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/UK performance practitioner and researcher. He trained at the Universidad de Chile, and at the Drama Centre London, where he specialized in Movement Psychology. His work focuses mainly on human movement and mobility, combining artistic and social, as well as technological and traditional perspectives. He is the Director of c8, an artistic collaborative that creates site-specific performance works, primarily in scientific contexts (labs, simulators). His Performance-as-Research work covers a range of methods including psychogeography, forum theatre, movement-based storytelling, and expanded choreography. He has conducted a number of artistic residencies exploring community based  movement and social mobility in Europe and Latin America. 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). He is currently PI on an AHRC funded project entitled “Social Choreography”, looking at the ethics of movement-based work carried out with refugee communities at various international locations, with partners in UK, US, Spain and Chad.

Research Interests

Social choreography, mathematical and computational representation of movement, new materialism, ecocriticism, paleocybernetics, indigenous and/or traditional forms of embodied knowledge, neo-prehistory, anarchoprimitivism

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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