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Karen Wood


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    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.



    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

    Award Date: 26 Sep 2012


    Award Date: 10 Jun 2007

    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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