Research Projects

Researchers at Roehampton Dance undertake a range of projects. Click on the links below to find out more.

  • Dance for Parkinson’s: Dr Sara Houston and PhD student Ashley McGill research the benefits of dancing for people with Parkinson’s disease, in collaboration with English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme.
  • Dance Performances in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Dr Carine Plancke, postdoctoral research fellow 2014-2015, examines the current revitalisation of Rwandan dances in connection with the country’s post-genocide endeavour to construct a new national identity.
  • Dramaturgy at Work: Dr Efrosini Protopapa’s collaborative project with Dr Konstantina Georgelou (Utrecht) and Dr Danae Theodoridou (Groningen) addresses contemporary European perspectives on and practices of dramaturgy.
  • Falling: This cross-disciplinary research project led by Professor Emilyn Claid explores physical, metaphorical and psychological significances of falling.
  • Harmonica Breakdown: This AHRC-funded project explored manners through which dynamic media can more clearly communicate a dance. It captured Jane Dudley’s solo Harmonica Breakdown (1938) using motion capture/3D visualisation technologies as well as Laban Movement Analysis.
  • The Limón Project: This learning and teaching resource was the result of the Teaching Contemporary Limón Summer School held in July 2011 at Roehampton.
  • Stravinsky the Global Dancer: A Chronology of Choreography to the Music of Igor Stravinsky: This online database compiled by Professor Stephanie Jordan and Dr Larraine Nicholas records over a thousand dances to the music of Igor Stravinsky.
  • What Exactly is a Dance?: Dr Anna Pakes asks philosophical questions related to contemporary practice and dance history.

Top image: Performance at the Roehampton Dance Festival, 2011 © Francis Western Smith