From Vertical to Horizontal - Professor Sarah Whatley Dance Lecture

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After initial dance training at Laine Theatre Arts, Professor Sarah Whatley went on to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) to take a degree in Performing Arts, specialising in Dance. She then went on to perform and choreograph with touring dance companies and artists in the 1980s and 1990s, touring nationally and internationally. Sarah continues to practice as a dancer and choreographer, collaborating frequently with composers and musicians. She created a number of solo dance works and now dances in ensembles and in non-traditional settings. Her practice is informed by her research, which is quite eclectic. She is now leading a major AHRC-funded project to create a digital archive of Davies works. Alongside this she is leading an artist development programme; Fracture, Dance and the Moving Image, which brings together dance artists and film makers in the region to create new screen-based installations for gallery spaces. She is also creating a dance work package within a Jisc-funded repository development project within the University (CURVE) and is collaborating with James Shippen on a Leverhulme-funded project that uses Motion Capture to assess injury patterns in the training of young dancers. This relates to a broader interest in different pedagogical approaches to body training and particularly the support for disabled dance students. Sarah continues to investigate choreographic style and identity, and music/dance relationships and this film shows some of that work. This film ends with a performance by Sarah. Visit to find more CU talks and lectures
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