Here we offer a sample of the publications in which our research team has taken part in.

Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices


Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices is an international refereed journal published twice a year by Intellect. It provides a space for scholars and practitioners whose research interests focus on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence that this body of practice exerts on the wider performing arts.


Body, Space, Object

Edited by Sarah Whatley, Imogen Racz, Katerina Paramana, Marie-Louise Crawley

TC-DaRE_Art_and_Dance_in_Dialogue.jpghis interdisciplinary book brings together essays that consider how the body enacts social and cultural rituals in relation to objects, spaces, and the everyday, and how these are questioned, explored, and problematised through, and translated into dance, art, and performance. The chapters are written by significant artists and scholars and consider practices from various locations, including Central and Western Europe, Mexico, and the United States. The authors build on dialogues between, for example, philosophy and museum studies, and memory studies and post-humanism, and engage with a wide range of theory from phenomenology to relational aesthetics to New Materialism. Thus this book represents a unique collection that together considers the continuum between everyday and cultural life, and how rituals and memories are inscribed onto our being. It will be of interest to scholars and practitioners, students and teachers, and particularly those who are curious about the intersections between arts disciplines. 

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A Multidisciplinary Reader

Editors Sita Popat and Sarah Whatley

This book offers a set of eleven discipline-specific chapters from across the arts, humanities, psychology, and medicine. Each contributor considers the creative potential of error and/or ambiguity, defining these terms in the particular context of that discipline and exploring their values and applications. Themes include error in choreography, poetry, media art, healthcare, psychology, critical typography and mixed reality performance. The book emerges from a core question of how dance research and HCI can inform each other through consideration of error, ambiguity and ‘messiness’ as methodological tools. The digital age had heralded the possibility that error could be eradicated by the logic of computers but several chapters focus on glitch in arts practices that exploit errors in computer programmes, or even create programmes specifically to produce errors. Together, the chapters explore how error can take us somewhere different or somewhere new, to develop a new, more interesting way of working.

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On An/Notations

Issue editors: Scott deLahunta, Kim Vincs and Sarah Whatley

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2015) 20:6

On An/notations considers the potential of the surface of the page, alongside other surfaces, including the screen, as sites for engaging with and thinking through performance ideas and processes. An annotation at its simplest level is adding information to information using some kind of mark-up language or tools. Annotation of body-based practice documentation (for example, video or motion capture) is research done on research, adding semantic layers and drawing further insights out of recorded (mainly past) events and actions. This issue will seek to engage projects using a wide range of approaches alongside critical reflection to draw out and make explicit research and insights from within the entanglement of sensing, feeling and thinking that is the body-based practitioner's research field.

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Editors Ann R. David, Michael Huxley and Sarah Whatley

Dance Fields cover.pngIn 2017 the dance research community gathered in London for the first major international conference on dance studies in the UK for twenty years.
Emerging out of that conference, this volume marks the significant ‘moment in time’ in the history and development of Dance Studies as an academic discipline.
The 2017 conference was co-convened by three leading centres for Dance Studies in the UK at the Universities of Coventry, De Montfort and Roehampton, and the collection edited by three academics from those respective universities.
The book will appeal to the Dance Studies community, including students at undergraduate, post-graduate taught and research level, educators at further and higher education level, and researchers.

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Editors: Carla Vendramin, Hetty Blades, Kate Marsh and Sarah Whatley

UFRGS, 2019

Exchanging, moving, translating: thoughts on dance and disability presents actions, experiences and reflections about dance and disability held in Brazil and in the United Kingdom, related to projects developed in universities in an intrinsic relationship with communities and artists. All articles are available in Portuguese and English, allowing the circulation of intellectual production in this field, expanding exchanges between the two countries and stimulating other initiatives. Likewise, the e-book format with free access helps it to be shared widely. The publication results from joint work led by Carla Vendramin (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Diversos Corpos Danc̀§antes, Brazil), Hetty Blades, Kate Marsh and Sarah Whatley (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK) and funded by the British Council Exchange Programme.

