Mx Robert Vesty

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Robert Vesty 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, has engaged, predominantly, the improvisational training (workshops/courses/classes) conducted by three contemporary independent performance practitioners - Ruth Zaporah (US) who has developed a form of improvisational performance known as Action Theater™; dancer/musician/poet Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES); and dancer/poet Billie Hanne (BE). These practices variously fuse improvised dance and improvised speech in performance. Together with his own improvisational performance works and experiments, he asks how performers can access and develop material knowledge of voice and speech and how, this can be deployed alongside more readily recognisable choreographic material in the context of dance improvisation.

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 five-strong performance collective anthologyofamess and performs regularly in London. He graduated as a practitioner of 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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