Centre for Dance Research
The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) is located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Centre, led by Director Professor Sarah Whatley, specialises in an inclusive interdisciplinary approach to diverse forms of artistic and scholarly research in dance supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and dissemination of choreographic creativity. C-DaRE embraces leading edge research developments including reflexive enquiry into embodied practices, collective and political action, digitisation, cultural value and the expanded choreographic field. In addition, C-DaRE also seeks to investigate and critique the legal frameworks that can be used to support and empower the sector. We are a team of international researchers, research professionals and more than 20 PhD candidates, researching a range of topics connected to our core themes:
- dance documentation, dissemination and publication
- cultural heritage and preservation
- choreographic processes and somatic practices
- dance digital and software studies
- movement and computing
- interdisclipinarity and interculturalism
- inclusivity and collectivity
- critical discourse and performance philosophy
- alternative performance sites and virtual reality
- intellectual property and human rights
- bodies, health and well-being
- practice as research
Our funded research ranges from major projects funded by the AHRC, the European Commission (FP7 and H2020), the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, to smaller seed funding by the HEA and artist-led projects funded by Arts Council England.
C-DaRE is also the home of several international peer-reviewed Journals. These include the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and the Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, published by Intellect; and the International Journal of Screendance. Our publications include several sole and jointly authored books, book chapters, journal articles, films and various performance outputs.
For a full list of people associated with C-DaRE, please visit our Staff Page.
For information on the range of events organised each year, please visit our C-DaRE Events page.
We are located in the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) building at the Coventry University Technology Park, Parkside. Find out more here including parking.
This project examines an innovative way of empowering persons with conflict-related disabilities in Sri Lanka through a combination of dance and law that was pioneered and piloted by VisAbility, a German association, in mid-2015.
SomaticApp - Dance, digital software design and inclusive practice
This project aims to bring together expertise across disciplines of health and dance to develop the concept of an app that can be used by students to promote self awareness and relaxation through mindful movement. This can also be linked to dealing with related physical recurring pain such as neck and shoulder pain from desk work, etc. In particular, it will draw on somatic movement practices which are a group of activities that link body and mind for wellbeing such as Feldenkrais and Alexander technique.