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During the current RAE assessment period, our work has been published and presented in North America, Western Europe, Australia, Russia, the Far East and South Africa. Refereed conference presentations are now assumed to be a regular part of our activity, and even the newest researchers are successful in submitting for international events. Grau and Jordan are regular invited/keynote speakers (for example, Grau at the ELIA Conference in Berlin (1994) and European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, Belfast (2000), Jordan at the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal (1999) and Nordic Forum for Dance Research conference in Trondheim (2002)). It is noteworthy that Nicholas was invited speaker at the 2000 KAHPERD Conference in Korea and Prickett was selected for the competitive ‘Dancing in the Millennium’ conference in Washington. Brown will keynote the ‘Future Moves 2001’ conference at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Five staff have made substantial contributions to the International Encyclopedia for Dance (1998, Kane's article on Paul Taylor was cited in The New York Times Review of Books) and Grau and Jordan were invited to produce a survey report on dance research in Britain for the American refereed Dance Research Journal (1995). We have also published and presented in fora other than dance, such as Aboriginal Studies, European Studies, Music and Theology.

Our Senior Research Fellow Hutchinson Guest was a Guggenheim Fellow (1998-99) and winner of the 1997 CORD Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research. She is the recipient of two major grants (see below), enabling a team project to consolidate and further develop the Labanotation system; she reconstructed Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un faune for the Royal Ballet in 2000. Page, our other Senior Research Fellow, a recent Olivier Award winner, continues an already established working relationship with the CDR, and confirms our intention to continue collaboration with the Royal Ballet (see 1996 submission). In the series 'Defining Ballet', Page co-presented a session 'Analysing Two-part Invention' with Jordan at Covent Garden in 1997, the first of their series of analytical research debates. Recently, we documented a debate in Ashley Page: Choreography and Music (see RA2) and videotaped for archival purposes a research event with Royal Ballet dancers. Page has also acted as advisor to a research student. Whilst he continues to choreograph for the Royal Ballet, Page has also made recent pieces for the Dutch National Ballet, Paris Conservatoire, Modern Dance Theatre in Ankara and BBC Dance for the Camera. Preparing his 2000 piece for Dutch National Ballet, Page worked with our final year undergraduate students, using this as an opportunity to test out choreographic ideas. He took over from Davies, winner of the Prudential Award for the Arts in 1996, her research focus within the CDR likewise documented in a USR monograph (Siobhan Davies in Residence, 1996); one of our research students Sarah Whatley now continues research into her choreographic style. Dr Beth Genné, Associate Professor of Dance at University of Michigan, was with us as Senior Research Fellow for the year 1998-99, contributing her knowledge of early British ballet and dance in the American musical (USR cited in her article for Dance Research, spring 2001). Likewise, the CDR hosted Dr. Gamal Sharaf (1999-2000) from the Higher Institute of Ballet of the Academy of Arts in Cairo; his research specialism is ballet technique.

Our research students continue to be active in presenting conference papers, writing articles, performing and producing dance reconstruction and choreography. In accordance with CDR policy, all publish as they progress through their programme. Examples are the achievements of our graduate assistants whilst on course and soon after graduation. Henrietta Bannerman (now Head of the MA at the Laban Centre) published an article based on her doctoral research on Martha Graham in Dance Research and was invited to present as part of an SDR Study Day on the choreographer's work (and see Nicholas, RA2). Sara Houston, due to complete her doctorate on community dance in 2001, has presented her research at the University of Huddersfield Health Dance ’97 conference, at University of Surrey Guildford ethnography and community dance seminars and in Animated magazine. Bannerman, Morris and Gwen Nurse were selected to give papers at the refereed New Scholars Conference run by the SDR (February 1999): this was the largest cohort of research students representing a single institution. Morris’ research and recommendations for ballet training and interpretation led to an invitation to present at the Ballet Independents’ Group (see Dancing Times, December 2000). Morris and Ann Robinson have had articles accepted for Dance Research. Our research students have also been active in committees promoting research: Natalie Garrett and Houston, members of the SDR Executive Committee, Kimiko Okamoto of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Dance Historians. It is noteworthy too that all our students have been successful in obtaining teaching positions within higher education after completion.

