Robert Vesty

actor/dancer/improviser/artist-scholar/educator
United Kingdom °1973
research interests: improvisation, speech, dance, materiality, Cognitive processes, vocality, Vocal performance
affiliation: Royal Holloway University London; Middlesex University
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Robert is a part-time PhD candidate in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, having been awarded a Crosslands Scholarship.

 

His practice-led research project Material Words for Speaking Dancers, is an examination of vocal material, and the material vocal, in improvised dance, or dance-related, performance practices. In particular it focuses on speaking and listening and how this invites a (re)establishing of an auditory appreciation of dance. The artistic research is embedded in the pedagogical and performance practices of Ruth Zaporah (US), Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES) and Billie Hanne (BE); each serving as examples of practice where text, poetry and narrative play central roles in the improvised production of choreographic material.

 

Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. He is a London-based performer, with a background in theatre and a continued practice in dance. He performs regularly in dance contexts using improvisation as a tool for making, often including voice and spoken-word as part of the immediately choreographed material. He is a member of the 5-strong collective anthologyofamess.  He graduated as a practitioner in the Feldenkrais method in August 2015.

 

Publications: “A Piece for Two (Lovers)”, for RiDE Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, published 2017; guest-editor on a special 'Words and Dance' issue of the journal Choreographic Practices, published 2017; “Ten Days in Tarbena”, for Handbook of Improvisation (OUP), due to be published 2018.

 


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