Maria Kapsali


Lecturer in Physical Performance,Office Hours Monday 10-11. I am currently working on a contracted monograph on technology and performer training (Routledge. 2018), exploring both practices of performer training through a post-phenomenological lens as well as more recent applications of digital technologies as performer training tools. I also co-edit with Dr Rebecca Loukes, from the University of Exeter, the Routledge Book Series Perspectives on Performer Training, am a convenor of the TaPRA Performer Training WG, and an editor of the Theatre Dance and Performance Training blog.

In 2017-2018 academic year, I shared a LITE Fellowship with Dr Scott Palmer on Mobile Phones and Digital Creativity. The project produced a number of outputs that can be viewed on SignalSpace. I have also convened, alongside Dr Scott McLaughlin and Dr Joslin McKinney, a series of research events on New Materialims and Artisitc Practice, as part of the Sadler Series Seminars.

Since 2014 I have been developing Sonolope, a system of movement sonification. This will be the basis of the Sonic Body, an event  offered as part of the Being Human Festival in Novemenr 2018 that will enable audiences to develop a multisensory engagement with sculpture. I have discussed my work with Snolope in a recent publication in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media :

As part of my ongoing interest in yoga and somatic practices, I have recently explored yoga as the basis for interdisciplinary  forms of creative expression in a project witth dancer and Ashtanga teacher Marie Hallage Andersen, entilted 'Two Trainers Prepare'.  The project consisted of a task based explroations that Andersen and I set for each other on alternate weeks. The whole project was hosted on the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Blog.





  • Postgraduate Research Tutor

Research interests

  •  philosophy of technology and the use of tools in performer training and somatic practice.
  • 20th and 21st c performer training regimes, processes and practitioners, in particular the use of psychophysical disciplines.
  • Yoga and somatics.
  • The historical, ideological and economic contexts of psychophysical practices, such as discoursesof health, fitness and self-development .
  • Cultural Industries and performing as a form of labour.
  • Knowledge production in practice-based research and the use of digital technologies as a means of documentation and dissemination.
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Professional memberships

  • TaPRA
  • IFTR
  • Society of Philosophy of Technology

Student education

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Research groups and institutes

  • Bodies & Performance
  • Performance, Training, Preparation & Pedagogy

Current postgraduate research students

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