The Performance Research Group at DMU has a long-standing commitment to research and an international reputation for research excellence. Our practice-based research spans all areas of performance – dance, drama, performance art, digital technology, media, music and cultural studies – and also crosses boundaries through multidisciplinary approaches to performance.
In dance, our research themes include dance historiography, ethnography and the practice and theory of radical dance practice, while in drama we focus on contemporary performance, Renaissance theatre, gender and performance and popular theatre traditions. Our intermedial research seeks to fuse old and new media and transform practice to create new and exciting modes of performance which engage with and articulate emerging theory.
We host national and international conferences and symposia, including the annual series Playing for Laughs, and regular research seminars/workshops.
Bringing together the full spectrum of fine art practices, the Fine Art and Photography Research Group has built an international standing through a constant stream of exhibitions, residencies, curatorial projects and publications. Spanning painting, installation, sculpture, fine art, photography, video and digital media, drawing, sonics, performance, printmaking and curation, our research also embraces new technologies, creating cutting-edge sonic installations, spatial environments for sound and vision, and contemporary sculpture using rapid prototyping.
We work collaboratively on a number of themes, including the nature of both pleasure and perceptual experience, and our research in applied art embraces traditional and advanced new technologies in the creation of domestic, industrial and gallery works.
Researchers are internationally active, participating in exhibitions in Rotterdam, London and Tokyo, as well as taking up international residencies/fellowships in Australia, Japan, the USA, UK and Rome in recent years.
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Image credit: FAR (Flora), 2006, by Annie Cattrell