Ben Spatz is a nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK and author of three books: What a Body Can Do (Routledge 2015), Blue Sky Body (Routledge 2020), and Making a Laboratory (Punctum 2020). Ben is editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research from Open Library of Humanities and the Advanced Methods imprint from Punctum Books, as well as co-convener of the Embodied Research Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research.
Ben’s critical and methodological proposals for audiovisual embodied research have been presented at nearly thirty institutions in eleven countries, ranging from large research universities to theater academies and conservatories. Ben has more than two decades of experience as a performer and director of contemporary performance, working mainly in New York City from 2001 to 2013. For more information, please visit: www.urbanresearchtheater.com
Rosamaria Cisneros is a professional dancer, curator, dance historian and critic, Romani scholar and peace activist. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department and received a Master’s degree in dance history and criticism from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Cisneros has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, curator and qualified teacher and has lived, taught and danced in various parts of the world. Cisneros is involved in various EU-funded projects whose aim is to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities. She sits on several boards such as the Roma Coventry Project, GRT Police Association (UK), Drom Kotar Mestipen -Romani Association of Women (Spain). She is also a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research in the UK. She is inspired by interdisciplinary work as well as by collaborative projects and work modes. Rosa also was a key member of the RomArchive dance section. The combination of the practical and the theoretical underpins all her academic research interests, as does working with vulnerable groups and using the arts and education to engage communities and encourage involvement in a more inclusive society. Indeed, her guiding principle is bringing people together. Cultural heritage and digital technologies also inform her current approach.
Cisneros has organised various festivals and exhibitions and her dance films have been screened in the UK, US, Colombia, Mexico and Germany and her latest medium length-documentary won the prize for best documentary awarded by the Eurofilm Summer edition festival in 2016. She has launched her own production company, RosaSenCis Film Productions which created one film for the Oral History Project of the UK-based Society for Dance Research and has several screendance films, short documentaries recently directed the Dancing Bodies in Coventry Project that started to capture the dance legacy of the city of Coventry, UK. Cisneros also works closely with the Centre for Research on Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities (CREA) at the University of Barcelona and completed her PhD in Sociology.
Michele Feder-Nadoff is an anthropologist (PhD, El Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico), artist (MFA, BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Fulbright Scholar (2010-11). She is the editor of Rhythm of Fire: The Art & Artisans of Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán, Mexico and director-producer of Night-Blooming Jasmine, the accompanying documentary video. Feder-Nadoff presents lectures, workshops and seminars internationally. Her work as a scholar-educator is informed by her artistic practice and community-engagement, including director of Cuentos Foundation, an arts and culture organization co-founded with other social-activists, 1998-2009. Feder-Nadoff is currently working on Presence of Absence: An Anthropology of Making based upon her long-term apprenticeship with master artisans in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico. Exhibitions include mid-career retrospectives at the Rockford Art Museum and Brauer Museum of Art, and permanent mural and sculptural installations at the University of Wrocław, Poland. https://mfedernadoff.academia.edu
Caroline Gatt is an anthropologist (PhD Aberdeen) and theatre practitioner. Her recent publications include "Breathing Beyond Embodiment: Exploring Emergence, Grieving and Song in Laboratory Theatre" (2020), the monograph An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism: Becoming Friends of the Earth (2018), the special issue ‘Collaborative Knowing: Considering Onto/Epistemology in Collaboration’, Collaborative Anthropologies Vol. 10 (1–2) as editor, and the collaborative and multimodal collected volume The Voices of the Pages (2017/2018 Overprint) also as editor.
She is currently developing possibilities of both research and teaching towards regenerative scholarship. For more details: https://culanth.org/fieldsights/sketches-for-regenerative-scholarship
Elizabeth de Roza is a practitioner-researcher|educator, performance maker, theatre director and actor-movement trainer. She co-convenes the Embodied Research Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research. Her methodology in performance-making and actor-movement training comes from an embodied foundation of traditional Asian theatrical training/performing methods, martial arts (kalaripayattu) and soft-fireworks, a contemporary, cross-cultural embodied technique in performance practice. Elizabeth's research interests focus on embodied experiences, thinking and practice through making, embodied cognition and cross-cultural performance at the intersections of both decolonial and feminist theories. She has presented her research and methodology at various international conferences, universities, theatre conservatories and led master workshops for theatre companies. She holds a PhD (Theatre and Performance) from Goldsmiths, University of London. As a practising artist, Elizabeth's works range from site-specific social engagement to cross-cultural | disciplinary performances and intense black-box physical performances. She has collaborated on many international performance projects with a focus on embodied cultural memories in conjunction with other disciplines and presented them at various prestigious contemporary theatre festivals in South America, Europe, UK, Asia. For more information, please visit www.elizabethderoza.com.