Robert Vesty

United Kingdom °1973
research interests: improvisation, speech, dance, materiality, Cognitive processes, vocality, Vocal performance
affiliation: Royal Holloway University London; Middlesex University


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.


Their practice-led research project Material Words for Voicing Dancers, follows an enquiry into the role of voicing in some examples of 21st Century improvised dance (or associated) performance practice. In particular it focuses on voicing-and-listening as a process of ensounding the body. The practice-led research has been 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; a London-based performer, with a background in theatre and a continued practice in dance. They perform regularly in dance contexts using improvisation as a tool for making, often including voice and spoken-word as part of the immediately choreographed material. Robert is a member of the performance collective anthologyofamess - a home for performance activities in various and fluid forms. They 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.