Performance Research Group Overview

The Performance Research Group is dedicated to high quality research across a broad range of practice and ideas within Performance. Dance researchers have been producing quality research for two decades. Its standards of international excellence were recognised by RAE 2008 for choreography while research in "innovative performance practices of the 20th and 21st centuries and socio-historical/ethnographic research into popular culture” was identified as world leading. Research within Drama and Theatre studies include contemporary performance, Renaissance theatre, gender and performance and popular performance histories. Cultural Studies include festivals and cultural events management, cultural policy, cultural diversity and social impact and cultural analysis. Whilst Intermediality and Performance researchers articulate the emerging theory of media fusions in order to create novel solutions and transformational relationships for performance practitioners and research.

The Performance Research Group at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership from UK and EU students. Members of the group and their research interests are listed below:

Drama and Theatre Studies

Dr. Roger Apfelbaum
Shakespeare in contemporary performance
Editing Shakespeare
Shakespeare in Performance as pedagogy.

Dr. Alissa Clarke
Contemporary body-based performance practice
Psychophysical performance and performer training
The performer’s body
Feminist and gender theory and performance practice
Actor training, performative personae, female stars and classical Hollywood cinema
Documentation of performance.

Dr. Tracy Cruickshank
Contemporary drama
Stylistics and drama; space, place and performance.

Dr. Roger Clegg
Popular theatre and performance
Early modern english performance;
Carnival and Subversive Performance; Political Theatre; Twentieth Century European drama.

Dr. Simon Featherstone
Postcolonial studies
Englishness; national identities; popular cultures; music hall; minstrelsy; popular theatre; folk-song; war poetry; cricket; storytelling.

Helena Goldwater
Intimacy and transgression, viscerality, corporeality, sexuality in performance. Uncertainty of the live moment
Audience/performer relationship in themaking/performing of performance
Hybridity, the ’alien’/ ‘other’.

Kelly Jordan
Live Art and Contemporary Theatre. 

Dr. Jozefina Komporaly
Translation and adaptation for the stage;
Dramaturgy; 19th, 20th century and contemporary British and European theatre; Trans-national and trans-cultural theatre and performance
Directors’ theatre and trends in contemporary performance practice
Women’s writing; maternal representation in culture; archives and cultural memory.

Dr. Elinor Parsons
Renaissance drama in performance; musical and danced adaptations of Shakespeare.

Mark Crossley
Intermediality and performance; media, performance and pedagogy.

Music/ Drama and Theatre Studies
Dr. Craig Vear
Music and performing arts; composition; intermediality and hypermediality
Experimental music
Human-computer Interaction.

Professor Ramsay Burt
Early 20th century dance history
Late 20th century and early 21st century contemporary dance, innovative performance and improvisational dance practices
Dance of the African diaspora

Sally Doughty
Improvisational dance practices in process and performance;
Late 20th century and early 21st century contemporary dance; Innovative performance making.

Kerry Franksen 
Performance and digital practices,
The moving body on screen, innovative choreographic practices, philosophy, embodiment, collaborative devising.

Michael Huxley
Early 20th century modern dance history
Dance and pedagogy in Higher Education.

Dr. Martin Leach
Performance and Philosophy;
Tadeusz Kantor; Alexander technique.

Jayne Stevens
Dance and pedagogy in Higher Education
Community dance.

Cultural Studies (Policy, Arts Management, and Creative Industries)

Jennie Jordan
Cultural policy; festival policy
cultural value and analysis
leadership and organisational behaviour.

Jacqui Norton
Music industry management and policy; longitudinal tracking of social impacts arising from cultural interventions; intellectual properly and the creative industries.

Tony Graves
Cultural strategy
Cultural policy.

To find out more about Performance Research click here and here to make an application.

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