still from "Skin"
(TransNet & School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver/Canada)
Henry Daniel is a choreographer/dancer and the Project research Leader of TRANSNET, an international network of artists, scholars, educators, scientists, engineers and community activists formed to explore notions of performance, especially in the arts and sciences. The network operates under the premise that, in an information-oriented age, new knowledge appears to emerge at the intersections of disciplines rather than strictly within them. A transdisciplinary approach therefore analyses how other knowledges intersect with one's own discipline and how this contact influences its field of research.
He is an Associate Professor of Dance and Performance Studies at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Professor Daniel has an international background in professional theatre and dance and is Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies, a performance company dedicated to transdisciplinary performance explorations.
He attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School in New York City as a dancer and has an MA in Dance Studies from City University (The Laban Centre, London) and a Ph.D from the University of Bristol in the UK. He has a background as an actor with Derek Walcott's Trinidad Theatre Workshop; soloist with the José Limón Dance Company of New York; dancer, choreographer, theatre and performance lecturer in Germany and the UK. His impressive track record on the international scene has led and continues to lead to advances in cultural knowledge by bringing to bear the perspectives and skills of the artist/scholar. Through his collaborations with researchers from the fields of science and engineering, he enables and contributes to technological innovation.His collaborations with software and equipment developers on devices Soundbeam are commercially developed and marketed by Elektrodome (Bristol, UK).
His most recent multimedia dance performance is titled "SKIN", and was shown at the TransNet convention in June 2005.