Professor Rebecca Loukes

Research interests

·         Practices and histories of performer training

·         Practices and histories of devising

·         Intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to performance

·         Women and performance

·         Practice as Research

I am currently working on a book Translating Training (forthcoming, Routledge, 2019) re-looking at canonical histories of performer training through a particular ‘lost’ legacy of practice derived from German body awareness pioneer Elsa Gindler.  The book ‘translates’ key exercises across different performance, cultural and historical contexts to reveal the practices themselves but also to create an alternative approach to writing about performance.

Research collaborations

I am co-artistic director of RedCape Theatre www.redcapetheatre.co.uk which is produced by Turtle Key Arts www.turtlekeyarts.org based at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith www.lyric.co.uk

I am working with international network ArtsCross (http://rescen.net/events/ArtsCross_index.html#.WTUp29y1vcs) a long term initiative bringing together academics and artists across cultural, national and artistic borders.  The project is led by ResCen at Middlesex University and partners include QMUL, Sadlers Wells, The Place, Step Out Arts, Beijing Dance Academy, Taipei National University of the Arts, Shanghai Theatre Academy and Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.

Additionally, I am working with Dr Maria Kapsali at University of Leeds to develop a new book series for Routledge called Perspectives in Performer Training.