenting a paper please email 300 word abstracts to If you are interested in attending as a participant, rather than a speaker, please email a 300 word outline of your interests as they relate to the conference topic. Numbers are limited, and we may not be able to meet every request for participation as we try and build a dialogue around a range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives. These outlines will be circulated amongst participants in advance as a means of developing dialogue.

The conference organisers are also interested in hearing from colleagues who may be unable to attend, but who share interests in the field or enquiry outlined above. We are planning to develop further opportunities for discussion, practice and presentation in relation to what we perceive to be a growing area of interdisciplinary interest.

Deadline for abstracts and participation requests: 5th October 2017

Invited speakers:

Prof. Tonino Griffero (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)
Prof. Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow)



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 Productive Margins Festival – 14th September

You warmly invited to take part in the Productive Margins Festival.
When? 14 September 2017, 8am-8pm
Productive Margins is a 5-year Connected Communities collaboration between English and Welsh community organisations and the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff. The programme explores how regulation can both constrain and further engagement in decision-making. Our starting point is that people and communities excluded from decision-making have the expertise, experience and creativity to be politically productive. Together we shift debates from the regulation of engagement to regulation for engagement.
Since 2013, Productive Margins has been co-producing research on some of the big questions that we face collectively: mobilising with young people; Muslim women’s engagement in decision-making; loneliness among older people; regulation of food habits across diverse communities; how families in poverty experience the regulation of welfare to work and immigration. We do this through a range of disciplines from social sciences to the arts, engaging with decision-makers throughout.
Join us for a full day or dip in and out. The day will showcase, celebrate, inspire and challenge us to think differently about how regulation can both constrain and empower communities and explore how we make future opportunities a reality. There will be films, performances, information stalls, discussion panels – and breakfast, lunch, drinks and canapes!

We hope to see you there!

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Championing the Value of Dance

Championing the Value of Dance
Saturday 25 November 2017 / Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


Making a difference to dance education through research

This is the first One Dance UK conference for dance teachers and practitioners working with young people. As a new organization and the Subject Association for dance in schools, this is an important moment to build on the success of the NDTA and Youth Dance England Conferences. It will include debate concerning the future of dance in the school curriculum as well as practical workshops and seminars spanning primary and secondary education, dance examinations, research and opportunities to get up to date with some of the latest educational developments.

In collaboration with DanceHE Championing the Value of Dance will feature research by and for dance teachers building on the very successful research sessions within the last four NDTA conferences.

Focusing upon or related to children and young people’s dance education within and outside of schools, we invite proposals for research led presentations that address (but are not limited to) at least one of the following areas:

1. Innovative approaches to dance education
2. Approaches to Dance teaching that challenge the status quo
3. How dance education is addressing a range of educational policy agendas
4. Benefits of dance education and participation to improving physical and mental health

We hope the sessions will represent a mix of researchers at different points in their careers. So whether you are researching at M level, as part of a CPD initiative, a PhD, an early career researcher or experienced researcher we would like to hear from you.

There is the option to offer a 20 minute presentation or a longer lecture demonstration of 35 minutes. Conference research sessions will be facilitated by Dr Kerry Chappell and Dr Angela Pickard.

Application process

Please send an abstract of 400-500 words detailing the research you wish to share, clearly stating whether you wish to offer a presentation or lecture demonstration. This should include a short statement as to the relevance to children and young people’s dance education and to one or more of the four bullet points above.

Please also include the following details:

  • Name /address /contact telephone number/email address
  • A short biography of no longer than 100 words.

    Proposals should be sent to: Amy Swalwell, Dance in Education Manager: Deadline for applications:Friday 13 October 2017.

    Successful applicants will be informed by end of October. Proposals will be assessed by the small team involved in coordinating the research sessions.

BODILY UNDOING – 2 day Symposium Bath Spa University


Two day symposium

SEPT 16TH AND 17TH 2017
Convenors: Thomas Kampe, Pamela Karantonis , Silvia Carderelli -Gronau (Bath Spa University), Tamara Ashley (University of Bedfordshire)

This two day symposium aims to address the socially and culturally transformative potential of Somatics and transdisciplinary performance practices through workshops, academic papers, artistic presentations and debate.

Presenters include :

Kirsty Alexander (UK), Tamara Ashley (UK), Colleen Bartley (UK), Christine Bellerose (CAN), Nicole Bindler (US), Silvia Carderelli-Gronau (UK), Jane Carr (UK), Noyale Colin, (UK), Olly Crick, (UK), Jenny Coogan (D), Katy Dymoke, (UK), Virginia Farman (UK), Gustavo Fijalkow (UK), Natalie Garrett Brown (UK), Jeannette Ginslov (UK), Gina Giotaki (GR/UK), David Glass (UK), Vanessa Grasse (UK), Christina Greenland (UK), Mark James Hamilton (UK), Vicky Hunter(UK),Instant Dissidence (keynote UK), Manuela Jara (CO),Thomas Kampe (UK),Pamela Karantonis (UK), Alexander Komlosi (FI),Nita Little (keynote, US), Nadine Martinez(US), Maria Bartilotti Matos (PT), Lisa May Thomas (UK),Emma Meehan (UK), Katia Münker (D), Jane Munro (UK),Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer (CAN), Mike Poltarak (UK), Ailsa Richardson (UK), Carolyn Roy (UK),Karin Rugman (UK), Richard Sarco-Thomas (Malta), Stephanie Scheubeck (UK/D),Carrie Marie Schneider (US),Bruce Sharp (UK),Ildiko Solti (UK), Sian Sullivan (UK), Jane Turner (UK) , Geoffery Unkovich (UK), Verena Vandenberg (UK/NL), Doerte Weig (ES), Richard White (UK), Ali Young (UK)

