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Ben Spatz is author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge 2015); Arts & Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow (2016-2018); and Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield. They convene the Embodied Research Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research and edit the new videographic Journal of Embodied Research published by Open Library of Humanities.

Recent talks and workshops include a series of performative research presentations with Nazlıhan Eda Erçin and Agnieszka Mendel at University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Kent, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre at CUNY, NYU Performance Studies, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London; as well as solo invited talks and workshops at University of Cardiff, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Aberdeen and elsewhere. Recent articles have been published in the journals Performance Philosophy, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Liminalities.

For more information and audiovisual materials please visit <www.urbanresearchtheater.com>.

Research Expertise and Interests

• Actor training and acting technique

• Theatres of musicality and song

• Epistemologies of embodiment and practice

• Intersections of performing, martial, healing, and ritual arts

• Ethics and politics of embodied training and discipline

• Cultural and sexual identities as areas of embodied knowledge

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Projects 2016 2018

Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Song-Action

Spatz, B.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2008 2018

Diaspora (An Illuminated Video Essay)

Spatz, B., Ercin, N., Mendel, A. & Spatz-Rabinowitz, E. 6 Jul 2018 In : Global Performance Studies. 2, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
research method

Mad Lab: or why we can’t do practice as research

Spatz, B. 2018 Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact. Arlander, A., Barton, B., Dreyer-Lude, M. & Spatz, B. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 209-223 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Practice as Research

Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact

Arlander, A. (ed.), Barton, B. (ed.), Dreyer-Lude, M. (ed.) & Spatz, B. (ed.) 2018 London and New York: Routledge. 360 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The Video Way of Thinking

Spatz, B. 10 Jan 2018 In : South African Theatre Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Embodied Knowledge
Everyday Life
Recording Technology

Choreography as Research: Iteration, Object, Context

Spatz, B. 13 Dec 2017 Contemporary choreography: A critical reader. Butterworth, J. & Wildschut, L. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social process

Activities 2015 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

Judaica Research Tour

Spatz, B. (Speaker)
31 Aug 201731 Oct 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Out from the Egg of Silence: For a Topology of Song

Spatz, B. (Speaker)
11 Nov 2015

Activity: Oral presentation