Our Centre for Dance Research critically interrogates dance practices, cultures and works, developing scholarly, practical and public understanding of dance and choreography in their myriad forms. As strong advocates for dance, we push the boundaries of thinking about and through its practice.
Our large team of active researchers offers unparalleled breadth of disciplinary perspectives. We open new avenues for research and challenge prevailing orthodoxies by bringing anthropological, historiographic, choreo-musical, philosophical, political, psychotherapeutic, dramaturgical and performance studies approaches into interdisciplinary dialogue with dance. Numerous links with prominent dance organisations and artists enhance this culture of exchange. The Centre’s international cohort of over thirty research students works on diverse projects united by their dance focus.
We have long been leaders in the field of dance research, through our seminars, conferences, performances, publications and engagement with organisations beyond the University, We are the most highly rated dance department in the UK, as evidenced in REF2014, with 94 % of our research judged world-leading or internationally significant.
Dancing National Ideologies: The Athens Festival in the Cold War
In her study of the Athens Festival (Greece) between 1956 and 1966, Dr Stacey Prickett is investigating how the American, British, and Soviet governments used their elite ballet companies as instruments of ‘soft power’ during the Cold War. Funded by the British Academy, Dr Prickett is undertaking archival research and oral history interviews to establish interrelationships between funding, political rhetoric and artistic imperatives, and to analyse the ballets' reception by Athenian audiences.
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