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My research inspiration is taken from my deep interest in the acquisition of knowledges in and with the body. Interdiscplinary research and working collaboratively and collectively are values in my practice. I am curious about artistic practices, how these are supported and other discplines that overlap. I am a keen advocate of working in the profession and bringing this experience into academia to understand and share the experience and support the future dancers and leaders of our industry.
Karen is currently a dance practitioner/ researcher/ educator. She works at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University, as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Birmingham Dance Network. Her current research interests are exploring concepts of collaboration, ethics of care and responsibility, collective identities and leadership in relation to freelance communities and cultural policy. She is a Board member for Wired Aerial Theatre and Chair of the Board for Vanhulle Dance Theatre.
For her artistic research, Karen uses the lens of phenomenology, particularly perception and embodiment, and improvisation to explore digital technology, screendance and contemporary dance and tap dance practices. 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. 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.
Area of Expertise:
Freelance working conditions, collaboration, ethics, contemporary dance and tap dance practices, embodied research methods, practice research, dance film, dance science.
Doctorate, Kinesthetic Empathy and Sceendance Audiences, University of Manchester
1 Jul 2008 → 30 Jun 2012
Award Date: 26 Sept 2012
MSc, Dance Science
Award Date: 10 Jun 2007
Board Member, Vanhulle Dance Theatre
7 Jan 2019 → …
Editorial Board, Body, Space and Technology Journal
30 Nov 2018 → …
London School of Contemporary Dance
Sept 2018 → Aug 2022
External Examiner, University of Salford
Nov 2015 → Sept 2019
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9/05/22 → 30/11/22
Wood, K. & Laws, H., Feb 2023, 5 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other report
Wood, K., 4 Aug 2023, Coventry University. 24 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile31 Downloads (Pure)
Petts, L., Artpradid, V., Hayward-Smith, L., Johnson, P. & Wood, K., 1 Aug 2022, In: Riffs. 6, 1, p. 27-43 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
UK Dance Graduates and Preparation for Freelance Working: The contribution of artist-led collectives and dance agencies to the dance ecologyWood, K., 2 Oct 2021, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 12, 4, p. 600-611 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Wood, K. & Pavis, M., 14 Jul 2020, Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration. Blain, M. & Minors, H. J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 165-184 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
11 Sept 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
14 Nov 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Public Engagement Event