Dr Sergio Camacho is the Director of Performing Arts of the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He joined the UNM in 2013, collaborating with the School of Media, Languages and Cultures and the Faculty of Arts as a Research Fellow for the Knowledge without Borders Network. Within that framework, he proposed the establishment of a Performing Arts strategy for the Development of Performing Arts at the UNM, securing collaborative links with several educational, cultural, social and artistic institutions, with the aim of empowering students, staff, alumni and their wider community with Music and Performing Arts opportunities in a professional environment.
As an initial result, he devised, produced, and directed The Mikado: a COMIC opera, the first inclusive pan-UNM musical theatre production, in collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, KLPAC. This production, and all that soon followed, contributed to develop an ongoing Music and Performing Arts scene and network on the University campus, which has been consolidated with the establishment and promotion of several artistic collectives at the UNM, including Uni Per Arts, the UNM Performing Arts Platform and the opening of the first purpose-built Performing Arts space at the UNM, the Drama Studio. His contribution was acknowledged with his appointment in 2016 as the UNM Director of Performing Arts.
Some of the outcomes of this Performing Arts strategy at the UNM include the production of several inclusive shows (such as One Thousand and One Nights (2016), Don Quixote, A Man of La Mancha (2017), Victor Hugo's Les Misérables (2018), and Sweeney Todd's Barbershop (2019), with performances in Semenyih, Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Ningbo, China), and the establishment, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham UK and China campuses, of the Tri Campus Arts Festival, the first intercampus collaborative creative venture. During the academic year 2020/2021, Performing Arts at the UNM is achieving two new milestones: the opening of the UNM Performing Arts T&L Centre, and the establishing of the first degree option in the field, the BA (Hons) degree in International Communication Studies with Performing Arts.
In terms of research, Dr Camacho is one of the leading voices in the defence of Spanish quintessential operatic genre, zarzuela, as a valid platform for contemporary practitioners. As a composer and an academic, he has contributed to the genre with several works, which has been presented internationally in the UK, Spain, Sweden and Malaysia. He is also an advocate for the development of the study and practice of Chinese Orchestra works in Malaysia, and their integration with Western orchestral practices, area to which he has contributed with several compositions, arrangements and orchestrations, including the suite for Chinese Orchestra Discerning Spain (2017), or his work From the Island, presented at the contemporary music festival Crosscurrents and Nodes, in Örebro, Sweden, 2019.
Before joining UNM, he worked as the Associate Course Leader for the International College of Music, ICOM, in Kuala Lumpur, as a Lecturer at the Universities of Northumbria, Sunderland and Newcastle, in the UK, and as the Curriculum Support and Widening Opportunities Manager for Newcastle Music Service.
He has recently been inducted as a member of the Spanish Academy of Performing Arts.
He is currently developing educational opportunities for FASS students in the field of Performing Arts. One of the first tangible outcomes in this area was the design and delivery of Global Music… read more
Research interests include
Composition, contemporary music, performing arts and new audiences; stage, screen and music technology.
Music Theatre, Zarzuela, opera, operetta; permeability to contemporary practices.
Nationalism and Post-colonialism: post-empire identity and transoceanic cultural commerce.
New Technologies in Education.
World musics, musicology and musical anthropology; Spanish (including flamenco) and Latin-American folk, Chinese Orchestras, South East Asian, North Indian Classical
His current research has a focus on composition, Music Theatre, Chinese and Western orchestras, with particular attention to Zarzuela, Spanish Lyric Theatre and Nationalism, through the project 'Zarzuela and post-Empire identity in Spain, Cuba and the Philippines', in collaboration with the UoN Department of Music and the UoN Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
SERGIO CAMACHO, 2021. It’s not music, it’s noise: Negotiations and Challenges in the Explorations of the Boundaries of Noise. In: SANNE KROGH GROTH and JAMES MANSELL, eds., Negotiating Noise Lund Universitet. Sweden. (In Press.)
SERGIO CAMACHO, 2020. [(Remember)] – A confined audiovisual poem: in collaboration with visual artist Lőrincz Veron Phronesis 2020, Sweden.
SERGIO CAMACHO FERNÁNDEZ and TAN ELYNN, 2019. It's Man Devouring Man, My Dear: Sweeney Todd in Malaysia or the negotiation of ethical clashes through theatrical adaptation. In: JOSE ROMERA CASTILLO, ed., Teatro y Filosofía en los inicios del siglo XXI Verbum. 463-484
SERGIO CAMACHO, 2019. Remains of Whom I’ve Never Been: Suite for Chinese Orchestra Bio Roxy, Sweden.