The full ebook is available to download.

Except as otherwise stated this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Editors: Hetty Blades and Emma Meehan

Intellect Ltd © 2018 (October)

Increasingly, choreographic process is examined, shared, and discussed in a variety of academic, artistic and performative contexts. More than ever before, post-show discussions, artistic blogs, books, archives and seminars provide opportunities for choreographers to explain their particular methodologies. Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice provides a unique theoretical investigation of this current trend. The chapters in this collection examine the methods, politics and philosophy of sharing choreographic process, aiming to uncover theoretical repercussions of and the implications for forms of knowledge, the appreciation of dance, education and artistic practices.


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Editors: Aoife McGrath and Emma Meehan 

© 2018

dancematters.jpgThis book addresses the need for critical scholarship about contemporary dance practices in Ireland. Bringing together key voices from a new wave of scholarship to examine recent practice and research in the field of contemporary dance, it examines the excitingly diverse range of choreographers and works that are transforming Ireland’s performance landscape. The first section provides a chronologically-ordered collection of critical essays to ground the reader in some of the most important issues currently at play in contemporary dance in Ireland. The second section then provides an interrogation of individual choreographers’ processes. The book traces new choreographic work and trends through a broad array of topics, including somatics in performance, screendance, cultural trauma, dance archives, affect studies, feminist perspectives, choreographic process, the dancer’s voice, interdisciplinarity, and pedagogical paradigms.


Some Things About Dance is a digital book. It is a collection of playful ideas or things about the art of dance. Each brief chapter is self-contained, and covers a range of topics to do with things like collaboration, creativity, communication and practice. The book is primarily written for people interested in dance as an art form – dancers, teachers, choreographers, audiences – but will also appeal to creatives and managers who are seeking surprising or alternative ways to be inspired or challenged.

Some Things About Dance is available for download via Leanpub.

The book is Pay What You Want, and 80% of any profits will be given to Chisenhale Dance Space in London. The remaining 20% will go to choreographer and artist Hamish MacPherson for his work on the book's illustrations.

Text: Simon Ellis
Illustrations: Hamish MacPherson

You can also listen to an interview with Simon and Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about the book amongst other things.


Editors: Simon Ellis, Hetty Blades and Charlotte Waelde

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

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Editors: Susanne Foellmer, Margreth Lünenborg and Christoph Raetzsch

Routledge 2018

Quotidian digital media have fundamentally transformed the ways in which public protest isarticulated today. Think of movements like Occupy and the Arab Spring, the protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul and the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Protest is nowadays voiced on the street and online at the same time. In these performative acts, we discern calls for community and perceive individual acts of articulation. The volume addresses such developments in an interdisciplinary collaboration between media and communication studies, and theatre, dance and performance studies. 

The volume presents international case studies on the new dynamics of protest, articulation and community along with two programmatic articles on the role and legacies of performativity in the affiliated disciplines. The case studies cover a wide cultural and geographical terrain - from Mexico to Japan, from Germany to Greece. A core interest is to develop the notion of media practice theoretically and employ it analytically to these divergent settings. On the basis of performative and practice-theoretical approaches the contributors show the specific local embeddedness of new forms of publicness that emerge in protest movements. They achieve to differentiate how technological change is necessarily embedded in these conditions but need not be a principal force. The volume thus covers a broad range of performative experiments, historical case studies and new forms of collective articulation.

The volume makes an important contribution to debates about technological globalisation and political change, about media usage and potentials of political emancipation. In an interdisciplinary dialogue of media and communication studies with theater and dance studies, the contributions highlight the versatility of performativity and media practice as an analytic approach.

