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Biography

Dr. Scott deLahunta has worked as a writer, researcher and organiser on a range of international projects bringing performing arts with a focus on choreography into conjunction with other disciplines and practices. He is currently a full-time Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (UK) and Visiting Academic with Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University (AUS) and Co-Director (with Florian Jenett) of the Motion Bank Institute, the second phase of Motion Bank - a research project of The Forsythe Company - which he directed from 2010-2014. He was an Associate Research Fellow with Dartington College of Arts (UK) from 2000-2009 during which time he began a long-term research into creative processes in dance with Wayne McGregor. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Director for R-Research the interdisciplinary research department for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. From 2006-2010, deLahunta was Research Fellow with the Art Theory and Research and Art Practice and Development Research Group, Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he worked closely with the dance company Emio Greco | PC, a project which culminated with the two year research project (2008-2010) Inside Movement Knowledge. During this period, he also served as an advisor on the Siobhan Davies Digital Dance Archive project and Synchronous Objects, for One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe. He has held short-term research positions in a variety of contexts including Kings College Cambridge (2005) and serves on the editorial boards of Performance Research and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. He has published widely and is frequently invited to speak at events internationally. deLahunta has sat on various awarding juries including Arts Council England, NESTA and Prix Ars Electronica. He has taught for different education institutions in the past including the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1994-2006) based at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he also co-developed the Amsterdam Master of Choreography program. deLahunta's PhD (2010) from Plymouth University is on-line at: http://www.sdela.dds.nl.

Vision Statement

My REF research is a continuation of practice-led interdisciplinary collaborative artistic research into deepening understanding of creative process in the field of contemporary dance. Over the last decade, this has included an engagement with a number of artist-initiated research projects working to develop resources published in different formats (from books to websites) with the goal to further understanding of choreographic ideas and processes. Our aim is to foster newly productive relations with both general audiences and other specialist practices and to contribute to an emergent unique body of knowledge pertaining to contemporary dance.

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Research Output 2008 2016

  • 17 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 17 Chapter
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Performance

Artworks-spawning-artworks: trans-disciplinary approaches to artistic spin-offs and evolution in the dance and digital context

Vincent, J. B., Vincent, C., Vincs, K., deLahunta, S. & McCormick, J. 2016 Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Intersecting shapes in music and in dance

Barnard, P. & deLahunta, S. 2016 Music and Shape (in press). Leech-Wilkinson, D. & Prior, H. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Making digital choreographic objects interrelate: a focus on coding practices

deLahunta, S. & Jenett, F. 2016 Performing the Digital: Performativity and Performance Studies in Digital Cultures. Leeker, M., Schipper, I. & Beyes, T. (eds.). Bielfeld: Transcript-Verlag

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Motion Bank: a Broad Context for Choreographic Research

deLahunta, S. 2016 Transmission in Motion: The Technologizing of Dance (in press). Bleeker, M. (ed.). Taylor and Francis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Motion Bank: un ambiente per la ricerca unico e interdisciplinare

deLahunta, S. 2016 Choreographic Bodies. L'esperienza della Motion Bank nel progetto multidisciplinare di Forsythe. Monda, L. G. (ed.). Rome, Italy: Dino Audino Editore

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2016

  • 7 Participation in conference

Unstable Fields of Knowledge Symposium

Scott deLahunta (Keynote Speaker), 21 Jan 201622 Jan 2016, Unstable Fields of Knowledge Symposium

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

Movement and Computing Workshop Nr. 2

Scott deLahunta (Keynote Speaker), 14 Aug 201515 Aug 2015, Movement and Computing Workshop Nr. 2

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

Dance Engaging Science

Scott deLahunta (Participant), 23 Apr 201525 Apr 2015, Dance Engaging Science

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

Los Angeles Choreographic Coding Lab

Scott deLahunta (Organising Committee), 14 Sep 201519 Sep 2015, Los Angeles Choreographic Coding Lab

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

New York Choreographic Coding Lab

Scott deLahunta (Organising Committee), 27 Aug 201531 Aug 2015, New York Choreographic Coding Lab

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference