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 Broadhurst, Broderick Chow, Meretta Elliott, Grant Peterson, Royona Mitra, Mary Richards, Fiona 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
Figure 1. Helenna Ren manipulating her partial garment in telematic performance. Videostill © 2005 J Birringer.
Figure 2. Nam Eun Song with Emergent ScreenDress, Videostill © 2006 M Danjoux.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 email@example.com 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
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