Marie-Louise Crawley


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    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, and for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was formerly an Artist-in-Residence at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), University of Oxford (2017), and is now an APGRD Research Associate. Marie-Louise's PhD (2018), undertaken at C-DaRE (the Centre for Dance Research), Coventry University, investigated dance in the archaeological museum. She is an Associate Fellow of the HEA. Marie-Louise has previously worked on EU-funded research projects, CultureMoves (2018-2020), REACH (2017-2020) and WEAVE (2021-2022).

    Education/Academic qualification

    Dance Studies, Doctorate, What Remains? Dancing in the Archaeological Museum, Coventry University

    19 Sept 201519 Sept 2018

    Award Date: 10 Apr 2019

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


    Classics and Modern Languages, Degree, University of Oxford


    External positions

    Editor, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

    Member of TaPRA, Bodies and Performance Working Group, TaPRA

    Research Associate, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford

    Series Editor, Dance in Dialogue book series, Bloomsbury


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