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.
A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance.*A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance* is an e-book exploring contemporary ideas and themes in the research and practice of dance. It contains 23 chapters written by researchers at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, and is divided into six sections: Spaces of Practice, Philosophy, Communities, Politics, Data and Thinking, and Epistemology.
Digital Echoes Symposium 2018 - Reflections Off the Future
As an acoustic phenomenon, an echo is a reflection of sound off a surface. The time it takes to reach this surface and return is proportional to the distance between the sound source and the surface. Digital Echoes began in 2011 engaging with reflections off the surfaces of the past, in the form of artistic responses to two digital dance archives. For Digital Echoes 2018, we invited contributions that reflect off the surfaces of the future. As the question “Where are we now?” was the starting point for the Dance Fields symposium at Roehampton in April 2017, we propose for Digital Echoes 2018 to ask, “Where are we going?”
Therefore, for Digital Echoes 2018 we asked people to let their imaginations run free, to dream up how this future echo might appear. We made this proposal in the wake of the publicity surrounding Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015) and inspired by the concept of Future Studies, an interdisciplinary field not without its controversies (is it or is it not a field?). What interests us is the possibility of a certain rigor: the study and analysis of patterns of the past and present to explore “sustainable futures”. In 2018, we are also going against the historical digital grain of the symposium and encouraging contributions from a broader range of perspectives whether they consider themselves to be analogue, beyond- or Post-digital.