Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Featured Research Projects

  • Social Choreography Network

    This Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded network addresses the way in which the movement arts (i.e. dance, body art, digital performance), deal with international refugee and border-crossing crises. Our core question, concerning ethics, is what constitutes “good practice”.

  • Performing Landscapes: Mountains

    Performing Landscapes: Mountains is an 18-month project that supports the work of Professor Jonathan Pitches on his interdisciplinary work on theatre, performance and mountains

  • The Error Network

    The Error Network is a group of researchers and practitioners exploring the generative potential of error, ambiguity and the body in dance and human-computer interaction. Professor Sita Popat, Chair in Performance and Technology is the Principal investigator on the Error Network. The Co-Investigator is Sarah Whatley at Coventry University. Dr Nicholas Salazar Sutil, Academic Fellow in Digital Performance is also a named participant. Other participants are based at the universities of Coventry, Leeds, Southampton and Plymouth, and at Malmö
    University in Sweden.

  • International Audience Research Network

    The international network for audience research in the performing arts (iNARPA), developed by Dr Ben Walmsley, will build on the findings of AHRC’s recent Cultural Value project and generate new insights into the multifarious, albeit contested, impacts that the performing arts can have on audiences’ lives.

  • Identity and Governance of Bodily Extensions: The Case of Prosthetics and Avatars

    Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this project brings together researchers from rehabilitation medicine, law, digital performance and media with people who use prosthetics or avatars regularly.

  • Switch On!

    Switch On! was a project funded internally by the Ignite Scheme offered by CCI Exchange Hub.

  • Performing the Past

    This project capitalizes on the potential offered across WRUC to develop innovative multi-disciplinary methods for investigating and disseminating working-class histories (c.1800-1930), through collaboration with regional heritage organisations.

  • Site and Smell: an immersive performance of olfactory-spatial memory

    Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award Dr Anna Fenemore and Pigeon Theatre (specialists in immersive performance) are working on a year long collaboration with Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Colin Lever at the University of Durham on the project ‘Site and Smell: an immersive performance of olfactory-spatial memory’. 

  • Emergent Objects

    The Emergent Objects: Designing The Technological Interface Through Performance research project drew on performance knowledge to explore and articulate the emergent nature of the interface between technological object and human that is fundamental to the development of new design thinking and practices. The project used performance perspectives to investigate the modelling of a role of design in a technological society and asked questions about the desirable relationships between users and designed artefacts, systems or environments.

  • e-Dance Project

    The e-Dance project took advantage of cutting edge developments in e-Science to explore new opportunities for documenting the creative process in dance making. It examined the interplay between dance/technology and e-Science, bringing together a unique combination of researchers and software developers from the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Bedfordshire and the Open University.

  • Respond

    Respond is a digital engagement platform designed to broaden and deepen audiences’ engagement with contemporary dance. A digital adaptation of Liz Lerman’s renowned Critical Response Process, Respond was designed through a creative partnership comprising Yorkshire Dance, Breakfast Creatives and the University of Leeds’ School of Performance and Cultural Industries to enable participants to interact directly with artists and share their interpretations of artistic ideas.

  • Operatic Encounters: Common Voices (EU CCF)

    Operatic Encounters, Common Voices (OPENCOV) www.opencov.eu was a European Cultural Co-operation with Third Countries Project (2008-2010), linking five cultural institutions: the University of Leeds and Opera North in England, Shanghai Theatre Academy in China, Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria and Sibelius Academy in Finland. It originated in the DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North www.dareyou.org.uk/

  • Projecting Performance

    Projecting Performance was a collaborative research project between performance academics and digital technologists from digital arts company KMA Ltd.

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