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Dance after Lockdown

Project Team

Simon Ellis

Rosa Cisneros 

Rowan McLelland


Coventry University, QR funding

Project overview

Dance and Lockdown is a small-scale qualitative study designed to generate richly detailed experiential data from two key layers of the dance industry’s ecology: artists and organisations. It seeks to find out how organisations and artists have adapted and innovated in response to pandemic conditions.

Project objectives 

The research aims to qualify and understand the attitudes of the people involved, the lessons learned, and the potential short and long-term creative and organisational impacts of the pandemic on the dance and performing arts sector.


  • Scholarly article
  • Animation-film summarising main outcomes
  • Public report
  • Public conversation
  • Public reflections

Image credit: Rachel Roberts. Choreographers and performers: Shannon Bott and Natalie Cursio in 'Recovery', (2014) Melbourne.

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023