Dr. Ric Allsopp - Head of Dance
• July 2014: Keynote on 'Performing Poetics' for the Live Legacy Project: Correspondences between German Contemporary Dance and Judson Dance Theatre Movement - Symposium (tanzhausnrw, Düsseldorf, DE)
• September 2014: co-editing book (with Kirsi Monni, TeAK/ Uniarts Helsinki, FI) Practicing Composition: Making Practice - text, dialogues and documents 2011-13 Helsinki: Kinesis Press (pub. June 2015)
• November 2014: co-editing issue 'On Poetics' (with Kristen Kreider, RHUL, UK) Performance Research Vol. 20: No.1 (pub. February 2015) including Editorial: 'To Step, Leap, Fly', pp. 1 -3 and Article: 'Notes on Poetics and Choreography' PR Vol.20: 1 London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, pp. 4-10
• January 2015: Article: 'Performing Poetics' in Contact Quarterly Vol. 40, No.1, pp. 24-26 and full article in CQ Unbound - www.contactquarterly.com/unbound
• February 2015: Launch of DR@FT - Dance Research at Falmouth with the Dance Team and guests Prof. Sarah Whatley (C-DaRE, Coventry, UK); and Dr. Scott deLahunta (Motion Bank, Frankfurt, DE)
• March 2015: HERA 'Uses of the Past' application for 'Tracing Dance Practice: cultural transmissions of embodied knowledge' in partnership with Coventry University, UK (Prof. Sarah Whatley, C-DaRE); Utrecht University, NL (Prof. Maaike Bleeker, Dept. Media & Cultural Studies); University of the Arts Berlin, DE (Prof. Franz-Anton Cramer, HZT); University of the Arts, Zürich, CH (Dr. Michael Hiltbrunner, Institute for Contemporary Arts Research); Falmouth University, UK (Prof. Ric Allsopp (with Prof. John Hall) AMATA)
• May 2015: Currently editing issue 'On Sleep' Performance Research Vol.21:1 (pub. February 2016) with Article on Poetics of Sleep (to be completed); [with contributions from Dr. D. Ferrett and Prof. Alan Bleakley]
• June 2015: DR@FT hosting and working with 'Unfolding Dramaturgies' - Dr Konstantina Georgelou (Utrecht University, NL), Dr. Efrosini Protopapa (Roehampton University, UK) and Dr Danae Theodoridou (Groningen University, NL) - a 6-day residency in the Performance Centre as consultant editor on book and dramaturgic project (2012-15) funded by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Foundation.
• August 2015: preparing issue on 'Radical Education' (with Michael Hiltbrunner, University of Arts, Zürich, CH) Performance Research Vol.21: No.1 (pub. August 2016)
Ruth Pethybridge - Lecturer in Dance Histories, Theories & Contexts
• November 2014: Invited keynote on 'New Light on Common Ground: Lived Philosophies of Community Dance' for 'People Dancing' - an international industry event focused on participatory dance; Cardiff, UK
• December 2014: Peer-reviewed Article 'Relative Proximity: Reaching towards an ethics of touch in cross-generational dance practice' in Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices Vol.6 No.2 (December 2014) pp. 175-188
• February 2015: Convenor for DR@FT - Dance Research @ Falmouth - launch with Dr. Sarah Whatley (Coventry, UK); and Dr. Scott deLahunta (Motion Bank, Frankfurt, DE) - with a view to longer term projects and website development
• June 2015: Delivering a paper 'Cut and Paste: Dance Advocacy in an Age of Austerity' at the Society for Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance Annual International Conference, Athens (June 3rd-8th, 2015)
• Currently completing doctoral thesis on 'Cross-Generational Dance' - submission 2016.
Lois Taylor - Lecturer in Dance & Communities
• Alternative Futures: Research Practitioner on a project lead by Sue Porter (Research Fellow, University of Bristol) and Dr. Fiona Hackney (Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement, Falmouth University). Alternative Futures has applied for four year funding from the AHRC Connected Communities programme, and will investigate the ways in which disabled people express, perform, experience and practice 'community'. The core research team includes disabled researchers and arts practitioners.
• Physical Postcards: working alongside two dance artists with three venues in NE Cornwall to investigate the notion of Physical Postcards - a message sent from the body and captured through film. The project will establish strategies for connecting new audiences and participants within dance to three rural venues in NE Cornwall and through digital capture share with, and connect to, a wider international audience. The project has made a successful application for funding from ACE (starting from May 2015)
• Joie De Vivre: Role as creative advisor to the development of this research project with older, amateur and professional dancers, led by Pavilion Dance South West and seeking European partnerships and funding
• Dance Centred: involvement in early stage development of a forum for sharing community practice within Cornwall
• Developing new audiences for dance in rural Cornwall: an ongoing development from The Vital Spark project established in 2011 and the Living it Loving it film project in 2014 (both funded through FEAST) to raise the profile of creativity in and around a rural town in SE Cornwall and to embed the ownership of ideas and delivery of activity within the community. The current project Midsummer Dance is working with local groups and The Sterts Theater (Liskeard) to deliver a programme of dance.
