Academic research

Academic research

Academic research

In 2001 Kim Brandstrup initiated and directed a research project 'Prolegomena to Choreographic Action' on choreography and our perception of motion and movement. By invitation of Professor Susan Melrose two subsequent projects were done in collaboration with University of Middelsex and KB has since 2003 been a research fellow there .

He was awarded a three year AHRB research-grant with the title 'Narrativity at play in Contemporary Dance" 2003-2006.

Academic research Projects

Theorising 'Brandstrup at work'

Kim Brandstrup & Susan Melrose
Middelsex University, March 2006

This text is an extended interview with Susan Melrose, entitled “Theorising 'Kim Brandstrup At Work'”: in this interview we effectively ‘stage' an enquiry between a professional choreographer and an academic writer, working to the principle that theoretical perspectives central to the writer should be approached as ‘notional'. We wanted the ways of seeing of the choreographer to remain uppermost in the discussion, but we wanted not to avoid theoretical questions which seemed to the writer to resonate with my practice.

The instant before choice: a choreographer's practical speculations on time and perception

Kim Brandstrup & Niki Pollard
Dedicated to Nina Fonaroff (1913-2003)

The instant before choice: a choreographer's practical speculations on time and perception.

The instant before choice: a choreographer's practical speculations on time and perception

Matters of time

Arc Dance Company/Middlesex University
Jerwood Space , London,December 2002

Second research seminar in "Prolegomena to Choreographic Action" series focusing on our perception of time and the choreographic means at our disposal for manipulating and morphing this perception - giving the illusion of contracting , expanding , suspending, accelerating how we perceive time in a dance piece.

Matters of time

Prolegomena to Choreographic Action 2001



Arc Dance Company/Middlesex University
Jerwood Space , London, June 2001

First of a series of research workshops about peception of movement.

"The purpose of these research workshops was to explore and debate some fundamental aspects of the choreographic process, independent of genre and style.

By investigating basic concepts of our perception and cognition of movement including perceptual organisation, memory systems and retrieval, the course set out to explore how we 'see' and what makes us 'see', focusing on our agreement or shared perception and experience. working towards defining the position of the outside eye as a vital part of choreographic creation. "

Prolegomena to Choreographic Action 2001