About Us

ResCen Research Centre, Middlesex University

ResCen, Research Centre, is a multi-disciplinary, artist–focused research centre. It is designed to link academia, the practices of professional artists and the contexts within which they work. Established in 1999 at Middlesex University, London, ResCen is centrally concerned with the ways in which the artist, working under the usual pressures of the arts marketplace, can be enabled to:

    • reflect on her/his own creative processes;
    • document these processes;
    • make these materials, musings and critical reflections available to others;
    • participate in knowledge exchange and transfer across research disciplines, professional specialisms and in a variety of social contexts;
    • contribute to policy and strategy debates in the arts nationally and internationally.

Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella is London’s international Dance festival. We shine a light on new choreography every autumn, sharing memorable shows from around the world with audiences across the capital.

We are committed to taking dance out and bringing audiences in by touring in inner and outer London, broadening definitions of contemporary dance, and developing partnerships with non-dance venues and organisations such as The Old Vic, Battersea Power Station, Complicité, Somerset House and local councils.

Founded in 1978, Dance Umbrella has reached audiences of well over a million people. Pioneering commissions by world class choreographers have been presented at sites ranging from rooftops to London parks, from Tate Modern to Sadler’s Wells. Emma Gladstone was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive in 2013, and in addition to the festival we now run digital projects, creative learning schemes and professional development programmes throughout the year.

Project Team

Project Lead:
Prof. Christopher Bannerman (ResCen)
Emma Gladstone (Dance Umbrella)
Anu Giri (Dance Umbrella)

Project Coordinator:
Carolina Courbis (ResCen & Dance Umbrella)
Pei Li Ng (ResCen)

Web and Design: Andrew Lang
Documentation & Editor: Andrew Lang

Cover photos: Jevan Chowdhury, Moving Cities
Dancers: Ivan Blackstock (DU2014+), Siobhan Davies (DU1985+),
Greta Mendez (DU1978+) & Freddie Opoku-Addaie (DU2010+)

All material copyright © 2018 ResCen Middlesex University and Dance Umbrella unless otherwise indicated

Further information: please contact Carolina Courbis