Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy

In this section:

Research Mission

The group aims to position training within a larger context of performance practice as well as Theatre and Performance Studies and to explore processes of preparation in a number of creative fields, such as dramaturgy, composition, theatre directing and devising. In addition it considers the crossovers between performance-related training practices and modes of preparation in other disciplines – in sports, mountaineering, education and in (digital) heritage.

For further information contact: Dr Maria Kapsali m.kapsali@leeds.ac.uk

Group Members

Academic Staff:

Dr Fiona Bannon, Senior Lecturer in Dance & Performance
Dr Maria Kapsali, Lecturer in Physical Performance
Dr Kara McKechnie, Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Literary Management
Professor Jonathan Pitches, Chair in Theatre and Performance
Dr George Rodosthenous, Associate Professor in Theatre Directing, Admissions Tutor
Dr Adam Strickson, Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Writing

PhD researchers:

Dionysia Bouzioti – Visual perception of the performing body and catharsis in tragedy dance theatre

Emma Gee – The death of the director? Exploring the cultural impact of the shift toward engagement ‘with’ and ‘by’ audiences in contemporary participative practice

Simone Kenyon – Walking out of the body and into the Mountain’: dancing, mountaineering and embodied ways of knowing.

Duncan Marwick

Clare Danek

Kelli Zezulka – The language of light: how lighting designers use language and exercise agency in creative collaboration

Associate members:

Dr Stefan Aquilina (University of Malta)

Associated research seminars:

The camera and the trained body

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