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Interdisciplinary Improvised Performance Project

Sally Doughty, Principal Lecturer in Dance in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities is one of four British dance artists commissioned by Dance4 National Dance Agency. She is researching the development of performance work for mid-scale venues and has challenged preconceptions of improvised dance performance by making work for larger theatres. With financial support from Arts Council England, Dance4 and De Montfort University (DMU), Sally has researched improvised interdisciplinary performance work using graphic and choreographic scores in collaboration with internationally recognised artists Pete Shenton, Professor Craig Vear and Audrey Riley (DMU) and James Woodrow. She has investigated how performance methodologies might offer meaningful shifts in the relationship between audience and performer. The performance titled Renaissance has been tested and previewed at Nottingham Playhouse and a national and international tour is in development.

Sally hosted the Dance Improvisation: The Estranged Cousin symposium at Attenborough Arts, University of Leicester that attracted international speakers, performers and delegates. She has received further Arts Council funding to pursue her research in collaboration with researchers from Leeds Beckett University. They will address notions of the dancing body as a 'living archive'.

Sally's interdisciplinary practice-as-research is supported by and contributes to DMU's new Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID) and Renaissance will be performed at the Centre's launch in September 2016.

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