Miranda Celeste Laurence
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I am undertaking my PhD at Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK and Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology, Aarhus University, DK, as part of the ‘Mobilizing Dramaturgy’ co-tutelle programme funded through Coventry University. I am under supervision from Prof Susanne Foellmer, Prof Peter Boenisch, Dr Marie-Louise Crawley, and Siobhan Davies.

In my PhD research I investigate movement through space, approached through the perspectives of dance dramaturgy practice and spatial design. In asking how I can practise, and research my practice, through movement, I have developed movement inquiry as a methodological approach. I am exploring what pathways movement inquiry can open for conceptual and methodological inquiry in dance dramaturgy and spatial design related fields including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Through this work I am also investigating different logics of 'making-sense' and 'attending-to', and implications for the organisation and communication of my research.

Further research interests include thinking through dance dramaturgy practice as generative dialogue, and asking what dance dramaturgy practice may be beyond the creative process of making an artistic work.

Teaching has included experiential approaches to investigating space and place, and dance analysis, at BA level for Dramaturgy, Art History, Comparative Literature, Aesthetics, and Architecture/Urban Design programmes.

I have (co-)presented my research at multiple international conferences including CARPA (Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts), EASTAP (European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance) and IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research).

Biography

I am an independent dance dramaturg and cultural producer, with over 10 years’ experience working in the dance and arts development sectors. In my work as a cultural producer, I have led on public-facing arts development programmes both in freelance and in employed roles in small and large public sector organisations.

Throughout my career, I have been interested in facilitating a bridge between academic research and other forms of knowledge. As an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, I initiated and ran for the next ten years ‘Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries’. This programme of 20 linked conferences and seminars brought together in total over 50 academics from different disciplines, movement practitioners, and others to explore common questions through the lens of dance. This project has underpinned my ongoing interest in dance as a way of knowing, or a way of understanding ideas, rather than as an object of study in itself.

As a dance dramaturg I have collaborated with over 20 dance artists and companies working in a range of dance forms, including South Asian classical dance, hip hop dance theatre, screen dance, and contemporary dance. I have facilitated workshops for theatre venues, HE institutions and dance / dramaturgy development organisations, and regularly facilitate public work-in-progress events. As a board member for the Dramaturgs’ Network UK, I coordinate events and activity for dramaturgs across the country.

In my cultural producing work I have developed and commissioned a number of projects across all artforms, with an emphasis on community-facing and public art work. Beyond producing and project management, my work has focused on strategic development and partnership building within and beyond the arts sector. I've established and built partnerships with charities and public sector services with emphases including youth, health, ageing, pulic engagement in research, primary and secondary education, disability, adult education, urban development, and place-based community development.

Education/Academic qualification

English and German Literature, MA, University of Oxford

15 Sept 200824 Jun 2009

Award Date: 24 Jun 2009

English and German Literature, Degree, University of Oxford

1 Oct 20043 Jul 2008

Award Date: 3 Jul 2008

External positions

PhD Researcher, Aarhus University

1 May 202230 Apr 2025

Keywords

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • dance research
  • Phenomenology
  • GN Anthropology
  • Environmental psychology
  • NA Architecture
  • NX Arts in general

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