Dance Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), located within De Montfort University’s Institute of Dance, Drama and Performance Studies, brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers with an interest in dance to explore its many facets.

A distinctive feature of Dance research at De Montfort University is that it characteristically offers a range of perspectives and approaches to the exploration of dance. Our research embraces diversity and connects research from different research centres, areas and disciplines, including, for example, DMU’s Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT). Our work and specialisms in this interdisciplinary centre include research and researchers in dance history and historiography, dance of the African diaspora, dance pedagogy, the practice and theory of radical dance, practice as research, contemporary dance performance and improvisational practice, collaborative practice, dance and music, dance and new media, archives, adaptations, modernism studies, performance research and performance philosophy.

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Key contacts for the Centre are listed below.

Professor Ramsay Burt –
Professor of Dance History, Director of the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Research Institute
Dance, gender, and sexuality, Dance history, aesthetics and ethics, contemporary European dance, Judson Dance Theatre, Black British-based dance artists

Sally Doughty –
Associate Professor of Dance, Reader in Dance and Improvisation, Head of Dance
Improvisation as performance, practice as research, contemporary choreography, reflective practice, documentation/articulation of the processes and practices of performance making and doing, pedagogic research

Dr ’Funmi Adewole –
Dance as a profession, practice as research, choreography and intentionality, choreographic fusion, the cultural industries in Africa, theorising the dance of Africa and the Diaspora as professional practice, Black British choreographers, African arts at Independence, African modernity, contemporary dance in Africa, interdisciplinary and cross-art practice, storytelling as performance, dance in intercultural and transnational contexts

Dr Martin Leach -
Philosophy and performance, drawing on the ideas of Tadeusz Kantor and F.M. Alexander in the context of Heideggerian and post-Heideggerian philosophy; application of Alexander Technique to performance problems

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