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Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance

The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance provides an open interactive laboratory for exploratory research in the time-based arts of theatre, performance and performance media involving a large group of research practitioners in performance at Brunel University's School of Arts, as well as the research and performing arts organizations affiliated with the activities of these practitioners.

Research in performance is rapidly expanding in the contemporary global context of the arts, sciences, education, communication/information economies and creative industries. The polycentric emphases in the new research environment rest on a distinctive trans-disciplinary vision which increasingly fuses artistic performance, writing/composition, theory and performance ethnography with digital creativity, science, and engineering.

While drama and the production of actor-based theatre continue their strong cultural tradition, other modes of performance art, cultural performance behaviour, movement and experimental theatre, camera-based performance, installation and new media/technologically augmented performances extend current practices and the scope of scholarship.

Open to partnerships in research collaboration with others in the School of Arts, the School of Engineering and Design, and institutions elsewhere in the UK and abroad, the new Centre's activities will foster both individual projects in performance, directing, and writing, as well as integrative design projects with real-time synthesis and digital technologies. investigating opportunities for working at the frontiers of performance and technology, where new modes of representation and interaction are invented.

Some members of the Centre's research group and partners seek to explore and help define the future of theatre and performance in their intersections with digital cultures, and with new media technologies and communications in the creative industries. The activities of the technology studios at the Center are also balanced by a range of non-technological practices and research interests, including body-centred, physical work; liveness; site-specificity; audience interaction; text; place; social inquiry and new audiences.

The wider research goal is to explore the limits of physical performance, and the boundaries between digital media and embodied performance behaviour, both from an artistic and an engineering viewpoint. Combining live theatre with engineering, performance with scientific theory (in the various associations performance has made with research activity in cybernetics, AI, robotics, biology, the cognitive sciences, etc), the Centre will drive a series of projects over the next ten years and beyond which continue to build members' national and international relations with other research ventures into performance cultures.

The staff of the new center includes: Johannes Birringer, Thomas Betteridge,Susan Broadhurst, Steve Dixon [emeritus], Meretta Elliott, Daniel Ploeger [in absentia], Mary Richards, Stelarc [in absentia], Fiona Templeton, Joel Anderson, Broderick Chow, and Royona Mitra. All Phd research students of the School of Arts, and particularly of Performance, are also associated with the Centre. 

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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Gaskell Building 113

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

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>>