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 upcoming three-year REACH project will establish a Social Platform as a sustainable space for meeting, discussion and collaboration by a wide-ranging network of development bodies, tourism, education, creative industries, policy-makers, cultural heritage professionals, academic experts, arts practitioners, professionals in archives and galleries, and associations, local societies and interest groups representative of non-professionals– all those with a stake in research and practice in the field of culture and cultural heritage (CH).
Research with a Twist
Since ethnography’s somatic or affective turn, a researcher’s physical sensations are understood to contribute to insights into people and cultures. However, there are no adequate courses that teach students how to be in their bodies and utilise their body as research instrument. This project translates insights from somatics to scholarly research, and explores the contribution and benefits that can come from such integration.
Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place
The overall purpose of the research is to model a usable practice-based template for sensing the city, drawing on the city of Coventry (UK) as a case-study in the first instance. The template will offer a range of methodologies towards, first, engaging constructively and productively with urban sites using the sensate presence of the human body as the primary means of gathering data and, second, processing and presenting that data in innovative ways within a critical framework that assesses the city's habitability and sustainability.
This project examines an innovative way of empowering persons with conflict-related disabilities in Sri Lanka through a combination of dance and law that was pioneered and piloted by VisAbility, a German association, in mid-2015.