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

I am a practitioner and researcher trained in Laban-Malgrem Movement Psychology, with a PhD in Cultural Studies. My work is transdisciplinary, and tends to focus on movement — as medium, as formal language, as mode of computation, as technique, as instrument for social change… Areas of interest include: movement harmony (Laban), performance ecology, displacement and mobility, paleocybernetics (old-new cultural practices), and life ethics, particularly traditional perspectives from the Global South (e.g. Sumak Kawsay, Muntu/Ubuntu).


Nic is a Chilean/UK performance practitioner and researcher. He trained at the Universidad de Chile, and at the Drama Centre London, where he specialized in Movement Psychology (Laban-Malgrem system). Integrating artistic, social and environmental perspectives, Nic explores the way in which creative movement can provide social and personal transformation He is currently leading an AHRC funded project entitled “Social Choreography”, looking at the ethics of movement-based work carried out within refugee communities at various international locations, with partners in UK, US, Spain and Chad. He has conducted a number of artistic residencies addressing social mobility and displacement in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Nic is also the director of c8, an artistic group that explores scientific ideas and new technologies through performance in site-specific contexts (labs, simulators, outdoors). He is the author of three books: “Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement” (MIT 2015); “Digital Movement” (Palgrave 2015) and “Matter.Transmission: Mediation in a Paleocyber Age” (Bloomsbury 2018).

Research Interests

Human movement, Movement Harmony (Laban technique) and choreosophy, environmental art, paleocybernetics, neo-primitivism, indigenous or traditional forms of embodied knowledge, ethics of life (Sumak Kawsay, Ubuntu, Spinozism), performance pedagogy, performance technology.

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC Social Choreography Network (PI) £32,144

AHRC Error Network (Named participant) £35,572

Institute of Advanced Studies, UoS grant (PI), £3,600

Santander mobility award £1,600

EPSRC Bridging the Gaps (Co-I) £17,000.

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

Research Centres & Groups

Member of Displacements Research Group: Performance Geography (University of Leeds)

Member of Social Choreography network (AHRC funded)

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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