Codarts to receive €1.6 million for innovative national research centre

Codarts Rotterdam (University of the Arts) has been granted €1.6 million to establish the Performing Artist and Athlete Research Lab (PEARL). The financial aid comes from the National Directorate Practice-oriented Research (Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek) (SIA), part of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) (NWO).

PEARL will be the first research centre in the world linking performing arts, sports, education, science and businesses. PEARL’s purpose is preventing health problems for performing artists and athletes and optimising their health. In doing so the centre makes an important contribution to better performances both on stage and in top sport and to reducing the number of injuries.

PEARL consists of several field labs (locations in ‘the field’ with testing and monitoring facilities), including the music, dance and circus programmes at Codarts, Dutch National Ballet, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Circusstad Rotterdam and NOC*NSF. For a period of eight years, researchers will be gathering data on the physical and mental health of performing artists and athletes and analyse these data for feedback in the form of custom-made training advice.

Other collaborating partners are Erasmus MC, Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL), Willem de Kooning Academy, National Centre Performing Arts, Dutch Association of Physio Therapy in Sports Health Care (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Fysiotherapie in de Sportgezondheidszorg), Dutch Paramedic Institute (Nederlands Paramedisch Instituut), JOHAN Sports, Sports Medicine (Sportgeneeskunde) Rotterdam and VU Medical Centre. PEARL is led by human movement scientist Janine Stubbe (PhD), who is professor Performing Arts Medicine at Codarts.

PEARL will start on 1 January, 2018.