Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance (CCDP)


The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance was created in autumn 2006 and is now recognized as a Brunel University Research Centre.

The expanded core staff of the centre includes:Tom Betteridge, Johannes Birringer, Susan BroadhurstBroderick Chow, Meretta Elliott, Grant Peterson, Royona Mitra, Mary RichardsFiona Templeton, Joel Anderson and Ian Morgan.

The polycentric emphases in the new research environment rest on a distinctive transdisciplinary vision which fuses artistic performance, theatre and live art with new media technologies and creative software writing/engineering. Open to partnerships in research collaboration with others in the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences and other centers and institutions elsewhere in the UK and abroad, the core group activities centre on the integration of creative arts, performance writing, directing, choreography and performance design with digital technologies. investigating new and exciting opportunities for working at the frontiers of art, science, and technology, where new modes of performance and interaction are invented.

The core research group in the Centre and its partners seek to explore and to help define the future of performance art in its intersections with digital cultures, and with new media technologies and communications in the creative industries. Our strategic aims over the next hears envision building a leading international role in researching physical theatre and digital performance (with the annual ARTAUD FORUM serving as a hybrid laboratory for research symposia and exhibitions); to develop innovative collaborations with institutional and extra-institutional partners; and sustain research excellency amongst our postgraduate students.

Prof Johannes Birringer is director of the research coordination and research architecture of the new Centre.

Design and Performance Lab

DAP-Lab is a cross-media lab exploring convergences between telematic performance, textile/fashion design and dance, clothing and choreography, visual expression, film/photography, music and interactive design. As an experimental process, research participants from performance, fashion, new media and engineering explore the intimate relations between textures in motion, design ideas for smart fabrics and wearables, within a film-and-performance studio environment which allows the garments to be used for interaction with physical camera and real-time processing using digital software that responds to body movement and sensory processing. The multiple processes join skin and fabrics, color, sound and visualization technologies. in 2006-2009, The DAP-Lab will also enter an eScience projectdevelopment phase during which its members, with partners from the School of Engineering and Design, build DanceGrid, a Grid-enabled Virtual Performance Environment for Telematic Dance.

Lab directors: Prof Johannes Birringer & Michele Danjoux

DAP-Lab research projects online

Fig1 Helenna Ren manipulating her partial garment in telematic performance. Videostill � 2005 J Birringer

Figure 1. Helenna Ren manipulating her partial garment in telematic performance. Videostill © 2005 J Birringer.

Fig2 Nam Eun Song with Emergent ScreenDress, Videostill � 2006 M Danjoux  

Figure 2. Nam Eun Song with Emergent ScreenDress, Videostill © 2006 M Danjoux.



Name and Title Phone Email Office
Professor Thomas Betteridge – Dean of College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Betteridge worked for ten years as a professional stage and production manager before entering academia. During this time... full profile

01895 267089 Email Professor Thomas Betteridge Gaskell Building 146
Professor Johannes Birringer – Chair in Drama & Performance Technologies; Research lead for Theatre

Johannes Birringer joined Brunel University London's School of Arts (now College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences) in early... full profile

+44 (0)1895 267343 Email Professor Johannes Birringer Gaskell Building 105
Professor Sue Broadhurst – Director of Research; Professor of Performance and Technology

Sue is a writer and performance practitioner in the School of Arts, Brunel University, London. She has been at... full profile

01895 266588 Email Professor Sue Broadhurst Gaskell Building 104
Dr Broderick Chow – Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Dr Broderick Chow is an artist-scholar with experience in numerous fields of the performing arts. He has been an... full profile

01895 265493 Email Dr Broderick Chow Gaskell Building 111
Meretta Elliott – Head of Arts and Humanities

Meretta trained as an actress at the School of Theatre in Manchester and went on to complete an MA... full profile

01895 266567 Email  Meretta Elliott Gaskell Building 102
Dr Royona Mitra – Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Admissions Tutor

Royona is the author of Akram Khan: Dancing New Interculturalism (Palgrave, May 2015). She has a PhD from Royal... full profile

01895 266821 Email Dr Royona Mitra Gaskell Building 112
Ian Morgan – Teaching Fellow in Theatre

Ian Morgan graduated from Hull University with a BA in Drama and Kent with an MA (PaR) in Theatre.... full profile

01895 266541 Email  Ian Morgan GB103
Dr Katerina Paramana – Lecturer in Theatre

Dr Katerina Paramana is an artist and scholar, and a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London. Her performances,... full profile

01895268900 Email Dr Katerina Paramana Gaskell Building 109
Dr Grant Peterson – Lecturer in Theatre

Dr. Grant Tyler Peterson joined Brunel in 2013, having previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, University of... full profile

44 (0) 1895 265543 Email Dr Grant Peterson Gaskell Building 109
Dr Mary Richards – Vice-Dean for Education; Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Mary came to Brunel University London in September 2001 and completed her PhD Resisting the Limits of the Performing... full profile

01895 266570 Email Dr Mary Richards Gaskell Building 110
Fiona Templeton – Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Convenor of MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Fiona Templeton is an internationally recognised innovator in writing and directing for theatre and performance. She is currently Artistic... full profile

01895 266571 Email  Fiona Templeton Gaskell Building 113

Research Seminars 2014-2015

The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance, in collaboration with dance-tech TVlive, will be running a series of Performance Research Seminars during the autumn/winter term 2014/15.

The seminars are open events and are being co-ordinated by Prof Johannes Birringer, admission is free. For more information please contact johannes.birringer@brunel.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1895 267343. 

Please click here for the 2014/2015 schedule.

Performance Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes Birringer

All Research Seminars are co-produced with dance tech live TV and streamed online as well as archived. In collaboration with http://www.livestream.com/dancetechttvlive

DAP-lab.TV: <<http://dance-tech.tv/videos/daplabtv>>

Please visit our website for further descriptions of the topics and the visiting artists.


Artaud Forum IV

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2015

Artaud Performance Centre

"Contested Exchanges: Space, Place and the Performance of Democracy"

(coordinated by Mary Richards, Grant Peterson, John Roberts and founding director Johannes Birringer)

A call for papers and performance will be issued in October 2014


Page last updated: Friday 01 March 2013