I am a part-time PhD candidate in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, having been awarded a Crosslands Scholarship.
My practice-led research project, Material Words for Speaking Dancers, has engaged, predominantly, the improvisational training (workshops/courses/classes) conducted by three contemporary independent performance practitioners – Ruth Zaporah (US) who has developed a form of improvisational performance known as Action Theater™; dancer/musician/poet Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES); and dancer/poet Billie Hanne (BE). These practices variously fuse improvised dance and improvised speech in performance. Together with my own improvisational performance works and experiments, I ask how performers can access and develop material knowledge of voice and speech and how this can be deployed alongside more readily recognisable choreographic material in the context of dance improvisation.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Middlesex University.
Aside from my doctoral research, I maintain a portfolio of research projects including various outputs. My academic role at Middlesex University facilitates this area of my work.
Publications: “A Piece for Two (Lovers)”, for RiDE Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, published 2017; guest-editor on a special “Words and Dance“ issue of the journal Choreographic Practices, published 2017; “Ten Days in Tarbena”, for Handbook of Improvisation (OUP), due to be published 2018
Other projects include:
TransDisciplinary Improvisation Network (TIN)
RiDE – Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance – special themed issue on Precariousness and the Performance of Welfare. Upcoming article co-authored with Antonio de la Fe On ‘A Piece for Two (Lovers)’ – an unrehearsed performance piece. This essay draws attention to the way in which A Piece for Two (Lovers), created and performed by myself and de la Fe, theatricalised its inherent precariousness.
Rob’s score for Antonio (15 mins)
Antonio’s score for Rob (15 mins)
Antonio and Rob’s conversation for RiDE (15 mins)
TransDisciplinary Improvisation Network (TIN) – founder member of this Middlesex University based research cluster which aims to integrate international interest and activity relating to transdisciplinary improvisation performance practice