The Unruly Body and Disability Dance PhD project

Stefania Di Paolo (University of Leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries) is looking for dance artists/choreographers with physical disabilities and integrated dance companies from the UK to be involved in a PhD project (voluntary). 

The project aims to create a space for disabled dance artists, choreographers and integrated companies to reflect on their own work from their perspective, and share different approaches to the discipline.

The project will consist of a period of observation of the artists’ work in the studio and on stage, with no negative effects on their schedule, as well as informal interviews.

This research hopes to generate new insights into the phenomena of disability dance by giving voice to their producers, which may potentially expand knowledge on the discipline.

The observation period will begin in Autumn 2019 but this is flexible and a different start time can be arranged. Participation is on a voluntary basis.

All published materials (videos, conference papers, PhD Thesis, and a blog) will give broader acknowledgement and visibility to the participants. Artists and dance companies will be also invited to share their work in a symposium in May 2020 at The University of Leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries.

If you are interested, please contact Stefania Di Paolo directly at pcsdp@leeds.ac.uk