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20122019
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Personal profile

Vision Statement

My research inspiration is taken from my deep interest in what moves the body. I mean this from a practical perspective - the training principles of dancers, teaching dance techniques, somatic work - and a theoretical perspective considering embodiment and audiences experiences of dance. I am a keen advocate of working in the profession and bringing this experience into academia, crossing an invisible bridge, to better the student experience and develop the future dancers and leaders of our industry. Collaborating with other artists, institutions and academics is very important to me to gain further insight and new knowledge in the art form.

Biography

 

Karen is currently a dance practitioner/ researcher/ educator. She works at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, as a Research Associate and has worked on two large funded projects - AHRC Invisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law and EU Horizon 2020 Wholodance: Whole-Body Interaction for Dance Learning and Education. Karen’s research focusses on phenomenology, particularly perception and embodiment, digital technology, screendance and choreographic practice. Karen is passionate about working with artists to expand professional practice. She sees the value in artist-led initiatives and how they can create opportunity and encourage risk taking for dance making practices. Recently, her research explores using embodied research methods for understanding issues in post-conflict societies. 

Her work includes artistic research projects that have previously been supported by Arts Council England and involved collaborating with other art forms, such as neuroscience, fine art, lighting design and music. Her current project, the Stream Project, is a collaboration between dance, neuroscience and technology and has so far produced a series of works including a live performance, a dance film (shown at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance, Ireland) and an installation at FACT, Liverpool.

 

Area of Expertise:

Contemporary dance practice, embodied research methods, practice as research, choreography, dance film, dance science.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Manchester

1 Jul 200830 Jun 2012

MSc

External positions

Board Member, Vanhulle Dance Theatre

7 Jan 2019 → …

Editorial Board, Body, Space and Technology Journal

30 Nov 2018 → …

London School of Contemporary Dance

Sep 2018Aug 2022

External Examiner, University of Salford

Nov 2015Sep 2019

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Research Output 2012 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
27 Downloads (Pure)

Virtual Reality and Choreographic Practice: The Potential for New Creative Methods

Cisneros, R. E. K., Wood, K., Whatley, S., Buccoli, M., Zanoni, M. & Sarti, A., 12 Mar 2019, In : Body, Space and Technology. 18, 1, p. 1-32 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
virtual reality
dance
architect
artist
performance

WhoLoDancE: digital tools and the dance learning environment

Cisneros, R. E. K., Stamp, K., Whatley, S. & Wood, K., 2019, In : Research in Dance Education. 20, 1, p. 54-72 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dance
learning environment
education
neurosciences
experience

A new foundation: physical integrity, disabled dance and cultural heritage

Brown, A., Harmon, S., Marsh, K., Pavis, M., Waelde, C., Whatley, S. & Wood, K., 29 May 2018, Disability Dance and Law. Whatley, S., Waelde, C., Harmon, S., Brown, A., Wood, K. & Blades, H. (eds.). UK and USA: Intellect

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dance, Disability and Law: InVisible Difference

Whatley, S. (ed.), Waelde, C. (ed.), Wood, K. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.), Brown, A. (ed.) & Harmon, S. (ed.), 15 Jun 2018, Bristol: Intellect Press. 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Moving Towards a New Aesthetic: Dance and Disability

Wood, K., Whatley, S., Marsh, K. & Harmon, S., May 2018, Dance, Disability and Law: Invisible Difference. Whatley, S., Waelde, C., Harmon, S., Brown, A., Wood, K. & Blades, H. (eds.). 1 ed. Bristol: Intellect, p. 177-195 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2009 2018

  • 8 Participation in conference
  • 2 Public Engagement Event
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

WhoLoDancE Evaluation Event

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker), Karen Wood (Organising Committee)
8 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Wholodance Artist and researcher evaluation events

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Organising Committee), Karen Wood (Organising Committee), Sarah Whatley (Organising Committee)
3 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage

Karen Wood (Speaker), Sarah Whatley (Speaker), Charlotte Waelde (Speaker)
11 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Wholodance Artist and researcher evaluation events

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Organising Committee), Karen Wood (Organising Committee), Sarah Whatley (Organising Committee)
14 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

WhoLoDancE Evaluation Workshop

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Organising Committee), Karen Wood (Organising Committee)
27 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Prizes

InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Charlotte Waelde (Recipient), Karen Wood (Recipient), Shawn Harmon (Recipient) & Abbe Brown (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

dance
grant
disability
Law

Research Team of the Year

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Charlotte Waelde (Recipient), Karen Wood (Recipient), Kate Marsh (Recipient) & Hetty Blades (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University research