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.
The 'Reality Remix' project brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts - a fashion designer, artists, researchers, an interactive designer, a software engineer, computer scientist, and a choreographer to address challenges and opportunities that emergent technologies bring to content creation and interaction methods in Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Social Choreography network
What does social choreography mean today, and to what extent can this field provide new frameworks to help address the issue of cultural stereotyping of refugees?Violent military conflict, environmental crises, breakdown of social, racial or ethnic integration, are some of the many reasons why millions of peoples are being displaced across the world. Immigration is regarded today as arguably one of the most pressing political issues by voters and the wider public, and not only in a post-Brexit UK. Whilst the problem of forced migration is typically addressed from within the social sciences (e.g. migration and diaspora studies, sociology, political science, or development studies), little is known about the way in which the movement arts and bodily perspectives are responding to such crises. The gap in knowledge that the network is aiming to address concerns a lack of understanding of embodied socio-choreographic practice at a regional and cross-national level.
Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology
This network brings together experts from dance and somatic practices, health and digital design to explore the living, sensate and subjectively experienced body in context as a means of understanding chronic pain and self-care strategies.
Fifties in Europe – Kaleidoscope
The project aims at leveraging photographic content in Europeana depicting the 1950s in Europe, connecting today’s citizens with the post-war generation whose dreams of a better life led to the establishment of the European Union. Kaleidoscope wants to increase engagement with Europeana content, by heightening user interaction through crowdsourcing and co-curation.
CultureMoves is a user-oriented project that aims to develop a series of digital tools and services that will enable new forms of touristic engagement and educational resources by leveraging the re-use of Europeana content. The project stands on 3 pillars: technology for content re-use adaptation and sharing, real-life use cases for tourism and education, intangible cultural heritage and more specifically dance.