Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID)
CIRID brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers with an interest in dance to explore its many facets.
Research into dance at DMU characteristically offers a range of perspectives and approaches to the exploration of dance. It embraces diversity, and connects research from different research centres, areas and disciplines. This is what makes dance research at DMU distinctive.
Colleagues contributing to this interdisciplinary Centre include researchers in dance, adaptations, creative technologies, drama, English literature, fine art, music, performance and theatre.
Research activities are wide and inclusive. They include the following broad fields: Dance history, dance pedagogy, practice as research, professional practice, improvisation, collaborative practice, dance and music, dance and new media, archives, adaptations, modernism studies, performance research and performance philosophy.
Dance research at DMU has an internationally recognised research profile. Members’ research has included major monographs, research-based performances and articles in all the major dance research journals. They have co-organised international conferences. DMU is home to nationally significant dance archives.
CIRID will make a unique contribution to dance research. Its interdisciplinary approach will open up new areas of research into dance in the UK and globally.
The new centre was formally launched on Wednesday 14 September, celebrating CIRID’s work with addresses from DMU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, dance scholars, sector leaders and students, followed by a networking lunch and a performance by dancers and musicians from the Centre.
On Friday 4 November choreographer Akram Khan MBE will be in conversation with Jayne Stevens of CIRID about his work and his relationship with the city of Leicester. The event is organised in association with Curve (where Akram will be performing Until the Lions 3 – 5 November). Akram is an alumnus of De Montfort University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to the arts by the University in 2004. He is an Associate Artist of Curve.
CIRID is a co-convenor with C-DaRE Coventry University and Centre for Dance Research University of Roehampton, of the international conference Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 April 2017.