Dance Dialogues: Copyright of Dance


Geraldine Morris invites three speakers at this Dance Dialogues event to discuss the legal and philosophical concept of the originality and copyright of a dance work. This event will be of interest to choreographers, dance producers, artists from other disciplines who are collaborating with dance artists, students, and researchers.

Please note: The event will be preceded by the Society for Dance Research’s AGM at 6pm.

Tickets: £5 / £3 concessions (plus booking fee) / FREE for SDR members
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Professor Charlotte Waelde

Charlotte’s research interests centre on the role of intellectual property law within the cultural (heritage) sector and within the digital environment.  She has written widely at the intersections of intellectual property law, digitisation and culture. She moved at the start of March 2016 to work as Professor of Intellectual Property Law in the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University – reinforcing her commitment to cross and interdisciplinary research in the cultural sector.  She has sole and co-authored a number of articles with cross-disciplinary intersections and which have been published in a range of national and international journals.  Recent and forthcoming articles include: A new foundation: physical integrity, disabled dance and cultural heritage (with K Wood et al) Intellect (forthcoming 2016); Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities and Copyright (with A Brown) Geiger (ed); Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar (2014); Let’s Dance! But who owns it? (2014) 36 EIPR 217 (with S Whatley and M Pavis); Validation and Virtuosity: Perspectives on Difference and Authorship/Control in Dance (with S Whatley; A Brown; S Harmon) Dance Research Journal 2014; Music and Dance: Beyond Copyright Text? SCRIPT-ed, vol. 8, no. 3, 2011, 257-291 (with P Schlesinger); Performers on the Edge, Audiovisual Thinking, no. 3, 2011 (with P Schlesinger).

Francis Yeoh

Francis Yeoh obtained his degree in law (University of Singapore), his MA at Roehampton University and completed his doctoral thesis Copyright law does not adequately accommodate the art form of dance at Birkbeck, University of London. He continues to contribute articles on dance and copyright to dance and legal journals.

Anna Pakes

Anna Pakes is Reader in Dance Studies at University of Roehampton. Her research and teaching is focused on philosophy of dance, primarily from an analytic philosophical perspective. She is currently in the final stages of completing a book on the ontology of dance works, investigating historically and philosophically what kinds of things dances are. She has also published on phenomenology and dance, the mind-body problem and the epistemology of dance research, and is an active member of both the British Society of Aesthetics and the American Society for Aesthetics.

Geraldine Morris

Geraldine Morris danced with the Royal Ballet during the 1960s.  She is a Reader in dance studies in the Dance Department of Roehampton University where she teaches BA and MA students and supervises PhDs. She regularly presents papers at conferences and has written for peer-reviewed journals Her monograph, Frederick Ashton’s Ballets: Style, Performance, Choreography was published in 2012 by Dance Books.

Dance Dialogues is a new series of events launched in 2016, aimed at providing unique and stimulating opportunities for dance researchers and practitioners to engage in lively discussions, debates and sharings, curated and organised by members of the Society’s Executive Committee.

With thanks to Sadler’s Wells for providing the venue for this event.

The Society for Dance Research is an internationally focused, British-based non-profit society that supports and develops scholarly interests in all forms of dance through seminars, conferences, performances, and publications. Our journal, Dance Research, is addressed to scholars and practitioners working within the many disciplines which constitute dance studies, providing an international forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary dance research.


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