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Dance research

Research in dance at Kingston University is led by an enthusiastic team of active researchers, involved in both academic enquiry and professional practice.

Our research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. They are shaped around three research units of the Department of Performing Arts (Creative Process, Popular Culture, Audio Culture) as well as individual interests.

We welcome proposals for postgraduate research (including practice-based) in the following areas:

  • Popular, social and vernacular dance practices
  • Dance and identity
  • British and European contemporary choreography
  • Interdisciplinary performance practices
  • Dance theory
  • South Asian dance
  • Identity in postcolonial and diasporic dance practices
  • Embodiment and culture
  • Dance ethnography and anthropology

Our research culture is embedded in creative and pedagogical practice: many of our academics are also performance practitioners - dancers, choreographers, movement practitioners, dramaturgs - and our research projects both reflect and shape the cultural diversity of our teaching curriculum.

How to apply

If you are interested in studying for a research degree, the first step is to submit your research proposal to the Research Student Co-ordinator (tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2304).

Download our guidance notes for dance research degrees.

Download information on how to apply for a PhD in dance.

Past projects and events

PoP Moves Conference 2016: Im/mediate bodies: Materiality and mediation in popular culture

PoP Moves Conference 2016: Im/mediate bodies: Materiality and mediation in popular culture

PoP Moves Conference 2016: Im/mediate bodies: Materiality and mediation in popular culture

Saturday 15 October 2016, Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road, Kingston University
This conference focused on the relationship between the body and mediation in popular culture. It was run in collaboration by the cross-university working group PoP (Performances of the Popular) Moves with the Popular Culture Research Unit at Kingston University. The scope of the conference included dance and performance studies, film, television, music and other popular media and explored the impact that mediated bodies have on our understanding of spectatorship, historicity, translation, embodiment and performance.

Odissi Intensive Summer School

Odissi Intensive Summer School

Odissi Intensive Summer School

Thursday 14 July - Wednesday 20 July 2016, Penrhyn Road, Kingston University

Organiser: Elena Catalano

  • Live performances of classical and contemporary Odissi dance
  • Lecture and Masterclasses by Guest scholar/choreographer Ananya Chatterjee from University of Minnesota, USA
  • Artists talk and film screening
  • Intensive Odissi workshop led by Monica Singh
52 PORTRAITS: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning in conversation

52 PORTRAITS: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning in conversation

52 PORTRAITS: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning in conversation

Friday 1 July 2016, Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road, Kingston University
With: Adrian Heathfield and Sarah Whatley
Organiser: Daniela Perazzo Domm
In collaboration with: Creative Process Research Unit (CPRU)
Supported by: PASS PSE Fund

A screening of selected video works from the online digital project "52 Portraits" by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, followed by a roundtable discussion with invited guests: Prof Adrian Heathfield (University of Roehampton), Prof Sarah Whatley (Coventry University), Kloe Dean (dancer) and Antonio de la Fe (dancer).

Department of Performing Arts

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