Dances performing at Dance research centre.

About the Centre for Dance Research

The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) is located within the Institute for Creative Cultures. 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. Our research is both transdisciplinary and impactful. Our core research themes are:

  • dance documentation, dissemination and publication
  • cultural heritage and preservation
  • choreographic processes and somatic practices
  • dance digital and software studies
  • movement, computing and AI.
  • interdisclipinarity and interculturalism
  • inclusivity and collectivity with a focus on disability in dance
  • critical discourse and performance philosophy
  • alternative performance sites and virtual reality
  • intellectual property and human rights
  • bodies, health and well-being
  • practice research

Our funded research, often centred on our collaboration with partners across the cultural sector, ranges from major projects funded by Research Councils, the European Commission, the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, British Academy, British Council, to smaller seed funding by the HEA and artist-led projects funded by Arts Council England.

C-DaRE is also home to the international peer-reviewed Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and staff members are principal editors on other journals, including Choreographic Practices. Our publications include several sole and jointly authored books, book chapters, journal articles, films, exhibitions, and various live, digital and immersive performance outputs.

We are a team of international researchers, research professionals and a growing cohort of PhD candidates, researching a range of topics connected to our core themes. Find out more about the staff and researchers associated with C-Dare by visiting our PURE portal profile.

Prof. Sarah Whatley

Central to our research is the body and the body as a producer and container of knowledge. We ask questions about how we might better understand that knowledge, how we might capture it and the kinds of novel analogue and digital methods we can use to document this knowledge.

Professor Sarah Whatley, Executive Director

Find us

We are located in the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) building at the Coventry University Technology Park, Parkside.

Campus map of journey from Coventry train station to ICE building.

illustrated map showing journey from Coventry train station to ICE building.

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University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021