Professor Bannerman joined Middlesex University in 1989 after an international career as a dancer, choreographer and arts education worker, principally with London Contemporary Dance Theatre. In 1999 he established ResCen Research Centre an innovative, multi-disciplinary, artist–focused research initiative designed to be a bridge between academia and the practices of professional performing artists.With Joshua Sofaer and Jane Watt, he contributed to and edited Navigating the Unknown:The Creative Process in Contemporary Performing Arts (2006).
Learning & Teaching Interests
Choreography, arts policy and intercultural performance.
Research Outputs & Interests
Current areas of research include the creative processes and practices of artists and the structures and policies that support their work. These concerns have recently involved the area of intercultural performance with a focus on mobility, translation and national and cultural identities.
Doctoral proposals welcomed in the following areas: artistic practice and research, arts policy and structures, intercultural performance, national and cultural identity in the arts.
Recent publications include 'On Curation: The development of Danscross and walking with Zhuangzi' www.rescen.net; ArtsCross London 2013, Leaving home…being elsewhere a performance of 10 new choreographic works with documentation available at: www.re4scen.net.
Professor Bannerman has led a number of funded research projects most recently the ArtsCross International Performance Research initiative (from 2009 and ongoing) and the AHRC-funded Cosmopolitan Bodies, international Research Network.
Engagement & Impact
He has served as a panel member for the Prudential Awards for the Arts and the Olivier Awards, as well as on the Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Panel for two Higher Education Research Assessment Exercises and as a Specialist Assessor for the Quality Assurance Agency. He has also served as Chair of Dance UK, Chair of the Arts Council England's Advisory Panel for Dance, Chair of the National Dance Coordinating Committee, Chair of London North Creative Partnerships and as a member of the Dance Forum of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Until 2013 he served as a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is currently a member of the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs Programme, and an advisor to the Norwegian creative research initiative and the Austrian research council. He has also been co-facilitator of Rural Retreats, an international intensive seminar series, aimed at current and developing leaders in the arts, and has directed studio based research projects internationally.