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Research Interests

I have a particular research interest in dance history and dance theory with a focus on American post-modern dance of the 1960s, British New Dance of the 1980s and Conceptual European Dance of the 1990s, as well as post-conceptual dance and choreographic practices in the expanded field.

Further research areas of interest include the intersection of dance and experimental contemporary theatre, Live Art, Performance Art and Visual Art. More specific topics concern issues of spectatorship, authorship, participation, documentation, archive, liveness, collaboration, performativity and feminism.


I am a German born choreographer, performer, researcher and lecturer currently based in the UK. My work, which takes the form of conventional theatre pieces as well as site-specific works, videos and installations, has been presented in various platforms, festivals and galleries in the UK and continental Europe.

As well as making solo work I often collaborate with other artists and I’ve worked and performed with Serbian Artistic Collective Doplgenger, Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner, British choreographer Lea Anderson, Croatian choreographer/artist/writer Ivana Müller, Italian performance artist Franko B and German-British artist Tino Sehgal. I’m a founding member of Trio, an International collective of four artists who are interested in collaborative performance practice.

My scholarly, performative and creative writing has been published in Activate, Choreographic Practices, Contemporary Theatre Review, Desearch, Global Performance Studies, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Motio and The Swedish Dance History. As joint Manifesto Lexicon Officer I sit on the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international.

I have worked in Higher Education since 2011 at the University of Wolverhampton, Trinity Laban, De Montfort University, London Contemporary Dance School, the University of Surrey and the University of Lincoln. Since 2017 I am a Senior Lecturer in Dance and BA (Hons.) Dance Course Director at Coventry University (UK).

PhD Project

Expanding the Object: Post-conceptual dance and choreographic performance practices

This project is concerned with exploring the relationship between post-conceptual dance and its state as object. As a practice-led research project it aims to do so both through the written thesis and through artistic practice, which is here presented as a series of video projects that extend representations of dance. Over five chapters I trace the permutation of the ‘object’ from choreographer to spectator, participant, editor, collector and ‘reframer’, arguing for the multiplicity of roles that choreographers, and by extension dancers, take on at the beginning of the 21st century.

My interdisciplinary research draws from a variety of theoretical discourses including performance theory, visual cultures and critical theory, and is therefore both relevant to the field of dance studies and beyond the discipline. Given the practice-led nature of the project, my aim has been to expand choreographic performance practices and to increases the range of ‘objects’ that can be considered dance. Therefore, the project resides in the gaps and tensions between practice and theory, performance and documentation, language and dance, text and movement, choreography and objecthood.

Throughout I argue that post-conceptual dance operates within an extended field in which dancers and choreographers are expanding the boundaries of the art form, making dance relevant to a broader artistic, cultural, political and social context.

Education/Academic qualification

Dance & Arts Management, Degree, De Montfort University


Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Lincoln


Dance & Performance Studies, Doctorate, University of Wolverhampton


The Body in Performance, MA, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


External positions

External Examiner - BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance & Drama, Edge Hill University

Oct 2018Sep 2022

Performance Studies international Board of Directors

2016 → …

Society for Dance Research Executive Committee


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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 5 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Article
Ann Lee
Tino Sehgal
Art Objects
Ethical Issues
30 Downloads (Pure)

After the Future: Choreography as the Practice of Editing

Hildebrandt, A., 1 Dec 2017, In : Choreographic Practices. 8, 2, p. 297-309 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Written Language
8 Downloads (Pure)

Soma-conceptual choreographic strategies in Boris Charmatz’s enfant

Hildebrandt, A., 1 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 9, 1, p. 95-103 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The PSi Manifesto Lexicon: An online discursive platform

Georgelou, K., Hildebrandt, A. & Paramana, K., 2017, In : Global Performance Studies. 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

The End of Choreography

Hildebrandt, A., Apr 2016, In : Choreographic Practices. 7, 1, p. 71-118 48 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle