Dr Sara Giddens (Reader in Choreographic Practice) 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 entitled Still Small Acts in 2015, co-hosted by Dance4 and Middlesex University. She continues to develop, make and tour performance-based work with Prof Simon Jones (Bristol University) through their company Bodies in Flight (1990). Bodies in Flight are celebrating 30 years of making performance with exhibitions and performances at The Wickham Bristol (February 9th) and at Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham) on June 21st 2019 prior to an international tour www.bodiesinflight.co.uk
Sara Giddens Some Thoughts about Writing…for Those about to Embark on a Practice-Based PhD
A PhD demands languaging. As makers and researchers, we must find ways that speak of, alongside and out of the body, particularly within such a text-based academic economy. As such, this writing is intended as an invitation. An invitation to consider the need to write about and from practice, from a makers’ point of view. To wrestle with and adequately articulate experiential somatically based practices, so that the body doesn’t simply disappear.