CDR Events

The Centre for Dance Research organises an annual series of research seminars, panel discussions, and lecture demonstrations by international scholars and dance artists as well as those from the UK and Roehampton. The Centre also hosts high-profile symposia and international conferences.

To see past events programmes, please go to Past CDR Events.

CDR Events, Autumn 2017

Unless otherwise noted, the CDR events listed below are free, open to the public, and do not require booking. They take place on the campus of the University of Roehampton. For more information, contact Chris Jones, research facilitator:; 0208 392 5145.

Perspectives on dance-making, authorship and collaboration

Professor Stephanie Jordan and Dr Anna Pakes, Department of Dance, University of Roehampton
22 November 2017, 12.30-13.45, Cedar, room ED106, Froebel Campus, University of Roehampton
Free, all welcome, no need to book

Stephanie and Anna will each present papers given as part of an invited symposium on dance-making at the British Society for Aesthetics annual conference in September 2017. Stephanie examines the collaboration between Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, and the way it problematises the identity of dance and music elements. Anna explores the debate about dancers’ co-authorship of dance works, focusing on solo works created by a choreographer with/for a particular dancer.

Dance Studies and the Long Nineteenth Century

Dr Avanthi Meduri, Reader in Dance, University of Roehampton
6 December 2017, 12.30-13.45, Cedar, room ED106, Froebel Campus, University of Roehampton
Free, all welcome, no need to book

The histories of Romantic Ballet and Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of India, were conjoined spectacularly when a troupe of Indian temple dancers travelled to Europe in 1838. Recently, the acclaimed British choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh dramatized this tour of the five dancers in her production Bayadère: the Ninth Life. A radical reworking of Marius Petipa’s ballet La Bayadère, Jeyasingh’s work premiered in the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, in 2015 and was restaged at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in October 2017. More than a retelling, the remarkable work searches for the roots of the ‘Bayadère temple dancer herself and the allure she exerted in Europe over the centuries.’

Dance scholars have, for some time now, recognized the historical significance of this extraordinary event in world dance history. Yet the interlocked history of these two forms, extending over a 200-year time span, remains under-researched in dance history programmes because much of the scholarship on world dance forms continues to be articulated within the exceptionalizing framework of the ‘West and the Rest’ and/or the anthropological framework of the local and the national. My paper rejects this divided East/West framework and historicizes the entangled histories of Romantic Ballet and Bharatanatyam within the global framework of British imperialism, Orientalism and decolonization. What is gained by returning to what is being described as the long nineteenth century and exploring this entangled history? How will this return to imperial history impact on the development of dance studies in the 21st century and/or the specific development of dance anthropology as a field of study? These are some questions that I will discuss, albeit in a preliminary manner, in my presentation.

‘You had to be there’: dance seen and dance screened

Professor David Davies, Department of Philosophy, McGill University, Canada
12 December 2017, 17.00–18.30, Grove House, room GH008, Froebel Campus, University of Roehampton
Free, all welcome, no need to book
Further details soon…