Performing Arts Research

Dance Research

Dance and using the body

Research in Dance at the University is at a very exciting stage in its development as the interests of our dance researchers extends. These interests include dance performance through site-specific work to interactive installations; film to post-colonial theory, and dance history through to cultural studies and philosophy.

Our Dance Department has gained an international reputation in PhD studies through Practice as Research, and actively encourage applicants in this area of research practice.

The results of REF 2014 show the strength of our research culture:

  • 24% of the entry was classed as ‘world leading’
  • 50% of the ‘Impact’ component was classed as ‘world leading’
  • 20.9% of the ‘Outputs’ component of the entry was classed as ‘world leading’

Our focus on expanding our distinctive emphasis on Practice as Research, and on developing research in interdisciplinary work and new technologies was praised by the assessors.

Our Researchers

Edel Quin

Programme Leader for Dance Science

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Professor Bacon

Emeritus Professor

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Cathy Childs

Head of Dance Department

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Virginia Farman

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Yael Flexer

Reader in Dance, Co-Artistic Director for mapdance

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Detta Howe

Senior Lecturer & Co-Artistic Director for mapdance

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Jayne McKee

Senior Lecturer and Dance Science admissions tutor

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Dr Ann Nugent

Associate Lecturer

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Dr Clare Parfitt

PhD supervisor

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Natalie Rowland

Programme Leader for Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

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Fiona Wallis

Senior Lecturer & BA Admissions Tutor

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Carrie Whitaker

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Victoria Hunter

Professor of Site-Dance, and Choreography & MA Choreography and Professional Practices leader

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Abi Mortimer

Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Dance

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Theatre Research

Exploring theatre and performance

According to REF2014, the department is increasingly defined by the international repute enjoyed by the world-leading research and practices of our team. The range of contemporary professional practices within the staff profiles evidences a wealth of recognition that the department has received for award-winning performance work matched by generative critical paradigms.

Our culture of creative exchange celebrates diversity in the processes of research inquiry. The vitality of challenging practices in theatre, drama and live arts is driven by individual accomplishments contributing to collective successes in a warmly close-knit, arts-active research community.

Our researchers: 

  • Communicate research findings effectively through a variety of outcomes, employing both innovative performance and contemporary platforms, alongside established forms of presentation and publication.
  • Contribute to change through work with professional bodies, organisations and networks in local, national and international community contexts.
  • Coordinate and convene events with our national and international associates, partners, colleagues and collaborators.

Postgraduate Theatre Research

Browse our postgraduate research opportunities in theatre.

Music Research

Explore our music projects

Explore our research projects:

Clem Burke Drumming Project

We explore the physical, mental and health benefits of drumming.

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