Sarah Whatley

Exploring Pedagogy with Choreographic Objects Scott deLahunta - researcher, writer, consultant with Sarah Whatley - Coventry University
The starting point for this talk will be a series of three exploratory workshops titled ‘Choreographic Objects: traces and artefacts of physical intelligence’ ( that
focused on four collaborative research projects involving the choreographers Wayne McGregor, Siobhan Davies, William Forsythe and Emlio
Greco | PC (Pieter C. Scholten) to explore the potential of interactive digital media and related technologies to document, represent, transmit and
disseminate aspects of their artistic practice
This talk will focus on the specifically pedagogical possibilities of these projects; how these objects support learning and shift thought about collaboration and the value of process. To include curricula development both within the dance discipline, both practical and scholarly training, as well as across disciplines including architecture and design, with speculative consideration of cognitive science and philosophy.


Sarah Whatley began her career as a performer and choreographer with touring companies in the 1980s and 1990s.She has worked at Coventry for more than two-decades, introducing the first degree course in dance in 1997 before moving into the role of Head of Performing Arts from 1998 until 2007 when she took over the Direction of CeMAP to focus on her research and practice. Specialising in dance analysis and the interface between dance and digital technologies, she is collaborating with British choreographer Siobhan Davies as project leader of the AHRC-funded Siobhan Davies Archive; the UK s first digital dance archive. Her recent publication Moving Matters has emerged from a long period of research into dance pedagogies, particularly dance and disability. She leads artist development programmes that bring together dance and moving image makers, and which support dance artists working in health contexts. She sits on numerous boards and edits the international Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, published by Intellect.