My artistic / academic research sits at the intersection of dance and politics, using embodied practice and performance and engaging with political theory: a combination of contemplative and somatic practices, language and objects that feels, moves, and thinks through concepts like value, productivity, degrowth and the commons. I am also interested in play itself as a research ontology and methodology, and how practice and performance intertwine. This practice and performance as research work exists across my teaching, making and a podcast I co-initiated. A further strand of experimentation since 2013 has been into somaticising the Isadora Duncan technique, developing new ways of practicing and presenting this lineage of which I am a direct recipient.
Friendship and collaboration form the seed of many of my projects.
Recent writing and presentations
My MFA dissertation and final project BRED: dough-ing embodied research into value and productivity received an outstanding distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music. (September 2021)
A New Survivalism. With Emma Lindsay, presented attentional and movement scores for ‘sensorial stockpiling’ – imprinting a vanishing world via the senses. Borrowed Time Symposium, Dartington College of Arts. (November 2021)
I co-presented a discussion on Conversation as a research tool at Parallax 15, Trinity Laban’s research symposium, with my podcast collaborators, demonstrating how the voice and conversation became an embodied research tool for us. (Spring 2021)
Co-organiser and presenter at the Isadora Duncan International Symposium in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Invited presenter (Somaticising Duncan, Improvising Duncan) at the Isadora Duncan Dance Festival at People’s Friendship University of Moscow (2019, 2020, 2021)
More about the podcast and walking and outdoor research practices.