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.
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.
The Roles of IP and Diversity in the Creative Industries
The objective is to inform policy-making in both South Africa and the UK in relation to IP and diversity strategies for the micro creative industries and international trade. It is also to create strong and lasting conversations among academic researchers, creative industry participants, policy-makers and practitioners across South Africa and the UK; and to foster new academic links between South Africa and the UK through which new research proposals can emerge. This project, and subsequent ones arising out of network activities will also help to strengthen understanding of, and adoption of good practice around IP and diversity by arts and cultural practitioners, thus ensuring greater sustainability for this sector.
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.