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Senior Research Fellow
My REF research is a continuation of practice-led interdisciplinary collaborative artistic research into deepening understanding of creative process in the field of contemporary dance. Over the last decade, this has included an engagement with a number of artist-initiated research projects working to develop resources published in different formats (from books to websites) with the goal to further understanding of choreographic ideas and processes. Our aim is to foster newly productive relations with both general audiences and other specialist practices and to contribute to an emergent unique body of knowledge pertaining to contemporary dance.
Dr. Scott deLahunta has worked as a writer, researcher and organiser on a range of international projects bringing performing arts with a focus on choreography into conjunction with other disciplines and practices. He is currently a full-time Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (UK) and Visiting Academic with Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University (AUS) and Co-Director (with Florian Jenett) of the Motion Bank Institute, the second phase of Motion Bank - a research project of The Forsythe Company - which he directed from 2010-2014. He was an Associate Research Fellow with Dartington College of Arts (UK) from 2000-2009 during which time he began a long-term research into creative processes in dance with Wayne McGregor. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Director for R-Research the interdisciplinary research department for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. From 2006-2010, deLahunta was Research Fellow with the Art Theory and Research and Art Practice and Development Research Group, Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he worked closely with the dance company Emio Greco | PC, a project which culminated with the two year research project (2008-2010) Inside Movement Knowledge. During this period, he also served as an advisor on the Siobhan Davies Digital Dance Archive project and Synchronous Objects, for One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe. He has held short-term research positions in a variety of contexts including Kings College Cambridge (2005) and serves on the editorial boards of Performance Research and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. He has published widely and is frequently invited to speak at events internationally. deLahunta has sat on various awarding juries including Arts Council England, NESTA and Prix Ars Electronica. He has taught for different education institutions in the past including the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1994-2006) based at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he also co-developed the Amsterdam Master of Choreography program. deLahunta's PhD (2010) from Plymouth University is on-line at: http://www.sdela.dds.nl.
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Senior Research Fellow