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Hetty Blades

Blades, Hetty

HettyBladescropPhD Student (with English)

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Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane



How digitalisation is re-configuring the ontological status of dance performance.


Dr Btihaj Ajana

Second Supervisors

Dr Kelina Gotman Professor Willard McCarty


Hetty’s research examines dance ontology, specifically how existing understandings are altered by digitalisation. Her research seeks to assess the suitability of existing schema to virtual performance and considers notions of liveness. She will also address the altered state of the spectator in relation to kinaesthetic engagement, philosophy of the body and discussions of perception and memory.


Hetty trained in contemporary dance at Laban, completing a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre before undertaking an MA in Dance Studies at Roehampton University. She has been involved in numerous performance projects as a dancer and collaborator. She also has experience of writing dance criticism. More recently Hetty has developed an interest in philosophical aesthetics and digital representation in relation to dance. She is in the first year of her PhD and is working across the Digital Humanities, Culture Media and Creative Industries and English departments.


‘Dance on the Internet: An Ontological Investigation’ (25.05.2011) Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics,


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