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Research Interests

Marie-Louise is a choreographer and artist-researcher. Her research interests include dance and museums, and areas of intersection between Classics and Dance Studies, such as ancient dance and the performance of epic. 


Educated at the University of Oxford (B.A. HonsM.St.) and trained at the Ecole Marceau in Paris, Marie-Louise began her professional performance career with Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil (2003-2009). Since 2010, she has been working in the UK as an independent choreographer and dance artist with companies as diverse as Birmingham Opera Company, Marc Brew, Gary Clarke, Ballet Cymru and Rosie Kay Dance Company. Recent new work has included pieces for a Tate / ARTIST ROOMS exhibit at mac Birmingham, as well as for performance ensemble Avid for Ovid at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford (2017). Marie-Louise's PhD project investigates dance in the archaeological museum.

Education/Academic qualification

European Literature M.St., MA, University of Oxford


Classics and Modern Languages, Degree, University of Oxford


External positions

Sessional Lecturer, University of Worcester

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Research Output 2017 2018

CultureMoves White Paper Report 3.2

Cisneros, R. E. K., Whatley, S. & Crawley, M-L. C. 7 Dec 2018 European Commission. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Epic Bodies: Filtering the Past and Embodying the Present – A Performer’s Perspective

Crawley, M-L. C. 25 Oct 2018 Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Macintosh, F., McConnell, J., Harrison, S. & Kenward, C. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments)

Crawley, M-L. C. Apr 2018

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

'The Crafted Body': Thoughts on Dancing, Viewing and Remembering

Crawley, M-L. C. 2018 A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry: C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 59-75

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Practice as Research

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference

'Hybrid Practices: Methodologies, Histories, and Performance'

Cisneros, R. E. K. (Speaker), Crawley, M. (Speaker), Whatley, S. (Speaker)
13 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Participation in conference

Culture Moves EU Project LabDay 1

Cisneros, R. E. K. (Organising Committee), Crawley, M. (Organising Committee)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

CultureMoves LabDay 2

Cisneros, R. E. K. (Organising Committee), Whatley, S. (Organising Committee), Crawley, M. (Organising Committee), Garrett Brown, N. (Panel Member), Sara Wookey (Panel Member), Meehan, E. (Panel Member), Lee, R. (Speaker)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course