Ersatz Dance and the e-dance project:
James Hewison was a research collaborator, creative artist and performer in the e-dance project (funded by JISC, AHRC £400,000.00) from 2008 to 2010. Professor Helen Bailey (University of Bedfordshire) was the Principal Investigator with co-investigators from University of Manchester and The Open University. The project’s artistic and practice-based output was realised through the work of Ersatz Dance Company (Dir. Bailey), for which Hewison was an Associate Director, creative-collaborator and performer.
In May 2009 Hewison was successful in a joint application (with Bailey) for £13,800.00 from Arts Council England (East) to develop a full-length choreographic work employing the practice-based research findings from e-dance project involving professional dance artists. The final performance outcome of the project, entitled Here and There, was premiered at the University of Bedfordshire Theatre in March 2010 as part of the professional performance season.
Hewison's role was that of performer and Associate Director. The work was also programmed into the prestigious Digital Resources in Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conference at Brunel University in September 2010.