Dr Clare Lidbury

Reader in Performing Arts

Email address: c.lidbury@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323193 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Dance

About

Clare has worked in several Higher Education Institutions in which her teaching has ranged from modules in dance technique, dance history, and musical theatre to modules in German Expressionism, dance from culture to culture, and health and well-being. She has performed in the UK and Europe, choreographed for plays and operas and been part of the preservation process of the Kurt Jooss repertoire through work with dance companies in the USA and Europe.

Research interests

  • European Modern Dance, particularly the work and legacy of Kurt Jooss, Sigurd Leeder and Jane Winearls, and their debt to the work of Rudolf Laban.
  • Labanotation, as a tool for the preservation and reconstruction of dance works.
  • Dance in Children's Literature

Clare is currently supervising a number of PhD students in these or related areas, and welcomes applications from prospective students.

Qualifications

  • PhD “Kurt Jooss and The Green Table: The Man and his Masterpiece” The University of Birmingham
  • M.A. Twentieth Century Dance Studies, The University of Birmingham
  • B.A. (Special Hons.) Music, Drama and Dance, The University of Birmingham
  • Labanotation Teacher Certification, Dance Notation Bureau, New York

Publications

Publications & Conferences

Publications

  • Lidbury, Clare. “Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder: Refugees, Battle, Aftermath”, Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London) 2012, Amsterdam/Atlanta: Editions Rodopi, 2012

Books

  • Lidbury, Clare. Kurt Jooss: Big City, London: Dance Books, 2000
  • Lidbury, Clare and Adamson, Andy (Eds) The Jooss Conference: 60 years of The Green Table, The University of Birmingham, 1994

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Lidbury, Clare. “Dear Jane…affectionately Doris H.: The friendship of Doris Humphrey and Jane Winearls”, Dance Chronicle, Vol 32, No 2, Summer 2009 pp263-290
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Jooss Heritage – one perspective” CORD (Congress on Research in Dance), USA, Vol 35, no 2, Winter/Summer 2004 pp171-180
  • Lidbury, Clare. “Dance: A Living Legacy of Building Bridges” (CORD/NDEO Conference Report, Rhode Island, June 2002) Research in Dance Education, Vol 4, No 1, April 2003 pp63-65
  • Lidbury, Clare. “Farewell to the Dancing Don” New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, Vol 70, January 2003 pp192-194
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Preservation of the works of Kurt Jooss” in Preservation Politics (proceedings of the Preservation Politics Conference, Roehampton Institute, 1998) edited by Stephanie Jordan, London: Dance Books April 2001 pp89-96
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Big City Project” Research in Dance Education, Vol 1, No 1, April 2000, pp39-51
  • Lidbury, Clare. “Le Grand Concours de Chorégraphie, 1932” in Lidbury, Clare and Adamson, Andy (Eds) The Jooss Conference: 60 years of The Green Table, The University of Birmingham, 1994, pp1-14
  • Lidbury, Clare “The Green Table in its Political and Cultural Context” in Lidbury, Clare and Adamson, Andy (Eds) The Jooss Conference: 60 years of The Green Table, The University of Birmingham, 1994, pp24-37

Electronic Media

  • Labanotation score for Vocalise, (PC CD-ROM) created and designed by Jacqueline Smith-Autard and Jim Schofield, Bedford Interactive, September 2008
  • Labanotation score for Motifs for a Solo Dancer, (PC CD-ROM) created and designed by Jacqueline Smith-Autard and Jim Schofield, Bedford Interactive, November 2003

Other Publications

  • Lidbury, Clare. “Anna Markard” [obituary] Movement, Dance and Drama, Vol 30, No 1, Spring 2011, p17
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Green Table”, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, (programme) Royal Opera House Publications, October 1992 (reprinted for the following season, February 1994)
  • G.C.S.E. set studies in Labanotation (ballet and contemporary dance) for London and East Anglian Group and Northern Examination and Assessment Board, 1988-1994
  • Several Book reviews for New Theatre Quarterly 

