Institute of Dance, Drama and Performance Studies areas of expertise

Researchers in the institute have expertise in the following fields:

  • Early 20th century dance history
  • Theatre history
  • Contemporary dance, performance and improvisational practices
  • Dance of the African diaspora
  • Dance and pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Drama pedagogy
  • Intermedial performance
  • Applied storytelling
  • Performance and modernity
  • Live art
  • Popular performance histories and practice
  • Contemporary performance pedagogy
  • Transformations of practice (indicative areas include performance, technology, collaboration, audience participation, immersive practices etc)
  • Performance philosophy
  • Gender, sexuality and performance
  • Performer training, directing and writing for performance
  • Radio drama
  • Music and performance

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance 

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID) brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers with an interest in dance to explore its many facets.

Research into dance at DMU characteristically offers a range of perspectives and approaches to the exploration of dance. It embraces diversity and connects research from different research centres, areas and disciplines. This is what makes dance research at DMU distinctive.

Colleagues contributing to this interdisciplinary centre include researchers in dance history, dance of the African diaspora, dance pedagogy, practice as research, professional practice, improvisation, collaborative practice, dance and music, dance and new media, archives, adaptations, modernism studies, performance research and performance philosophy.

Drama Research Group

Scholarly, practice-based and impact-focused investigations across live art, contemporary performance and theatre, interdisciplinary performance, applied performance and theatre history, brings together dynamic researchers from across the Drama and Performing Art teams. These investigations are further fuelled by international collaboration and interaction, social engagement, industry connections and development of our next generation of researchers. It welcomes further collaboration and potential research students to join a vibrant PhD community.

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