Lola Maury

Lola Maury

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PhD Project

Encouraging enhanced states of sensorial awareness from the spectator.

My practice-research explores choreographic possibilities and strategies to encourage an enhanced state of sensorial awareness from the spectator in contemporary dance. Discovery led, the research embraces serendipity and puts in tension my ongoing choreographic practices with current discourses on perception, presence and attention. The research moreover aims to consider the ways dance organisations present and market choreographic practices that specifically explore the sensorial and the experiential.

The research aims to produce new understandings and languages for the promotion of choreographic identities that focus on the experiential and the sensorial. Besides a system of production that globally encourages marketability, it feels crucial to give critical voice to practices that tend to focus on intimate, introspective and inter-personal experiences for the spectators and that don’t always appear to be financially viable products for programming venues.

Some of my interests are to reflect on the parallels that can be found between practices that encourage an enhanced state of sensorial awareness for the spectator and self-spiritual development practices, such as meditation or ecstatic practices. I am also curious to consider how some principles of movement-based somatics and dance improvisation might translate into a spectator’s practice. For example, what would a practice of ‘becoming available’ be for the spectator, even though sitting in an auditorium? Ultimately, I am enquiring about the possibilities to draw from experiential phenomenology to produce new marketing languages, not necessarily discursive, for the choreographic.


French dance artist, researcher and lecturer, based in London (UK) and Lyon (FR), running my activities from both countries.

London-based choreographer, making intimate and , sensory and intense experiences for audiences and participants.

Professional recognition and development include: Artist in residence at the National Centre for Dance in Lyon (FR) for the 2020/21 season; Surf the Wave, Artist as Entrepreneur (2018); The Place’s Hot House (2014) for exceptional early career choreographers mentored by Peggy Olislaegers & paired with producer Helen Goodman; Deustche Bank Award for Contemporary Dance (2008).

I have created and toured: Two To Tune (2014) commissioned by The Place, selected for French national platform ‘La Grande scene des PSO 2016’; Figurines (2016) toured to Triratna Buddhist Centres as part of an audience development activity, engaging people interested in meditation; Brouhaha (2019) commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, with support from The Place, Yorkshire Dance, Dance City, Dance4, DanceEast, Hull Truck and La Briqueterie (Paris).

I am part of Le Croiseur’s directing committee, supporting emerging dance artists in Lyon. I lead the research program Cellule D’essai, funded by the Rhône-Alpes region.

Education/Academic qualification

Performance Practices and Research, MA, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

1 Sep 20101 Sep 2011

Award Date: 1 Sep 2011

Contemporary Dance, Degree, London School of Contemporary Dance

1 Sep 20051 Sep 2008

Award Date: 1 Sep 2008

External positions

Lecturer in composition, London School of Contemporary Dance

1 Oct 2013 → …

Lecturer in Choreography and performance, Birkbeck, University of London

1 Sep 20131 Jul 2014