New issue of Mōtiō, celebrates Postgraduate Dance Research and coincides with new MA programmes

This week the Department of Dance publishes the second issue of its annual peer-reviewed publication Mōtiō: Postgraduate Journal for Dance Practice and Research, which features new research by emergent researchers and practitioners of dance.

Posted: 16 May 2016

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Front cover of the latest issue of Mōtiō: Postgraduate journal for dance practice and research 
Initiated by three MA Dance alumni in 2014, Mōtiō provides an outlet for Master’s and PhD researchers to showcase their work. The 2016 issue, edited by Chris Jones and Hakan Redjep, contains articles which examine the ballet Checkmate (de Valois, 1937) from a feminist perspective, the ‘cultural logics’ of a Latin student dance company in the U.S.A., traditional Ghanaian performances in museum settings, and research in giftedness and talent within contemporary dance.

The authors are current or alumni master’s students from Roehampton, other universities, and the Choreomundus International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage course. In addition, two photographers, also alumni of Roehampton Dance, have contributed photo essays in which they discuss the creative aspects of their practice when working with dancers.

To coincide with the publication of the 2016 issue, the Mōtiō website has been redesigned and enlivened by the winning entries of a photo competition which was open to Roehampton postgraduates only. The images were either taken by them or depict their choreographic work.

Ann David, Head of Dance Department said: “I am so proud of the outstanding work that has gone into creating Mōtiō and of our postgraduate research. The new issue coincides with the establishment of our new Masters programmes which celebrates inclusivity and convergence between dance practices, genres and disciplines. They articulate a new conceptualisation of Dance Studies for the 21st century and offer exciting potential for launching, or furthering students' careers in dance.”

The name of the publication comes from the Latin word for ‘motion’ or ‘movement’. This open-access journal accepts submissions from master’s and PhD students worldwide and draws on experts from the UK and abroad in its peer review process.

The new issue of the journal can be viewed here: http://motiojournal.org/

Rated number one for dance research in the UK (REF 2014), the Department of Dance has launched a new comprehensive master’s portfolio that includes MAs in Dance Anthropology, Dance Philosophy and History, Dance Politics and Sociology, MFA in Choreography, MRes Choreography and Performance, and the Choreomundus International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Previous MA graduates have moved onto careers as dance writers or critics, community dance practitioners, choreographers, independent artists and teachers.

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