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The Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance

The Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance pursues creative inquiry and critical analysis at the intersection of theory and performance practice.

The group comprises Theatre and Choreography, Music and Sound, and Musical Theatre; specific research specialisms across these disciplines are:

  • New Musical Theatre Studies
  • Theatre Science and Philosophy
  • Identity in performance
  • Collaboration and group identity in Experimental music
  • Participatory performance
  • Sound and Music Computing

Explore CCHIP

Research in CCHIP focuses on developing the work of practice-based researchers alongside theoretical scholarship on contemporary and historical performance. We host internal and external symposia, develop research networks with external organisations and partners, and support our staff to present their work at international conferences and as invited speakers.

CCHIP aims to promote inclusivity, accessibility and participation in performing arts, across theatre and music industries, and their associated cultures and histories. We aim for an active, dynamic research centre producing high-quality research which engages with both community and subject-specific research needs. We support an interdisciplinary research culture, both throughout the arts and outwards towards further intersections with the sciences and humanities.

The activities of the centre are developing a national and international reputation for excellence, as well as being of strategic importance to the West Midlands region. We continue to develop projects, collaborations and publications both within Performance Arts and cross-disciplinarily.