Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Academic Fellow in Digital Performance

Stage@leeds Room 1.01

PhD in Cultural Studies, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College


Nic is a Chilean cultural theorist, performance practitioner and researcher. He trained at the Universidad de Chile and at the Drama Centre London, where he specialized in Movement Psychology and the Laban-Malgrem system. He worked for many years in secondary education in Chile and the UK before moving onto university teaching and academic life. He completed an MA in Research at Royal Holloway, and then a PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College on the subject of mathematical and computational influences on avant-garde performance. He has been director of Performance Studies international (2012-2014), and director and co-founder of C8, an arts collaborative that creates digital performance work drawing on Laban and the novel application of interactive technologies.  He is the recipient of the ”Beca de Excelencia’ academic award (Universidad de Chile) and MILES creativity award (University of Surrey). Before joining the University of Leeds, Nic was a Lecturer in Digital Arts at the University of Surrey. He has also worked as Lecturer and researcher at University of Essex, London School of Economics, and Goldsmiths College. Recent publications include the authored book ‘Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement’ (MIT Press, 2015) and “Brute Materialism: a Paleo Ontology of Media” (forthcoming), and the co-edited book ‘Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance’.

Research Interests

Digital performance, cultural studies, philosophy of movement, Laban studies, motion description and computation, mathematical representation of movement, digital and new materialist theory, material imagination, creativity, ecocriticism, cultural theory, critical and material thinking.

Research Projects & Grants

June 2013 Institute of Advanced Studies workshop grant, Corporeal Computing £3,600

April 2013 Santander mobility award £1,600

2012-2013EPSRC (MILES Bridging the Gaps) Mindbeat Creativity Engine (Co-I)£17,000.

2011-2012 EPSRC Visualizing Motion in 3+D (RA), £72,000.

2009-2010 Sixth Framework of the European Union A Topological Approach to Cultural Dynamics (RA)

Research Centres & Groups

Member of the Digital Performance Research Group

Member of Error Network (AHRC Network grant)

External Appointments

2013-2015 ILLUME, Faculty Centre for Creativity Research, University of Surrey.

2013-2015 Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey

2011-2014 Director, Performance Studies international (PSi).

2007-2008 Member of the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas.

2003-2004 Member of American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).

Professional Practice

  • Flatland (digital dance/theatre) Presented at Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford, June 2012. Director.
  • Offending the Audience (electronic theatre) Presented at Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford, June 2012. Co-director.
  • Solid Sense (digital dance) Presented at PATS Studio, University of Surrey, June 2011. Choreographer/Director.
  • Dead Line. Live and electronic play presented at Clifftown Theatre, Southend.  Co-writer and director.
  • Binary Flesh (digital dance), presented at Antonin Artaud Building, Brunel University, Sep. 2010. Choreographer.
  • I am not I (dance/theatre), presented at Lockwood Studios, Goldsmiths College, March 2010. Choreographer.
  • Ordinal 4, with Brian Rotman (dance/theatre), presented at Lockwood Studios, Goldsmiths College, March 2010. Choreographer.
  • Binary Flesh (digital dance), presented at Antonin Artaud Building, Brunel University, September 2010
  • Tauromachy (theatre play), presented at PAC Worth, East Sussex, November 2009
. Writer and director.
  • The Women of Troy (theatre), presented at Grange Theatre, Santiago de Chile April. Adapted and directed.
  • Rondo Adafina (theatre), presented at Teatro Teresa Carreno, Caracas, Venezuela, June-July 2001
. Performer and co-writer.
  • Corpus Christi (theatre, directed by Stephen Henry), presented at Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, August 1999, and Pleasance Theatre, London, November 1999- January 2000)
. Performer.
  • Suspicious Truth (theatre), Bloomsbury Theatre London, April 1999. Actor.
Alas (theatre), presented at ICN. Santiago de Chile, April 1994. Writer and performer.



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