Dr Robert Vesty


Dr Robert Vesty
NameDr Robert Vesty
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Theatre Arts
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressR.Vesty@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0003-3760-9063
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Robert is a Senior Lecturer on the Theatre programmes at Middlesex University and Programme Leader for the MA Professional Arts Practice. He maintains a performance practice that draws on a training in acting, and a background in dance, particularly improvisatory practice. Robert performs regularly in dance contexts using improvisation as a tool for making, often including voice and poetic text as part of the immediately choreographed material. Robert is a member of the five-strong performance collective anthologyofamess and performs regularly in London.

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"After a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts, I trained as an actor at in a conservatoire. Early in my career I worked with touring physical theatre companies, repertory theatres, and in storytelling and TIE.

In recent years, my performance practice has shifted to take account of my interest in dance, and in particular improvisatory practices. Since 2009 I have worked with choreographer Rosemary Lee (RESCEN associate), in each of her Dance Umbrella commissions; with performance maker Kristin Fredricksson to create an instantly choreographed performance piece, Senior Moments, with people over 65 years old for Big Dance, and later Forest Fringe; and other companies such as Dog Kennel Hill.

More recently I have worked as part of a stable of performer/dance artists called anthologyofamessdeveloping a series of works using, predominantly, improvisation as a tool for making performance pieces.

I would say that my performance practice is now firmly based in improvisatory methods that utilise both my acting and dance experience.

I have been a member of the Theatre Arts staff since 2010. My teaching centres around actor-training, somatic practice (especially Feldenkrais), and improvisation. My research segues with my artistic practice. My PhD (Material Words for Voicing Dancers) looked at the production of improvised speech in some improvisatory dance or movement-based performance practices. My research interests extend beyond improvisation to methods of actor training, identity, queer politics, democracy and class.

I am also a fully qualified practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method®."

Teaching

I am passionate about what can be done in a studio-based teaching and learning environment. I teach across the Undergraduate and Postgraduate performance programmes. Areas include approaches to acting, with a specialism in movement, voice, and improvisation founded in a cross-disciplinary ethos. My pedagogic values are heavily influenced by the Feldenkrais Method which fosters an inclusive, everybody-can-do approach built also around care for the self and others while one commits to improving skill and know-how to develop individual and collective craft. 

Programme Leader and Module Tutor: MA Professional Arts Practice (Distance Education)

Module Leader: THE1001 Introduction to Acting and PerformanceTHE2024 The Actor and Director

Module Tutor: THE1515 Making Theatre; THE3025 Performance: Body & Training; THE4020 Extending Practices (Supervisor); Teaching contributions to Dance Y2 Choreography (and previously improvisation) 2014-date; supervision of Y3 dissertations in Fashion (2022-23)

Employment

Senior Lecturer
Middlesex University
01 Jan 2010

Education and qualifications

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External activities

Research outputs

Intervocal figures: a classed and queered voicing-dancer in Instant Composition

Vesty, R. 2023. Intervocal figures: a classed and queered voicing-dancer in Instant Composition. Class Concerns: Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy in the UK. Glasgow, UK 05 - 07 Sep 2023

Material words for voicing dancers: a practice-led inquiry into the role of voice for the improvising dancer

Vesty, R. 2020. Material words for voicing dancers: a practice-led inquiry into the role of voice for the improvising dancer. PhD thesis Royal Holloway, University of London Drama and Performance

Interviews with improvisers

Vesty, R. 2023. Interviews with improvisers.

Seven Scenes in Tandem: Adventure with Voicing Dancer

Vesty, R. 2022. Seven Scenes in Tandem: Adventure with Voicing Dancer. 04 - 05 Nov 2021

Ten Days in Tarbena: an evolutionary approach to moving through silence and sound to speech

Vesty, R. 2019. Ten Days in Tarbena: an evolutionary approach to moving through silence and sound to speech. in: Midgelow, V. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 366-382

Artefacts: a multi-voiced collection of paraphernalia, documentation and reflection on the space and words for dancers work-week

Vesty, R., Andrews, M., de la Fe, A., Hamilton, J., Hanne, B. and Di Giovanni, T. 2017. Artefacts: a multi-voiced collection of paraphernalia, documentation and reflection on the space and words for dancers work-week. Choreographic Practices. 8 (1), pp. 131-167. https://doi.org/10.1386/chor.8.1.131_1

Words and dance

Vesty, R. 2017. Words and dance. Choreographic Practices. 8 (1), pp. 3-8. https://doi.org/10.1386/chor.8.1.3_2

On ‘A Piece for Two (Lovers)’ - an unrehearsed performance piece

Vesty, R. and de la Fe, A. 2017. On ‘A Piece for Two (Lovers)’ - an unrehearsed performance piece. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. 22 (1), pp. 166-171. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2016.1262252

Sand and Vision

Vesty, R. and Hamilton, J. 2016. Sand and Vision. Carthago, Brussels, Belgium 01 - 03 Apr 2016

Gjendin ridge

Vesty, R., de la Fe, A., Söör, P. and Camiloti, M. 2015. Gjendin ridge. Ravensfield Theatre, Middlesex University, UK 23 - 24 Oct 2015

Gwineverra, Tom and the enemy of man

Vesty, R., Hanne, B. and Burns, L. 2015. Gwineverra, Tom and the enemy of man. Goldsmith's University, UK 23 Jul 2015

Space and words for dancers

Vesty, R. 2015. Space and words for dancers.

Imagina(c)tion - The Feldenkrais Method® and Action Theater™ improvisation in conversation about the integration of imagination and action

Vesty, R. 2015. Imagina(c)tion - The Feldenkrais Method® and Action Theater™ improvisation in conversation about the integration of imagination and action. re)storing performance - The Feldenkrais Method and Creative Practice. Bath Spa University, Bath, UK 27 Jun 2016

A piece for two (lovers)

Vesty, R. and de la Fe, A. 2015. A piece for two (lovers). Boilerhouse Theatre, RHUL, UK 20 - 21 Feb 2015

The container

Vesty, R. and Söör, P. 2014. The container. Chisenhale Dance Space, London 11 Oct 2014
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