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Glenna Batson (2017) argues towards the need for a new critique to fully address Somatics in the face of neoliberal globalization and an increasing planetary poly-crisis. How do we locate our embodied practices beyond commodification as critical and empowering practices? How do we question relevance, access, inclusion, and modes of knowledge production within our work? How do we articulate a critical stance toward elitism, Euro-centrism and under-theorisation historically associated with the field? Somatic practices can be understood as reflective processes of undoing existing patterns so that new ones can emerge. How can this transformative undoing be extended beyond the body of the individual to the body politic or the social body? How might we construct Somatics and affiliated transdisciplinary arts practices as practices of critique that might contribute to an alternative social imaginary or way of world-making? Can somatic processes and performance practices foster a capacity for self-reflection and criticality as feature of the ‘democratic citizen’ as ‘a member of the body politic’ (Morin 1999) within growing totalitarian socio-cultural contexts?

This symposium launches the Journal for Dance Somatic Practices (JDSP) Volume 9.1 – ‘Bodily Undoing – Somatics as Practice of Critique’ co-edited by Kirsty Alexander and Thomas Kampe

During the symposium the David Glass Ensemble will be artists-in-residence and will present a corporeally-inspired working of Dickens’s Bleak House in a performance onSaturday 16th September at 7:30pm in the University Theatre. For Symposium attendees, a theatre ticket can be made available at a reduced price.

The event is supported through the Creative Corporealities and the Arts for Social Change research groups, and through the Environmental Humanities Research Centre of The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) of Bath Spa University



Trans-In-Corporados: Building Networks for International Dance Research

The Laboratório de Crítica (LabCrítica) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with the Panorama Festival and Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), invite scholars and artists to the seminar Tran-In-Corporados: Building Networks for International Dance Research which will take place at the MAR on November 10th and 11th, 2017. The seminar wants to bring together recent research on dance and its interfaces for reflection about translation, remixing and dissemination processes and politics. It will include working groups, debates, conferences, publications and exhibitions of artistic experiments in MAR and other spaces in the port region of Rio de Janeiro.


The seminar arises as a way of giving visibility to the new Graduate Program in Dance of UFRJ (PPGDan – UFRJ) (currently in implementation phase) and to insert the program in the conversations other similar programs and research networks are currently having both in Brazil and abroad. Besides to professors from PPGDan-UFRJ, the scientific committee of the event is composed by invited artist-researchers from several universities in Brazil, the United States and the United Kingdom. A LabCrítica and MAR partership will co-curate the artistic experiment section.


The official language of the event is Portuguese, but proposals of speakers of English, Spanish, “Portunhol”, “Portunglês” and other kind of linguistic transits are also welcome for work groups.


See thematic provocations, deadlines and more

Submissions on the website.

PoP turns 10: Celebrating the Popular, Practising the Urban – Registration now open

As part of their ten-year anniversary celebrations, The PoP [Performances of the Popular] Moves committee, in partnership with the CPAD research group at the University of East London, invites you to our annual conference.

PoP turns 10: Celebrating the Popular, Practising the Urban 

Saturday, 18th November 2017, 10am-6pm

University of East London, Stratford, London, U.K


The conference engages with intersections between popular practices and the Urban: the city as a space where culture is created, represented and disputed.

Keynote: Professor Gabriele Klein, University of Hamburg

‘Urban Choreographies. The Power of the Aesthetic’


Questions considered include: 

  • What are the risks and opportunities that Urban environments provide for the emergence, spread and survival of popular practices?
  • How do notions of hybridity and cultural exchange operate between the Urban and the popular?
  • How does cultural memory intersect with popular practice in city environments?
  • What are the representations of city and bodies on screen?

Alongside papers, performative papers and roundtables, the programme also includes:

  • Society of Dance Research Annual AGM meeting
  • Performance by UEL Dance Collective
  • Book launch for Prof. Debra Shaw’s ‘Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space’
  • Full schedule to be announced in October

Registration Information

Registration is essential for the conference. Please register via Eventbrite here


Society of Dance Research members: Free*                  

Students/Unwaged: £20          Full ticket price: £40

*Please note that if choosing the Society of Dance Research (SDR) ticket option that all ticket holders will need to be signed up members to the society by the end of October 2017. For details on membership to SDR, please visit this link.

Labanarium  presents…series. FINAL EVENT.

A reminder about the final event in this year’s Labanarium  presents…series, Thinking Movement, Moving Thought in collaboration with the Centre for Performance Philosophy at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey on 22 September 2017 9am – 6.30pm. Scroll down for details/flyer.


This one day symposium is the first collaboration between the Labanarium and the Centre for Performance Philosophy, comprising practical workshops, seminars and papersThinking Movement, Moving Thought will explore the relationships between movement, philosophy and psychology with contributions from Cate Deicher and Amy Shapiro, PhD (Alverno College, U.S); Will Wollen (University of Kent); Christopher Simpson (Northampton University) and Dr Paola Crespi (Goldsmiths University London).

To book a place (£25 full, £15 conc.), please register here  Buffet lunch and refreshments included.

We hope you can join us.

Best wishes,

Juliet Chambers-Coe and Dr Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

The ECR Community

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The ECR Community – Dance newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that collates a comprehensive list of upcoming opportunities and events. Here is our latest issue:
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We are also very interested in hearing from ECRs about what kind of gaps that this network could help fill. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have ideas, questions, or just want to connect:
Kind regards,
An ECR who is also trying to figure this research/career thing out.