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Dr Sarah Hopfinger is an artist-researcher and works part-time as a Lecturer in Research in the Research and Knowledge Exchange department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

Link to academic research profile here. 


Her research specialisms are:

  • ecology and performance

  • chronic pain and dance

  • cripping choreography

  • disability in performance

  • wilding performance

  • intergenerational collaborative performance

  • child and nontrained performers


Sarah's current practice-led research project, Ecologies of Pain, explores how chronic pain - in lived experience and creative practice - can contribute knowledge and insights about living and relating with wider ecological pain. She received a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant for this project.

Sarah regularly publishes her research in peer reviewed journals and books. Journals include Performance Research, Research in Drama Education (RiDE) and Studies in Theatre and Performance. She has chapters in books such as Diffracting New Materialisms: Emerging Methods in Artistic Research and Higher Education (Palgrave 2023), Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Ecology (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024) and Routledge Companion to European Theatre and Peformance (Routledge, 2023). See Publications for details.

She is currently a co-investigator on the AHRC Future Ecologies: Producing Dance Network.


Ecologies of Pain

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Performance (in) Ecology

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