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Dr Sophia Lycouris

Director of the Graduate Research School

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

choreography, dance, movement, performance, interdisciplinarity, improvisation, composition, practice as research, site-specific work, body and space, movement and space, body/movement/space and interactive technologies, movement and/in urban environment

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Deree - American College of Greece
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Surrey
Destabilising dancing: Tensions between the theory and practice of improvisational performance
Master of Arts, University of Surrey

Professional Qualifications

Diploma of dancer and dance teacher in ballet and modern dance, Ralou Manou, Professional School of Dance, Athens, Greece

Biography

Sophia Lycouris is an academic interested in interdisciplinary research methodologies, including approaches informed by creative practice. She is also an artist working with movement/dance, choreography, improvisation and performance for over than twenty years, who has developed a long-term dialogue with new technologies. She was originally trained as a dancer and dance teacher in her native country Greece. During the 1980s, she danced with Greek Choreodrama and Dance Theatre Nafsika, before moving to Britain to study for an MA in Dance Studies and a practice-based PhD in dance improvisation (University of Surrey, 1996). Between 1996 and 2001, she directed dance company kunstwerk-blend, which was funded by the Arts Council England and performed in Britain, USA and Europe, alongside working as Senior Lecturer in Dance at Nottingham Trent University.

Between 2000 and 2003, she was an AHRB Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University and in 2003, she became Reader in Interdisciplinary Choreography. Between 2007 and 2011, and prior to the merger between Edinburgh College of Art (eca) and the University of Edinburgh in Agust 2011, she was Director of the Graduate Research School at the Edinburgh College of Art, focusing on the integration between theoretical and studio-based approaches to research, and the development of innovative models of doctoral provision, informed by both academic and professional research practices in the Arts (including Music and the Performing Arts), Design and Architecture/Landscape Architecture. Sophia has contributed to work undertaken in this field by national bodies such as the UK Council for Graduate Education (for details see Practice-Led Doctorates in the Arts, Design and Architecture in UKCGE's 2011 Report on Professional Doctorates in the UK), has supervised to completion ten doctoral students in a variety of areas across the Creative and Performing Arts, as well as examined externally an equivalent number of PhD candidates in similar areas.

Research Interests

Between 2000 and 2003, Sophia held an Arts and Humanities Research Board Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at the Nottingham Trent University (UK), focusing on the role of choreographic methods in interdisciplinary and collaborative contexts.During this period, she started experimenting with the use of choreographic methods in a variery of new media and formats, and introduced the terms  choreographic environments' and 'interdisciplinary choreography' (see her chapter in Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader).

Keywords: Dance, Choreography, Movement, Body, Space, Urban Environment, Performance, Composition, Improvisation, Site-specific, Interactive technologies, Interdisciplinarity, Research Methods, Practice as Research.

Current Research Interests

Sophia's most recent research interests expand across two areas: the use of new technologies in interdisciplinary choreographic projects (see projects Haptic Experiments and Emergent Objects - Snake) and the role of choreographic approaches in interdisciplinary projects which address movement in the social and public space in relation to issues of architecture, urban planning and social exclusion (see project Choreography of Social Movement and City Glimspes).

Research Groups

CIRCLE (Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Co llaborative Environments), University of Edinburgh and other

Joint Action Research group, University of Edinburgh

Disability Studies Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Arts and Dementia Research Group, University of Edinburgh

"Reality Check": perception in the arts Research Group, University of Edinburgh

FUSION art and neuroscience, University of Edinburgh

FemTechNet network

SenseLab, Concordia University

 

Research students

Main supervision areas

choreography, dance, movement, performance, interdisciplinarity, improvisation, composition, practice as research, site-specific work, body and space, movement and space, body/movement/space and interactive technologies, movement and/in urban environment

 

Current Students

 

PhD

Lyndsay Mann (Fine Art/Moving Image)

Susanne Fallouh (Design/ Interior Design and Textiles)

Andrew Sneddon (Fine Art)

Eleni-Ira Panourgia (Fine Art)

Styliani Mygdali (Architecture)

Ines Coelho (Choreography) - Glasgow School of Art

Lisa Naas (Design - Glass)

Advisor for: Gregor McAlpine (Printmaking)

 

MPhil

Gerard Jefferson Lewis (Photography)

Kenneth Chau (Photography)

Seungyun Ruy (Fine Art)

Biung Ismahasan (Fine Art)

 

PhD Completions

 

Edinburgh College of Art (2007-2015)

Michael Klien (Choreography)

Lisa Watts (Performance)

Jenny Triggs (Illustration)

Sue Hawksley (Choreography)

Beatriz Cantinho (Choreography)

Jessica Harrison (Sculpture)

Esra Oskay (Fine Art/Drawing and Painting)

 

Nottingham Trent University (2000-2007)

Sharon Smith (Choreography)

Fiona Wright (Choreography)

Jonathan Willett (Fine Art)

Mirja Koponen (Fine Art)

 

 

Teaching

- Research Methods course for MPhil, PhD and MSc by Research students across Edinburgh College of Art

- Contributions to several Postgraduate degrees, including MSc by Research in Interdisciplinary Practice (ECA), MSc in Cultural Studies (ECA), MSc in Dance Science and Education (Moray House), MSc Design and Digital Media and MSc Sound Design (ECA)

- Contributions to Undergraduate Courses such as Research Methods in Design, and Undergraduate degrees such as MArch

Administrative Roles

Programme Director - MSc in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices

 

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Choreographic environments: new technologies and movement-related artistic work

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Performance Robot or Interactive Kinetic Sculpture?: A Dialogue between Choreography, Product Design and Control Technology

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Choreohaptic Experiments

    Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

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Research activities & awards

  1. CommonsFest: A Festival of the Commons

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. British HCI 2015

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. concurrent

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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