In partnership with the University of Northampton we are supporting two research programmes funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In undertaking their PhDs Rosanna Irvine and Sara Giddens will undertake practice-led research with ourselves and the University and become Research Artists at Dance4.

The key objective of the project is to provide an environment that is more than either the professional dance sector or the University could offer alone in order to allow the outcomes of this practice-led research to impact widely across our work and the dance sector.

Both organizations will support these Research Artists to generate and articulate models of creative practice.  The research will question how interdisciplinary practice challenges conventional concepts of choreography and how the processes of making dance works can be effectively articulated – both within and beyond the practice itself.

The two key areas of research questions will be responding to the following:

• aspects of the archive/legacy of Dance4 and Nottdance as major influences on the direction of (post) post-modern dance across the UK and beyond;

• working practices that analyse audience engagement in new / interdisciplinary dance performance

The Choreographic Lab at University of Northampton has played a central role in the debates around Performance as Research in dance and is an internationally recognised hub of excellence for practice led researchers. They are currently supporting the work of more than 20 PhD students in dance and related fields.