Sarah Whatley

Professor, Director, Centre for Dance Research

20052019
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Research Interests

Dance analysis; Dance and disability; Dance and digital technologies, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Dance and somatic practices

Biography

 

Sarah Whatley is Director, Centre for Dance Research. Her research focuses on the interface between dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance. The AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust and the European Union fund her current research, which is broadly focused on the impact of digital technologies on tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She led the AHRC-funded Siobhan Davies digital archive project, RePlay, and has worked with Davies on other artist-led research projects. She is founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals.

Sarah supported the development of the Routledge Performance Archive in her role as Academic Consultant: Digital Environment. She was an assessor for the 2014 REF exercise (Panel D35) and is a Strategic Reviewer and member of the AHRC Peer Review College. She is also an Evaluator for the European Commission.

 

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by my deep interest in how dance artists document and publish their choreographic thinking in different modes, and how audiences become co-creators in art making practices. The collaborations that I have with researchers and artists, arts companies and organisations, both in the UK and overseas, are very important to me because it stimulates productive dialogues and leads to new insights about dance as a creative cultural practice.

Research Interests

Research Projects and Grants awarded

2017     Social Choreography – AHRC Network project (Co-I)

2016     Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change- AHRC (PI)

2016     Identity and Governance of Bodily Extensions: The Case of Prosthetics and Avatars – Wellcome Seed Award in Humanities and Social Science (partner)

2016     People Dancing: changing perceptions through inclusion and interventions – AHRC CDA (PI)

2015     Error Network: AHRC (Co-I)

2015     Whole-Body Interaction Learning for Dance Education (WhoLoDance); EU (partner)

2014     In the Dancer’s Mind; Creativity, Novelty and the Imagination; Leverhulme  (Co-I)

2014     Civic EpistemologiesDevelopment of a Roadmap for Citizen Researchers in the age of Digital Culture; FP7 Capacities Programme (partner)

2013     EuropeanaSpace; FP7   CIP-ICT-PSP-2013-7 (project lead)

2013     Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society (RICHES) FP7 Cooperation Theme 8 Socio-Economic Sciences & Humanities  SSH.2013.5.2-2 Transmitting and benefiting from cultural heritage in Europe (STREP) – (Researcher – Coventry leading).

2012     Enhancing Choreographic Objects (EChO); AHRC (Researcher)

2012     Labo21; European Commission – Culture Europe (partner)

2012     In-visible Difference: Dance, disability and law, AHRC (PI)

2011     The Library of Processes; Collaborative doctoral award, AHRC

2010     D-TRACES (Dance Teaching Resources and Collaborative Engagement Spaces):  JISC (PI) 

2010     Capturing Stillness; visualization techniques and motion capture:  AHRC Creative Fellowship – Ruth Gibson

2010     Digital Dance Archives: AHRC DEDEFI scheme  (Co-I)

2009     Screen Dance Network; AHRC (Co-I)

2009     Transformations; Cultural Olympiad; People Dancing (lead researcher)

2008     Choreographic Objects; traces and artefacts of physical intelligence; AHRC – Beyond Text (Co-I)

2007      Moving Matters; HEA PALATINE Development Award 

2007     Establishing movement standards and injury reduction for dancers; Leverhulme (Co-I) 

2006     CURVE- learning objects for dance; JISC (Work Package leader)

2006     Siobhan Davies Dance Online; AHRC (PI)

2005     Fracture; Dance and the Moving Image; Arts Council England (project lead)

2004     Body Realities: strategies for inclusion in dance in HE; Coventry University research fund (PI) 

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Research Output 2005 2019

Digital Dance

Whatley, S. & Blades, H., 21 Mar 2019, Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies. Dodds, S. (ed.). 1 ed. Bloomsbury, p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Transcending Boundaries: Improvisation and Disability in Dance

Whatley, S., 25 Apr 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance. Midgelow, V. (ed.). 1 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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., 16 Jan 2019, In : Research in Dance Education. p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dance
learning environment
education
neurosciences
experience

11 Million Reasons: Transmitting Inclusion in Dance

Whatley, S., 1 Jun 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Coventry: Centre for Dance Research, p. 163-184 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
Inclusion
Dance
Dancers
Viewer
Dancing

Activities 1992 2019

'Hybrid Practices: Methodologies, Histories, and Performance'

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Speaker), Marie-Louise Crawley (Speaker), Sarah Whatley (Speaker)
13 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

5th International Conference on Movement and Computing

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Organising Committee), Sarah Whatley (Organising Committee), Scott Delahunta (Organising Committee)
28 Jun 2018

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

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)
3 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

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

Prizes

Body Realities: strategies for inclusion in dance in HE

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

university research
dance
inclusion

Capturing stillness: visualisations of dance through motion capture technologies

Ruth Gibson (Recipient) & Sarah Whatley (Recipient), 18 May 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Virtual reality
Visualization
Computer games
Augmented reality
Mobile devices

Choreographic Objects; traces and artefacts of physical intelligence

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), James Leach (Recipient) & Scott Delahunta (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Artifact
Physical

Civic Epistemologies – Development of a Roadmap for Citizen Researchers in the age of Digital Culture

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Neil Forbes (Recipient) & Rosemary E. Kostic Cisneros (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

epistemology
citizen

CREATE

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Scott Delahunta (Recipient) & Daniel Bisig (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)