Mr Pete Shenton

Job: Senior Lecturer Dance and Performing Arts

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Dance

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8174

E: pshenton@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.newartclub.org

 

Personal profile

Links To Pete’s Work

Link to promo for Cupid’s Revenge 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxgOEOGovX4

Link to New Art Club performing at Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Australian National TV in 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE57Hf22aXU

Research group affiliations

  • CIRID

Key research outputs

Chapter in

BRAYSHAW, T. FENEMORE, A.  WITTS, N. (Eds.) (2019) 21st Century Performance Reader. Chapter 43. New Art Club: How We Set Out to Make a Piece About Controversial Works of Art and Ended Up Getting Naked and Talking About Our Bodies. Routledge. London

Recent live projects for New Art Club as Co-creator and Co-Director and for Unanima Theatre Company as Writer and Director.

2019 States of Independence by Unanima Theatre Company.  A Devised play created with and performed by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

2018 Cupid’s Revenge by New Art Club.   A small/middle scale touring dance theatre piece.

2018 I.D. by Unanima Theatre Company.   A Devised play created with and performed by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

2016 Camper Van of Love by New Art Club.   An outdoor touring dance theatre piece set in and around a VW Camper Van

2014 Hercules by New Art Club.  A middle scale touring dance theatre performance for a family audience.  Co-produced with Dance 4 and Nottingham Playhouse and toured in the UK.  

2013 Feel About Your Body by New Art Club.  A small scale touring comedy show performed at Edinburgh Comedy Festival and toured in the UK.

New Art Club’s Herculean Cabaret (2012) Large Scale professional and community dance project Commissioned by Dance 4

Come Dance With Me (2012) Internet TV series commissioned by Arts Council and BBC for the Space Website.   

Quiet Act of Destruction (2011)  UK and international tour including  Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London  

Big Bag of Boom (2010) UK and international tour including  Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

This is Now (2009)  UK tour including Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

Extra Ordinary World (2008) UK tour including Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre London

Research interests/expertise

  • Improvisation
  • Dance and comedy
  • Dance and the spoken word.

Areas of teaching

  • Performance 
  • Devising  in dance and dance theatre  
  • Movement, voice and text improvisation  
  • Contact improvisation  
  • Partner Work
  • Choreography  
  • Site specific Performance
  • Score Making

Qualifications

  • BA Hons Performing Arts: Dance (First Class) 

Courses taught

BA Dance
Module Leader for University Dance Company and Choreography for Live Performance
Contributor to Dance Techniques 1 and 2 and Choreography for Screen. 

BA Performing Arts
Module Leader for Site and Scoremaking
Contributor to Dramatic Performance, Post Dramatic Performance, Physical Theatre and Contemporary Music Theatre

Honours and awards

  • Winner Edinburgh Spotlight Award for Best Comedy, August, 2010, for Big Bag of Boom
  • Finalist Place Prize for Choreography, 2004, for Short Still Show
  • Winner Belgrade International Mime and Monodrama Festival Award for Best Show, 2003,  for This is Modern
  • Shortlisted Jerwood Award for Choreography, 2002

Forthcoming events

Pete is currently touring Cupid’s Revenge as well as developing new theatre and outdoor theatre projects with New Art Club.

Externally funded research grants information

As a solo artist and as part of New Art Club Pete has been in receipt of Arts Council Grants for the creation and touring of his work since 1996.   This includes a 3 year development grant running from 2007 until 2010.

His work has been commissioned by Dance 4, Dance East, Dance Exchange, Dance Umbrella, Dance Northwest, and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Professional esteem indicators

Pete is a member of the board of Dance 4

Pete was Curriculum advisor for Dance 4 Centre For Advanced Training (CAT) and is a regular contributor to the Dance 4 CAT programme.
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