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Editors Sarah Whatley, Charlotte Waelde, Shawn Harmon, Abbe Brown, Karen Wood, and Hetty Blades

Intellect Ltd © 2018

This collection is the first book to focus on the intersection of dance, disability, and the law. Bringing together a range of writers from different disciplines, it considers the question of how we value, validate, and speak about diversity in performance practice, with a specific focus on the experience of differently-abled dance artists within the changing world of the arts in the United Kingdom. Contributors address the legal frameworks that support or inhibit the work of disabled dancers and explore factors that affect their full participation, including those related to policy, arts funding, dance criticism, and audience reception. Read more information on where to get the Dance, Disability and Law book.

Find out about the Invisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law Project


Editors: Sarah Whatley, Rosamaria K. Cisneros, Amalia Sabiescu

This book explores the interplay between performing arts, intangible cultural heritage anddigital environments through a compendium of essays on emerging practices and case studies,as well as critical, historical and theoretical perspectives. It features essays that engage withvaried forms of intangible cultural heritage, from music and storytelling to dance, theatre andmartial arts. Cases of digital technology interventions are provided from different geographicaland cultural settings, from Europe to Asia and the Americas. Together, the collection reflects onthe implications that digital interventions have on intangible cultural heritage engagements, itscuration and transmission in diverse localities. The volume is a valuable resource fordiscovering the multiple ways in which cultural heritage is mediated through digitaltechnologies, and engages with audiences, artists, users and researchers.

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Issue editors: Susanne Foellmer & Richard Gough

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2017) 22:8

This issue asks about the consequences and specific modalities of leftovers in the performing and visual arts as well as in broader cultural and social contexts: What is the status of leftovers when, for example, beingon display or being distributed otherwise after a performance? To what extent do they ‘help’ or rather ‘betray’ the attempts to write performing art’s history? What kind of impact does the integration of debris as art’s material have on the conception and reception of the artwork as such? And in what ways does a certain performative quality apply when it comes to the arrangement of leftovers other than working with ‘unused’ and ‘fresh’ material? What about the politicality of integrating leftovers into ‘newly’ done work? And how does the value of leftovers change when reintegrated into the consumer’s society? Those reflections also imply more general questions about the cultural status and value of leftovers in the social and political realm.

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Editors: Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, Néill O’Dwyer

Palgrave Macmillan 2015

The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology challenges perceived notions of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ in a collection of fascinating essays.It explores the ubiquity of technology in both academia and professional practice, emphasising the experience of body/ technology encounters.’ – Sita Popat, University of Leeds, UK.

The book launch was held on in the Neill /Hoey Lecture Theatre at The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at 6pm on Thursday 29 October, 2015. Special guest speaker Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (Dean of GradCAM) introduced the book.





journal of screendanceThe International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of screendance. It is the first-ever journal dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice. IJSD draws on the fields of dance, performance, visual art, cinema, and media arts, including their practices, technologies, theories and philosophies. It provides a platform to debate questions about inter-disciplinarity, artistic agency, curation, film and dance in popular culture, and experimental filmmaking and mediated artistic practices.

Image attached is courtesy of Cobie Orger.

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Editor: Amanda Williamson

Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities is interested in publishing works concerned with the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement, and contributions are invited from across disciplines. Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in Western dance practices. In contrast, this journal provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research to disseminate their ideas and findings.

The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores spirituality and movement from different inter-disciplinary perspectives offering a broad stage for academic discussion and innovation. Recognizing the plurality and diversity of spiritual experience, the journal invites contributions from a vast panorama of the world’s sacred dance traditions to topics such as secular, New Age and postmodern spiritualities. Articles may range from performance praxis and analysis, composition and aesthetics, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, community practice and holistic pedagogies. The journal seeks to embrace diversity of experienced and felt spiritualities and discussion of methodologies suited to discovering more about dance and spirituality are most welcomed, as well as innovative methods for recording, digesting and articulating the experiences of spirituality.

For more information, please see the The Journal for Dance, Movement and Spiritualities.

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