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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 Professor of Dance, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University (UK) and co-Director (with Florian Jenett) of Motion Bank, part of the Institut Designlabor Gutenberg hosted by Hochschule Mainz University of Applied Sciences. From 2014-2019, deLahunta was a Senior Research Fellow with Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University (AUS). From 2010 to 2014, he was Director of the first phase of Motion Bank a Project of The Forsythe Company. 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.


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 2019

  • 50 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 20 Chapter
  • 8 Article
  • 3 Editorial
  • 1 Performance
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Long-Term Memory for Contemporary Dance is Distributed and Collaborative

Stevens, C., Vincs, K., Delahunta, S. & Old, E., Mar 2019, In : Acta Psychologica. 194, p. 17-27 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Long-Term Memory
Long-term Memory
Contemporary Dance

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., 2018, Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage. Whatley, S., Cisneros, R. K. & Sabiescu, A. (eds.). 1 ed. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 283-299 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Dance Becoming Data: Version Two

deLahunta, S., 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry: C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 333-357 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Computer Technology
Contemporary Dance
Research Projects

Exploring Creative Thought in Choreography Together: Process Documentation with the Australian Dance Theatre

deLahunta, S., Vincent, J. B., Old, E., Stewart, G., Leach, J. & Stevens, C., 2018, Performing Process: Sharing Practice. Blades, H. & Meehan, E. (eds.). Intellect, p. 369-414 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

interdisciplinary research

Seeing the 'Choreographic Mind': three analytic lenses developed to probe and notate creative processes in dance

deLahunta, S. & Barnard, P., 18 Jul 2018, The Neurocognition of Dance: Mind, Movement and Motor Skills 2nd Edition. Bläsing, B., Puttke, M. & Schack, T. (eds.). 2 ed. London, UK: Routledge, p. 88-114 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Creative Process

Activities 2013 2018

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

Amsterdam Choreographic Coding Lab

Scott deLahunta (Organising Committee)
7 May 201711 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Dancing Data

Scott deLahunta (Speaker)
17 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Maaike Bleeker

Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros (Host), Hetty Blades (Host), Scott deLahunta (Host)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

drawing, thinking, objects and code

Scott deLahunta (Speaker)
21 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Choreographic Objects; traces and artefacts of physical intelligence

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Enhancing Choreographic Objects

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Scott Delahunta (Recipient) & James Leach (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Scott Delahunta (Recipient) & Jonas Rutgers (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)