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Dancing Bodies in Coventry Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Dancing Bodies in Coventry is a Coventry City of Culture 2021 funded project that is being led by researchers from Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). 


Reality Remix Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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 Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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 Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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. 


Kaleidoscope - The 1950s in Europe Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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. 


Culture Moves Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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 Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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. 


ÜberReste. Strategien des Bleibens in den darstellenden Künsten (On Remnants and Vestiges. Strategies of Remaining in the Performing Arts) Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The project investigates the challenges inherent in remaining and preserving in the fields of dance, music theatre and performance that otherwise operate under the primacy of presence. 


REACH

Centre for Dance Research

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). 


Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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. 


Performing Empowerment Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

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. 


Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change aims to advance knowledge within the professional dance sector and audiences about the working lives of dancers with disabilities. 


Capturing Stillness: Visualisations of Dance Through Motion Capture Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The Capturing Stillness project places a microscope on the dance practice Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), in combination with motion capture and game engine technologies.


Somatic Performance Practices: Sandra Reeve and Ecological Movement Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Developing a UK case study on somatic practices in performance, whilst drawing out information on ‘context’ as an aspect of somatic practices in performance.


WhoLoDance: Whole-Body Interaction Learning for Dance Education Current Projects

Centre for Dance Research

By applying Multimodal Sensing and Capturing Analysis, WhoLoDance will make use of advanced motion capture technologies as well as of EMG, bio-sensors, video, audio and accelerometers, to transfer dance movements into digital data in such a way that makes it possible to blend any specific motion element with any other motion element within the motion capture database.


Error Network Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The overall objective is to set up a Research Network that will hold two workshop/laboratories and a symposium to identify important research questions concerning how dance research and human-computer interaction (HCI) can inform each other through consideration of error, ambiguity and 'messiness' as methodological tools.


Motion Bank Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

The main focus of this project is the creation of online digital scores, to be made publicly available via the Motion Bank website.


LABO21 Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

Funded through the Culture 2007 programme, this project is a European platform for interdisciplinary research on artistic methodologies.


The Library of Processes Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

This project investigates the various ways in which artists document reflections and experiences of working within an artist venue.


Revisiting Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre Archives Completed Projects

Centre for Dance Research

This project revisits and develops sections from ‘Lunar Parables', choreographed by Sara and Jerry Pearson.


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