Kuldip Singh-Barmi - Course Co-ordinator Dance & Performance
• Currently studying for the MA in Creative Education on 'Improvisation in Undergraduate Dance Education: Student Perspectives' - keywords: dance education, improvisation, confidence, creativity
• Mentoring AMATA Young Peoples' Classes, a project supported by AMATA that offers local young people to come into the building and be taught by Cheap Date Dance Company, a company formed by graduates of the Dance Performance course. The project aims to provide first-rate creative dance opportunities for the wider community, to build relationships with potential students of the future, and to offer employment to graduates
• Research collaboration with filmmaker Lucy Cash (Straybird) on practical dance improvisation and film building on work begun here at Falmouth www.lucycash.com
• Dance/Film/Animation Collaboration - working together with Katherine Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Animation to organise a student-led collaborative film project that highlights the cross-disciplinary possibilities for prospective students here at Falmouth
• Forthcoming Projects: An improvisation ‘playspace’ evening once a week for all students from AMATA to come together with local graduate band ‘GO! NEXT' to play live each week
• 2nd Cornwall International Improvisation Festival (Summer 2016) in association with DR@FT and Catherine Pinhorn Theatre after success of the first event with international teachers Rosalind Crisp and Andrew Morrish
• Participation in the Improvisation and Instant Composition workshops led by Michael Schumacher. Hennry Jurriens Foundation, Amsterdam (July 2015).
Simon Birch - Course Co-ordinator Dance & Choreography
• 'Transmission - the choreography of epidemiology': A design-led interactive installation and contemporary dance piece that researched a variety of creative responses to infectious networks (disease, memes) and how changes at a molecular level can have global consequences. Supported by Falmouth University, York University, C2D2, Wellcome, Arts Council and DARE. The resulting work was shown as part of York Festival of Ideas, Summer 2014. Documentary film premiered at Media City, University of Salford Autumn 2014.
Collaborators: Lead Artist and Producer - Becs Andrews; Lead Scientist - Professor Mike Brockhurst (York University); Choreographer - Simon Birch (Falmouth University); Composer - Jon Hughes; Visual Programmer - Phill Tew; Sound Programmer - Dr.Tom Mitchell (UWE); Electronic Engineer Seb Madgwick; Lighting Designer - Louise Gregory; Dancers - Isabel Slingerland, James Southward, Polly Motley and Debbi Purtill
• Forthcoming Research: Shoreline - creation of an original dance and choral work to be performed live at different coastal locations in Cornwall (Summer 2016). The project will involve research into site-specific dance performance; the development of public creative engagement and participation activities; the development of primary school education programme; engaging and working with Cornwall community choirs. Support being sort from FEAST; Arts Council; Falmouth University; Dance Republic 2; National Trust
Emily Dobson - Lecturer in Dance Techniques and Improvisation
• Creation Space: Dance, Theatre & Film Collective. Funded by Hall for Cornwall the collective will work on a Research and Development period with informal sharing. The collective is made up of dancer Stuart Waters (Protein, Motionhouse), international theatre director Agneiszka Blonska (Wildworks), dramaturgy with Bec Applebee (Kneehigh), filmmaker Brett Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh) and Emily Dobson
• Freefall Summer Intensive: www.freefalldance.co.uk Supported by our partners Falmouth University, HfC and Arts Council England. The annual Intensive ran since 2011 engages with dancers in training (16yrs +), through to professional dancers and has a National reach. Run at AMATA the two day event offers opportunity for prospective students to meet and train with current students and graduates from the dance course
• Impulstanz International Dance Festival: A week long intensive working with ex Ultima Vez dancer Laura Aris. To support personal training; research into body training; approaches to creative and performative aspects of creating work as a dancer and maker; observing teaching methods to support engagement on the undergraduate programe on the Dance & Performance course.
• Freefall Dance; Company Development & Touring: Funding Successful (Arts council England). Over a two year period Freefall have launched as a company, developed a strong participatory strand which includes the Summer Intensive, created a triple bill of work over a five week residency at AMATA and are currently touring across the South West during Spring and Autumn 2015. The tour includes commissioned work by established choreographer Simon Birch and award winning choreographer Yael Flexer
• Dancer with Simon Birch to create Shoreline: An original dance and choral work to be performed live at different coastal locations in Cornwall (Summer 2016). Support being sort from FEAST, Arts Council, Falmouth University, Dance Republic 2 and National Trust.
• End of the Line - Dancer www.emilydobson.co.uk working with theatre director Agneiszka Blonska & the 50 Degrees Choir, supported by Pop Up Penzance, FEAST and Exchange Gallery Penzance. Research includes methods to create and perform solo improvisational material responding to the subject matter of Cornwall as home, the gallery and theatre spaces as performance spaces, music and text generated by the choir and shaped by Anna Maria Murphy. Performed at The Exchange Gallery, Penzance and International Giving Voice Festival
Katrina Brown - Senior Lecturer in Choreography
• June/July 2014: what remains and is to come: A Document - Artist book publication: an extension of the performance installation and research project what remains and is to come in collaboration with research artist/choreographer Rosanna Irvine.The book includes photographic images, video stills, scores and essays by Ramsay Burt, Mark Leahy and Ivana Ivković. The project was supported by Arts Council England, Dance4, Middlesex University
• July 2015: A 2-week research residency at the Centre for Dance Research L'Animal a L'Esquena, Celra, Girona, Catalonia in relation to PhD research around documenting processes of drawing and body-surface intersects and towards final submission of practice
• October 2014: PhD Confirmation of Route
• Performances: Etsbeest (project for pre-school children) at Tout Petites Festival, Nantes, France (15-17 October 2014) and The Big Draw Cumbria (1st November 2014)
• I'm only doing this : solo scores II and Q&A at Extrapool Visual Arts Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Nov 11/12th 2014)