Conference Papers

  • Lidbury, Clare. "Jooss' Legacy: Fathers, Daughters and Preserving the Assets" Laban Guild Conference, The Place, London, April 1st 2017
  • Lidbury, Clare. " Rudolf Laban and Kurt Jooss: The good, the bad and the very [un]fortunate" Laban Guild Conference, Plaistow, London, March 28th, 2015
  • Lidbury, Clare. “Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder: Refugees, Battle, Aftermath” German-speaking exiles in the performing arts in Britain and Germany 1933 to present, Conference at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, September 2011
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Jooss Heritage”, Dance – A living Legacy Conference, CORD/NDEO, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, June 2002
  • Lidbury, Clare and Adamson, Andy, “Duo and Duality in Jooss’s Big City”, Festival of European University Dance, Estudanse, University of Paris 13, May 1999
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Preservation of the works of Kurt Jooss”, Preservation Politics Conference, Roehampton Institute, November 1998
  • Lidbury, Clare. “Le Grand Concours de Choregraphie, 1932”, The Jooss Conference: 60 years of The Green Table, The University of Birmingham, October 1994
  • Lidbury, Clare. “The Green Table in its Political and Cultural Context”, The Jooss Conference: 60 years of The Green Table, The University of Birmingham, October 1994

Experience in industry

Employment History

  • Sept 2002 - August 2005: Lecturer in Dance, Head of Subject, The University of Birmingham, School of Education, Course Leader MA Applied Dance Studies
  • April 1989 - August 2002: Lecturer in Dance, The University of Birmingham, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Oct 1987 - Mar 1989: Research Assistant, Interactive Video Research Project, Bedford College of Higher Education, School of Human Movement
  • Sept 1986 - Sept 1987: Lecturer in Dance (part time) Worcester College of Higher Education, Dance Department
  • Sept 1984 - Sept 1987: Lecturer in Dance (part time), London College of Dance and Drama and Bedford College of Higher Education (joint appointment)
  • Oct 1983 - Dec 1985: Lecturer in Drama and Dance (part time), Kidderminster College of Further Education

Other Work Experience

In-service courses for The National Resource Centre for Dance and the Labanotation Institute at Surrey University, Hereford and Worcester Education Authority and the Birmingham Royal Ballet;

Community dance experience includes teaching for the University of Birmingham’s Recreation Scheme, Midlands Arts Centre and Worcester 6th Form College, Assistant Director of Bedfordshire Youth Dance Group

Professional Activities

  • External Examiner, University of Bedford, 2015 - 2018, BA (Hons) Dance and Professional Practice
  • External Examiner, Royal Academy of Dance, 2010 – 2014, BA (Hons) Dance Education
  • External Examiner, University of Limerick, 2009 – 2013, MA Dance Education
  • External Examiner, University of Leeds, 2005 – 2009, BA (Hons) Dance
  • External Examiner, Laban Centre, June 1996 – 1998, BA (Hons) Dance
  • External Advisor, Royal Academy of Dance, BA (Hons) re-validation panel, summer 2009
  • External Advisor, University of Bedford, Performing Arts Panel, summer 2008
  • External Advisor, University of Leeds, BA (Hons) Dance 2004-5
  • Member of Standing Committee on Dance in Higher Education (SCoDHE)
  • Editor, Movement, Dance and Drama, magazine of the Laban Guild (ISSN1750-4538)
  • SCoDHE vice–chair, Jan 1998 – Jan 2002
  • Member of SCoDHE Committee, November 1995 – December 1997
  • Panel Member, National Dance Accreditation Council, 1995/6

Scholarships and Awards

  • Barry Jackson Fellowship for editing papers from the conference Kurt Jooss: 60 Years of The Green Table (see publications list)
  • Kathleen Elliot Travel Scholarship for Research at New York Public Library Performing Arts Division
  • Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship to attend the Labanotation Teachers Certification Course, Roehampton Institute.

Further information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BA (Hons) Dance – Module Leader for 4DC006 Ways of Seeing Dance, 5DC003 Performance Practice – Intermediate, 5DC007 Dance Studies. Currently teaching on 4DC003 Introduction to Performance Practice, , 4DC006 What is Dance?, 5DC007 Dance Research Methods, 6DC006 Dance Project, 6DC002 Advanced Performer
  • MA Dance – Module Leader for 7SW001 Advanced Contextual Studies, 7DC006 Dance in Translation
  • PhD and MA Dissertation supervision

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Post-Graduate Research Support Tutor

Postgraduate Supervision:

  • James B Williams: Creative Interaction and Collaborative Process in Contemporary Music and its Performance

Clare has successfully supervised three PhD students to completion.