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New appointments in the Department of Dance

 The University of Roehampton is delighted to announce that Professors Theresa Buckland and Emilyn Claid, and Dr Efrosini Protopapa will join its Department of Dance in June.

Posted: 21 May 2013

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Professors Emilyn Claid and Theresa Buckland (not shown), and Dr Efrosini Protopapa will join the University in June 2013.

The University of Roehampton has recruited three new academics to join its internationally renowned Department of Dance. Professors Theresa Buckland and Emilyn Claid, and Dr Efrosini Protopapa will join the department in June, cementing its position as one of the world's leading centres for dance.

Theresa Buckland joins as Professor of Dance History and Ethnography. Theresa investigates dance as a socio-cultural and historical practice and is particularly interested in how people experience, practise and talk about popular and social dancing in the United Kingdom. Her most recently published work is Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies in England 1870-1920 and she is currently researching popular dance in the contexts of stage, street and ballroom in the nineteenth century. Theresa joins us from De Montfort University where she was Professor of Performing Arts.

As a performer, choreographer, writer, director and teacher, Emilyn Claid has had a distinguished career in which she has worked on choreographic projects across the globe, spanning Beijing, Berlin and Beirut. She was a co-founder of X6 Dance Space in London and editor of New Dance Magazine and then worked as artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre before moving into academia. She is also trained as a Gestalt/existential psychotherapist, learning skills which she has integrated into her choreographic practice-based research. Emilyn has come to Roehampton from Falmouth University and will be Professor of Choreographic Practice.

Senior Lecturer, Dr Efrosini Protopapa returns to Roehampton having completed her PhD at the University in 2009. She is a choreographer, writer and teacher, who has presented work in the UK, and across Europe. Her main areas of interest include experimental performance practices, dance dramaturgy and contemporary European choreography; performance and philosophy; concepts of contemporaneity, thought, interruption and negotiation; conceptual art, dance in the museum, scores and game-structures in/as performance.

Commenting on the new members of the Department, the recently appointed Head of Dance, Dr Ann R. David said “This is fantastic news for the Department of Dance and for the University of Roehampton as a whole. We are delighted to have Theresa, Emilyn and Efrosini join us as they are widely respected members of the dance community. I am sure they will all make a huge contribution both to our world-leading research and to the quality and breadth of the academic experience of our students.”

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