Dr Daniel Somerville
Senior Lecturer and Joint Course Leader in Drama and Performance
Theatre and Performance
tel: 01905 855297
Daniel Somerville is an artist practitioner, senior lecturer and practice researcher. His research interests are in the fields of performance, theatre, gender and opera studies, with particular focus on the concept of the ‘operatic’ and how it manifests in terms of movement, performance practice and convention, and how this may be applied to contemporary performance making.
As an artist practitioner he has choreographed, directed and performed nationally (including at Edinburgh Fringe, The Place, Chisenhale Dance Space and Duckie in London, and for Birmingham Rep) and internationally (including National Theatre Namibia, Market Theatre - Johannesburg, Liberdade Provisoria - Lisbon and on a tour of the Czech Republic). Daniel was supported by Arts Council England for his dance trilogy Episodes. Commissions include Water Garden Ballet for SHOUT festival in Birmingham and The Canterbury Masque for Accidental Collective as the inaugural performance at the Colyer-Ferguson Concert Hall at The University of Kent, Canterbury.
Daniel’s PhD research was supported by The Centre for Art and Design Research Experimentation (CADRE) at the University of Wolverhampton. Previous academic positions include as a research assistant and visiting tutor at Goldsmiths (BA and MA students), as a visiting lecturer at Laban (MA students), as visiting lecturer and mentor (BA students) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and as a visiting lecturer at University of Wolverhampton (BA and MA students), and as an online tutor in Opera Studies at Rose Bruford.
- PhD from University of Wolverhampton
Thesis title: Body Opera: In search of the ‘operatic’ in the performance of the body
- MA Performance Making (distinction) from Goldsmiths
- BA Theatre Practice: Alternative Theatre and New Performance Practice (1st) from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Teaching & Research
Practice research methodologies
Opera as a model for contemporary performance
Anecdote and autobiography
Gender studies and queer theory
Sexuality in performance
Book chapter: (2019) 'Back to the Artwork of the Future: Transformation, Emotion and Participation in the Opera Related Works of Joshua Sofaer' in Joshua Sofaer Performance / Object / Participation edited by Roberta Mock and Mary Paterson. The Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books
Book chapter: (2016) 'The Emergence of the Operatic' in Music on Stage Vol. 2 edited by Luis Campos and Fiona Jane Schopf. Cambridge Scholars Publishing
PaR Performance: (Emotional) Pavarotti and Me, Edinburgh (2020)
PaR Performance: Admiring La Stupenda, Edinburgh edition (2019)
PaR Performance: Pavarotti and Me, London edition (2017) PaR Performance: Admiring La Stupenda, Wolverhampton edition (2015)
LGBTQ + Staff Network Chair