Dance staff are regularly called upon to give guest lectures, both here and abroad, and there has been a notable increase in our consultancy work since 1996. Examples are work with the Kirov Ballet, Royal Academy of Dancing, Labanotation Institute, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, BBC TV (Deborah Bull’s programme on women and ballet and a documentary on Mata Hari) and Radio (Sir John Drummond’s series ‘Developing Dance’). Staff have also carried out a variety of editorial and research-related committee work, Jordan a member of the boards of three refereed journals, the British Performance Research and Dance Research, and the American Studies in Dance History, Grau and Iyer of the board of Extradition, the South Asian Dance quarterly. Jordan has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the SDR, the post-graduate panel of the AHRB and Dance Panel of the Arts Council of England. In 2000, she joined the international Comité Scientifique for the conference 'Arts, Sciences et Technologies' organised by the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société, Université de La Rochelle. Poesio became a member of the Board of the American SDHS in 1999. Prickett has been President and Co-President of the American Dance Critics Association (1998-2000). She is also a member of the SDR Executive Committee. We are regularly invited to read for refereed journals and publishers such as Dance Research Journal, Dance Research, Dance Books, Routledge, Harwood Academic Publishers and Princeton and Yale University Presses. We also regularly peer review research grant applications, for instance, for the AHRB, Australia Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. During the current cycle, research theses have been externally examined by Grau (Paris VIII, St. Denis and Goldsmiths) and Jordan (Cape Town, Middlesex, Southampton and Helsinki).

Grau was commissioned to write the children's book Dance (1998) for the Dorling Kindersley ‘Eyewitness’ series; she has also acted as adviser for research activities coordinated by Aditi. Since 1997, Jordan has been Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland; she was a judge for the Prudential Awards for the Arts in 1996 and for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Young Scholars Award in 1999. In 1999, Poesio was awarded the 'Cecchetti d'argento' prize for 'outstanding research on the life and works of Enrico Cecchetti'. Stanton was a commissioned contributor to the ‘Inside the Artist’ programme of South East Dance National Dance Agency (2000), a project to encourage boys to dance and to break down stereotypes, culminating in a work for boys performed throughout East Sussex. For several years, Kane, who has published internationally on Paul Taylor, has contributed to the Preservation Project of the Taylor Company (New York). Bennett’s research has led to invitations by the London Cecchetti Centre, to teach on the Easter Course 1999 and, in 2001, to lecture on the Cecchetti heritage. He has also been invited to edit a technical ballet dictionary authored by the distinguished Cecchetti specialist Richard Glasstone.

We have greatly increased our profile of external funding for research projects. Dance has attracted more than £1/4 million since 1996; this figure includes funds not paid through the institution (e.g. Arts Council grants and stipends to individuals). A wide range of sources and types of grant is also represented, including a number of major awards (i.e. of over £10k). Grau was awarded a grant from the Leverhulme Trust (£51k) towards her project ‘South Asian Dance in Britain’ (1999-2001). Hutchinson Guest has been awarded several major grants towards her Labanotation project, apart from the Guggenheim Fellowship (1998-99), funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (£75k, 1997-2000), and from the AHRB (£43k, 1999-2000). Stanton has been awarded £27k by the Arts Council of England’s Regional Arts Lottery Programme to produce her work for autumn 2001. The starting budget for Jordan’s Balanchine Foundation team project is $69k. The AHRB Fellowship (2001-4) to Brown brings in £53k. Smaller grants include the following: Grau’s grant from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Islander Studies for fieldwork towards her book on Tiwi dance; a Foundation for Sports and the Arts grant (1997) towards Stanton’s video of Locus and an accompanying book; a British Academy grant to Poesio (1998) to research for his forthcoming book on Cecchetti; grants to Jordan – from the SDHS (1998) towards translation costs for the Lopukhov writings, from the Paul Sacher Foundation (2000-2001) for six months research in its archive in Basle, from the AHRB (2000) towards a Stravinsky chronology; a grant from the Arts Council of England to Dance Books (1997) for commissioning Rowell’s book on Dance Umbrella. For the 1997 ‘Preservation Politics’ conference, grants were offered by all five of the sources to which applications were made (four trusts and the British Academy). Staff are regularly awarded grants from the British Academy and British Council to support their conference attendance and guest presentations abroad.


In the area of DMT, staff act in a consultative role for the DMT professional body, including representation on the Executive Council, the Education and Training Committee and the Membership Registration Panel. As clinician-researchers, staff are regularly asked to provide public workshops and presentations on their clinical practice and research within the DMT field. Best has been guest speaker within the wider field of psychotherapy and counselling as well as an international DMT consultant. She has presented workshops and papers stemming from her research on three continents during 1999-2000. She represents USR and British interests within the annual European forum, which is promoting and collating DMT research across Europe. In addition to items submitted in RA2, she has contributed two substantial book reviews to Dance Research, another to e-motion, and a book chapter accepted for publication in 1997 is currently in press (Die Deutsche Bibliothek – CIIP – Einheitsaufnahme, co-authored with Gabrielle Parker).

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