Laura's current research interests include the relationship between dance and the archive, digital archive and performance practices, intergenerational dance performance, theories of embodiment and dance writing and criticism. Laura's PhD thesis entitled ‘Dance and the Archival Body: Knowledge, Memory and Experience in Dance Revival Processes’ focussed upon notions of archive in relation to contemporary dance practice. This research was facilitated through an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award and was facilitated through a partnership with contemporary dance repertory company Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Laura Griffiths is a senior Lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts. She has an established background in dance research and teaching within Higher Education. Professional industry experience has encompassed project management within the arts, dance teaching in community settings, lecturing and research project assistance. Laura was Project Manager and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for ‘Respond’ (www.respondto.org), a partnership between Yorkshire Dance, University of Leeds and Breakfast Creatives. The partnership was supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the arts (Nesta, ACE, AHRC) and has involved the testing of a digital adaptation of American Choreographer Liz Lerman‘s renowned Critical Response Process in order to explore the potential for digital technologies to deepen and widen audience engagement with contemporary dance.