AWARD: UKRI Making Connections: Weaving, Dance and Coding

Project: Research

Project Details


As part of the UKRI Making Connections Funding scheme Rosa Cisneros teams up with musician and researcher Alex McLean and coder Lucy Chesman. The trio have teamed up for the Making Connections: Weaving, Dance and Coding project to offer a series of explorative workshops in Sheffield.

The project has two phases:

Phase 1: Run workshops with groups of young (11+) young people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, bringing together Flamenco dancing (Rosa Cisneros), programming weaves on a loom (led by Dr Alex McLean), and live coding music (led by Lucy Cheesman). The researchers will work with participants to explore common patterns behind these forms, starting with the metrical structures of Flamenco dance, and exploring them in coding to make weaves and music based on traditional (yet improvised) Flamenco dance patterns. Flamenco is of Roma heritage, and the project will empower attendees to explore and share their own culture, developing their own approach to creative performance technology.

Phase 2: Offer those young people a paid opportunity to support the open drop-in family workshops we will be running as part of the Sheffield Festivals Showcase in September. These drop-in workshops will be open to all and will be designed for multi-generational involvement.

Effective start/end date3/08/2117/12/21


  • Coding
  • Weaving
  • Flamenco
  • Sound
  • Computer Science


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