I was awarded my PhD in 2021 by the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. The part-time PhD project was supported with a Crossland Scholarship.
My practice-led research project, Material Words for Voicing Dancers, engaged, predominantly, the improvisational training (workshops/courses/classes) conducted by three contemporary independent performance practitioners – Ruth Zaporah (US) who has developed a form of improvisational performance known as Action Theater™; dancer/musician/poet Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES); and dancer/poet Billie Hanne (BE). These practices variously fuse improvised dance and improvised voice in performance. Together with my own improvisational performance works and experiments, I consider: 1) how a dancer might ‘access’ feeling for voicing, taking a somatically-oriented approach that also utilises the author’s experience as a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method; 2) how voicing can be ‘arranged’ in a compositional environment with objects; 3) how voicing is amplified for performance in an enlivened acoustic space drawing on theatre aurality. Working through these stages (‘accessing’, ‘arranging’ and ‘amplifying’) aims to discern and differentiate the way voicing and dancing can be considered a potentially unified but situated act, as well as offer an analytical model for researching similar practices.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Middlesex University. I maintain a portfolio of research projects including various outputs. My academic role at Middlesex University facilitates this area of my work.
Publications: “A Piece for Two (Lovers)”, for RiDE Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, published 2017; guest-editor on a special “Words and Dance“ issue of the journal Choreographic Practices, published 2017; “Ten Days in Tarbena”, for Handbook of Improvisation (OUP), published 2019.