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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 2018

  • 33 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 20 Chapter
  • 7 Article
  • 3 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. 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

Barnard, P. & deLahunta, S. 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

Dance Becoming Data Part One: Software for Dancers

deLahunta, S. & Koch, A. 27 Nov 2017 In : Computational Culture. 6

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Activities 2013 2017

  • 8 Participation in conference
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Maaike Bleeker

Cisneros, R. E. K. (Host), Blades, H. (Host), Delahunta, S. (Host)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Dancing Data

Delahunta, S. (Speaker)
17 Mar 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Amsterdam Choreographic Coding Lab

Delahunta, S. (Organising Committee)
7 May 201711 May 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Unstable Fields of Knowledge Symposium

Delahunta, S. (Keynote Speaker)
21 Jan 201622 Jan 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

drawing, thinking, objects and code

Delahunta, S. (Speaker)
21 Apr 2016

Activity: Invited 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)


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)