Dr Sara Giddens is a choreographer and creative facilitator. She also teaches on the Dance Performance and Teaching course at the University of Central Lancashire. Having worked on the Articulating Dance project, as part of Choreographic Lab, Sara completed a practice-based PhD, co-hosted by Dance4 and Middlesex University and supervised by Prof Vida Midgelow and Prof Jane Bacon. She continues to develop, make and tour performance-based work with Prof Simon Jones (Bristol University) through their company Bodies in Flight (1990). www.bodiesinflight.co.uk
Dr Rosanna Irvine is a Glasgow-based choreographer working in an expanded field of choreography. Her work operates in and between dance and visual art; it includes performance, installation, digital media and writing – including written choreographic scores. Works are presented in theatre, gallery and public spaces as well as on the page and online. She is drawn to the relational aspects of choreographic making, to the quietening of a sense of individual desire towards a sense of collectivity that Extends to audience and the material world. Her interests lie particularly in the capacities of choreographic processes to open spaces for a contemporary politics of being together. She works independently and in collaboration with choreographer Katrina Brown. She completed her PhD in 2015 and continues to develop aspects of this research with Dance4. http://rosannairvine.com/
Vida L Midgelow, Professor in Choreographic Practices, is an artist/scholar who works on PaR, improvisation and articulation processes. Her creative work focuses upon the development of scores for movement and an attentional working from impulse. She is currently editing the Oxford Handbook on Dance in Improvisation and is lead researcher for the ‘Artistic Doctorates in Europe’ project (EU funded). Midgelow co-edits the hybrid peer-reviewed journal, Choreographic Practices. She is Director of Research Degrees, Middlesex University and serves as Vice Chair, Dance4 Executive board.
Jane Bacon is Professor of Dance and Somatic Practices (University of Chichester) and also an Authentic Movement practitioner teaching on the Faculty of Janet Adler’s Circles of Four programme (www.disciplineofauthenticmovement.com). Her main research interests include, practice as research in dance and performance particularly the processes of ‘articulation’ of both theory and practice. Her own creative practice is interdisciplinary, drawing on ‘self’ as a creative source for performance making and her work as a Jungian Analyst/psychotherapist, Authentic Movement teacher and Focusing trainer deeply inform her research into creative practice.
Paul Russ has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Dance4, Nottingham since December 2008. Dance4 is an internationally renowned organisation that strives to question the future of the art form and its relationship to its locality. Since studying Contemporary Dance and Performance at Nottingham Trent University and volunteering on the Nottdance festival in the mid 90’s Paul has worked in a number of roles as dance professional, from programmer, educator, funder, commissioner and producer, for organisations including; Arts Council England, Cambsdance, Birmingham Rep, Audiences Central, The Old Town Hall Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. He now has responsibility for the strategic and artistic direction of Dance4 including; Nottdance, a biennial international festival of experimental dance and performance, Dance4’s new international Centre for Choreography (opened in 2016) and the East Midlands Centre for Advanced Training in Dance – a Government funded scheme for gifted and talented dancers. Particular areas of interest, to Paul, are increasing opportunity for disabled young people to have access to programmes of the highest quality that enable them to achieve in dance and in research to enable dance and choreography to share and exchange knowledge with other disciplines and sectors. Paul is currently Chair of Titled Productions, a trustee of Merseyside Dance Initiative, Chair of the Nottingham Strategic Cultural partnership and Vice-Chair of Governors for Oak Field School, Nottingham.