My main research interests relate to the themes of rhythm, embodiment, ensemble and improvisation within performance and training. This interdisciplinary research includes ongoing practical and theoretical enquiry into the pedagogy and performance of theatre and music, as well as historical and theoretical research into embodied understandings and approaches to rhythm across a range of contexts including theatre, dance, music, language and other cultural practices.
My PhD, completed in 2013 at Huddersfield University, investigated the role of rhythm within various approaches to actor training. This research can be found in my thesis Via Rhythmos, which is available online. Building on this research, I have written a book, Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understanding, published by Bloomsbury, Methuen Drama in July 2017. Over the last few years I have also presented a number of research papers at conferences including Rhythm as Pattern and Variation : Political, Social and Artistic Inflections – Goldsmiths University, London, 2016, the 3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies at the Université Laval, Québec, Canada, and the III Jornadas Internacionales el Ritmo en las Artes, Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. See writings for more details.
One of the practical outcomes of my PhD research was a body of work, titled Orbits. This practice is made up of a collection of training forms involving polyrhythmic movement choreographies. Further details of this work can be found here.
Video footage of other training practices documented for my PhD can also be seen via the following links:
Previous Research Projects
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
- Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings. London: Bloomsbury, 2017
- ‘The Ins and Outs of Tempo-rhythm‘ in Stanislavski Studies, Issue 4, 2014, p. 146
- ‘Collaborating in Time: The Formation of Ensemble Through Rhythm’ in Encountering Ensemble (Ed.) John Britton. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
- ‘Looking for the Empty Spaces – The Ensemble Theatre Practices of John Britton‘. in Total Theatre Magazine, April 2009.
- ‘From Pulse to Polyrhythm: Commonality and Diversity of Rythm in Acting and Performance’ at the III Jornadas Internacionales el Ritmo en las Artes, Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Argentina. To be published in 2018 in Revista VIS: Universidad de Brasilia, November 2017
- ‘Tuning: Preparing to Perform Gaudete with OBRA Theatre Co’ presented to the Performer Training Working Group at TaPRA 2017, Salford University and published online via the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog, September 2017
- ‘Finding Play: The Rhythms of Play in Actor Training and Performance’ at the 3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, Universite Laval, Quebec City, August 2017
- ‘Rhythm and the Ecstatic Performer’ @ Rhythm as Pattern and Variation : Political, Social and Artistic Inflections – Goldsmiths University London 23 March 2016
- ‘Rhythm in Improvisation Based Actor Training’ @ Theatre Seminars Series, Glasgow University 25 February 2016.
- ‘The Rhythmic Actor: (en)training through proto-musical technologies’ @ European Theatre Research Network Spring Research Season, University of Kent, January 2013.
- ‘Dancing Fractal Time‘. In: Encountering Synchronous Time @ Performance Studies international Cluster, Athens, November 2011.
- ‘Evolving Relationships: Rhythms of an Ensemble’, @ Encountering Ensemble Symposium, University of Huddersfield, September 2010.
- ‘Sources of Rhythm: An Anthropocosmic Enquiry‘, @ Grotowski: After – Alongside – Around – Ahead, symposium, University of Kent, June 2009.
- Via Rhythmós. Unpublished PhD Thesis. The University of Huddersfield. Completed March 2013