Karen Wood


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    Vision Statement


    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.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Kinesthetic Empathy and Sceendance Audiences, University of Manchester

    1 Jul 200830 Jun 2012

    Award Date: 26 Sept 2012

    MSc, Dance Science

    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

    Sept 2018Aug 2022

    External Examiner, University of Salford

    Nov 2015Sept 2019


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