This is my research site, for my commercial work click here: http://www.industryart.com/artists/paulsadot/
Interests include: choreopolitics; choreodramaturgy, (im)mobility; turbulence; processual accretion; spatiality; withdrawal of labour; performance of excess; metaspatial knowledge; gentrification and the arts; Thirdspace.
My approach to performance is interdisciplinary and over the years I have worked with theatre companies including: Volcano, Peta Lily, Red Shift and The Laboratory Theatre of Manipur. Dance companies including: Ultima Vez, Kokuma and ACE. And in film with Shane Meadows, Jonathan Mostow, BBC, Channel 4, ITV and others. I have created many pieces for theatre and often work as an acting coach, movement director and choreographer for films including, Elaine Constantine's BAFTA nominated Northern Soul - for which I was also the choreographer - and on The Receptionist by Jenny Lu.
My early training was at Bretton Hall and I went on to train with Rena Mirecka (Grotowski), Desmond Jones School of Mime, Lokendra Arambam and John Martin (Pan Projects Intercultural Theatre). Stylistically my body of work might fall under the banner of physical theatre, though I find this term problematic.
Capoeira has been a part of my everyday life and training since 1988 and I qualified as a Professor in 2001 under the guidance of Associação de Capoeira Senzala, Santos, Brasil. I was the first practitioner to introduce and develop Capoeira in the North and the Midlands, establishing schools at Manchester University, Birmingham Dance Xchange and Leeds University from 1997 - 2007. Over the years I have taught thousands of students in the UK and abroad, worked with numerous contemporary dance and theatre organisations, performed throughout the UK and developed several formados (teachers)
Since 1997 I have been collaborating with hip hop dancers in the space of UK dance theatre. I was the Artistic Director of the maverick Manchester-based Urban Expansions (1999 - 2006), responsible for the successful stage play, Once Upon a Time in Wigan as well as the Batizado Urban Dance Festivals. I went on to become the Artistic Director of Cambridge-based Dance Offensive (2006 - 2013). I worked for Sadler's Wells Breakin' Convention Project, on their Open Art Surgery artist development programme as a mentor and assistant to Jonzi D (2013-2015). I regularly work as a mentor and dramaturg with dance artists using hip hop as an element in the creation of new works for theatre.
Sample of Past Work
2015 – 2017 Associate Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Chichester
2013 – 2015 Associate Lecturer, Theatre Department, Buckinghamshire New University
2007 – 2013 Artistic Director, Dance Offensive, Cambridge Youth Offending Team, Cambridge
2000 – 2001 Associate Lecturer, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds
2000 – 2007 Artistic Director, Urban Expansions, Manchester
1997 – 2007 Artistic Director, Capoeira Norte, Manchester
1994 – 1996 Associate Lecturer, De Montfort University, Theatre Department, Bedford
1995 – 1996 Associate Lecturer, Winchester College, Theatre Department, Winchester
PhD - Dance - Unsteady State: hip hop dance artists in the space(s) of UK dance theatre - University of Chichester
MA - Theatre Arts - Goldsmiths College, University of London
BA (Hons) - Theatre Arts - Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds
Associate Fellow-Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) - University of Chichester