Professor Sarah Whatley
Professor of Dance
Sarah Whatley's research focuses on the interface between dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance. The AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Union fund her current research, which is broadly focused on the impact of digital technologies on tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She led the AHRC-funded Siobhan Davies digital archive project, RePlay, and has worked with Davies on other artist-led research projects. She is founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals.
Sarah supported the development of the Routledge Performance Archive in her role as Academic Consultant: Digital Environment. She was an assessor for the 2014 REF exercise (Panel D35) and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
- Whatley, S.. deLaHunta, S. Vincs, K. (2015) On An/Notations (editorial), Performance Research, 20: 6 – p. 1-2
- Whatley, S. (2015) ‘The digital archiving of the dance rehearsal process in Siobhan Davies RePlay; sharing hidden knowledge’ in Leclercq, N,’ Rossion, L. and Jones, A. (eds) SIBMAS; Brussels, Peter Lang.
- Whatley, S, Waelde, C., Harmon, S., (2015) ‘Being Visible: Dance, Disability and Difference’ in Stock, C. (Ed.) Contemporising the past: Envisaging the future, World Dance Alliance
- Whatley, S., Waelde, C., Brown, A., Harmon, S. (2015) ‘Validation and Virtuosity: Perspectives on Difference and Authorship/Control in Dance’: Choreographic Practices Vol.6.1.
- Whatley, S. Macfarlane, C. (2015) ‘Verging on the magical – Noh and contemporary dance meeting in dialogue’ in Watson, M. and Yamanaka, R. (Eds.) Expressions of the Invisible: a comparative study of noh and other theatrical traditions: Noh Research Studies; 3.
- Whatley, S., Alexander, K., Garrett Brown, N. (eds) (2015) Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World; Triarchy
- Whatley, S. (2015) ‘Motion Capture and The Dancer: Visuality, Temporality and the Dancing Image’ in S. Whatley, N. Garrett Brown and K. Alexander (eds) Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World; Triarchy
- Whatley, S. (2015) ‘Materiality, immateriality and the dancing body; the challenge of the inter in the preservation of intangible cultural heritage’ in Causey, M, Frieze, J. and E, Meehan (eds) Through the Virtual Toward the Real: The Performing Subject in the Spaces of Technology; Palgrave.
- Whatley, S., Atkinson, S. (2015) Editorial: ‘Digital Archives and Open Archival Practices’ in special issue of Convergence, The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 21: 1.
- Whatley, S., A. Williamson, G. Batson (eds) (2014); Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives Leading voices in the field; Intellect.
- Whatley, S., Lefebvre Sell, N. (2014) ‘Dancing and Flourishing: mindful meditation in dance making and performance’ with Naomi - in A. Williamson, G. Batson and S. Whatley (eds); Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives Leading voices in the field; Intellect.
- Whatley, S., Harmon, S., Waelde, C. (2014) ‘Disabled Dance: Grounding the Practice in the Law of ‘Cultural Heritage’’: European Journal of Current Legal Issues, Vol 20: 3.
- Whatley, S., Waelde, C., Pavis, M. (2014) ‘Let’s Dance but who owns it?’: European Intellectual Property Review Issue 4
- Whatley, S. (2014) ‘Digital Inscriptions and the Dancing Body; expanding territories through and with the archive’ Choreographic Practices; Vol. 5: 1.
- Whatley, S. (2014) ‘Does education include?’ Animated; Winter, 2014, Foundation for Community Dance.
- Whatley, S., Lefebvre Sell, N. (2013) 'Dancing and Flourishing: mindful meditation in dance making and performance'. In Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives Leading voices in the field. Ed. by Williamson, A., Batson, G., and Whatley, S. Intellect
- Whatley, S. (2013) 'Siobhan Davies RePlay; (re)visiting the digital archive'. International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media 9 (1), 83-98.
- Whatley, S. (2013) 'The challenge of the inter in the preservation of cultural heritage; the intangibility of the material and immaterial dancing body in performance'. ECLAP (e-library for performing arts), 'ECLAP'. Held 08-10 Apr 2013 in Porto, Portugal.
- Europeana Space: Funded by the EU, this project aims to increase and enhance the creative industries' use of Europeana (the European platform for cultural heritage) and other online collections of digital cultural content, by delivering a range of digitised resources to support their engagement.
- WhoLoDance: A Horizon 2020 project which will make use of advanced motion capture technologies, EMG, bio-sensors, video, audio and accelerometers to transfer dance movements into digital data for educational purposes.
- The Error Network: A multi disciplinary network, funded by the AHRC that explores questions concerning how dance research and human-computer interaction (HCI) can inform each other through consideration of error, ambiguity and 'messiness' as methodological tools.
- In the Dancer’s Mind: Funded by Leverhulme Trust and bringing together experts in dance and pschology, this project is a study into creativity in contemporary dance
- Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society (RICHES): An EU-funded research project about the change that digital technologies are bringing to our society, culture and heritage
- Civic Epistemologies: a project, funded by the EU, that investigates the participation of citizens in research on cultural heritage and humanities.
- Siobhan Davies RePlay: The UK/Europe’s first digital dance archive, funded by the AHRC, brings together the full choreographic output of this leading choreographer.
- InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law: This three-year AHRC-funded project brings together experts in dance and law to research the experience of disabled dance artists.
- Digital Dance Archives; cross-collection interactivity and enhanced user engagement with dance resources: This AHRC-funded project, in collaboration with University of Surrey and NRCD has built an online portal to several dance collections.
- Capturing Stillness; visualisation techniques and motion capture: AHRC Creative Fellow, Ruth Gibson, in residence researching the interface between Skinner Releasing Technique and Motion Capture technology.
- D-TRACES (Dance Teaching Resources and Collaborative Engagement Spaces): Funded by JISC, D-TRACES explored self-archiving through blogs to encourage reflection and online engagement amongst dance students.
- Choreographic Objects; traces and artefacts of physical intelligence: Funded by AHRC (Beyond Text), we explored the making and impact of digital objects on the artists and research teams.
- A Research Forum for Discourse and Publication on Screendance: This AHRC Network project brought together leading artists and scholars in the field of Screendance to establish a new discourse.