Lecturer Nina Atkinson’s most recent research ‘Hanging Heavy’ was an immersive performance investigating audiences’ reactions to movement and was funded by Arts Council England, Involve Medway, Canterbury Festival and Sense UK. Nina collaborated with cognitive neuroscientists Dr Ellen Poliakoff and Dr Judith Bek from BEAM Lab at the University of Manchester, composer Sabio Janiak and lighting and performance environment designer Dr Andy Hurst Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). The project was a dance and cognitive neuroscience collaboration investigating kinaesthetic empathy in audiences. Nina will continue this research into her PhD studies, starting this year, as well as leading a series of workshops for young people who are deemed ‘hard to reach’ and are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) through the Princes Trust programme and those with visual impairments in collaboration with Kent Association for the Blind.
In summer 2018, senior lecturer Lalitaraja worked on the project See What Happens, for dance artist Kate Brown, with whom he has been collaborating for many years – most recently as “The Friday Club”, a forum for regular improvisation practice.
See What Happens experiments with using painting and colour to inspire and guide the creation of a dance piece. The concerns of the research are displayed with task-like transparency, articulating modes of both looking and improvising that are specific to the work.
(Image contains: Kate Brown, David Waring, Lauren Potter and Lalitaraja)
Senior Lecturer Heike Salzer, herself a screendance artist, is on the board of directors and the European liaison for The Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary season. With an expansive definition of dance and an appreciation for highly experimental and interdisciplinary forms, the festival exposes diverse audiences to a variety of film, video, and performance possibilities. The Sans Souci Festival, which is based in Boulder Colorado in the United States, presents a range of screenings at colleges, libraries and art venues, having toured across North America, Europe, and South America.
Image: Wild-er-ness, WE Create Productions, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema 2017 Photo by: J. Akiyama, Kinisis Photography
In the collaborative project Simply for the Doing: the practical wisdom of teaching dance, principal lecturer Erica Stanton brings her work in the studio together with Sonia Rafferty and David Waring at conferences and with other teachers in ‘studio retreats’.
Simply for the Doing interrogates the narratives, currents, underscores and values which sustain our intangible heritage of teaching, posing questions such as:
* What is a dance technique class ‘for’?
* What does movement ‘do’ and how does it support complex and nuanced embodied meaning?
* Who does practice ‘belong’ to?
The project’s concerns disrupt the obvious binaries between teacher and student, dancer and pedestrian, expert and novice, etc. and foster a community of engagement with ‘the work’ – the labour of the dancer.
Georgia Tegou approaches dance-as-design, aiming to blur the boundaries of dance and movement with other visual and spatial arts more readily associated with design. Working with concepts influenced by architecture, sculpture, fashion and visual art, choreography becomes the epicentre of an interdisciplinary installation or inhabits a visually curated environment. Her work has been presented by The Place Theatre, The Old Truman Brewery, The Whitechapel Gallery, Dance Umbrella, Royal Academy of Music, Architectural Association, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Six D.O.G.S. Gallery Space, Deda Derby and Architekturzentrum Wien. Georgia teaches Composition, Improvisation and Contemporary Dance Technique. www.georgiategou.com
Lecturer Elaine Thomas’ interests are in methods of production for performance, the relationship of space and the dancing body and the experience of movement and words as texture. Elaine has collaborated with poet Alison Gibb since 2009 to produce, drawings, dialogues, sound-scores, texts and performances. They use their shared background in visual art to respond to each other’s work to make a new dialogue through an experience of Poetics. Their work has been shown at E-Poetry Festival, Village Underground, Practice, Process and Paradox and Dance Fields conferences at Roehampton University. They will show a new collaboration at Vital Signs Festival, 28-30 September 2018.