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Simon Ellis is a choreographer, dancer and film-maker interested in practices and ideas to do with (not necessarily at the same time) power, responsibility, memory, dialogue and screens. He trained as a dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and his choreographies include Full (2001), Indelible (2003), Inert (2006), Gertrud (2008), Desire Lines (2010), and Pause. Listen. (2014). His film projects include Then/Now (2008), Tuesday (2009), Anamnesis (2010), and we record ourselves (2016, with Katrina McPherson, Owa Barua, & Natalia Barua). Simon collaborates with Colin Poole as Colin, Simon and I (colinsimonandi.com) and most recently they presented Our White Friend (2016) at Independent Dance in London.

Simon has a practice-as-research PhD from the University of Melbourne. The research explored liveness, improvisation, documentation and remembering, and was presented as a DVD-ROM. His work as a scholar includes understanding ways of knowing through writing, choreography and film, and in supporting the development of practice-as-research (see practiceasresearchblog.wordpress.com)



Vision Statement

My research is fundamentally about how creative practice and performance might help us develop and understand ideas, relationships, politics and people. I do this through a range of practices and activities including performance, improvisation, screendance, dialogue and writing. I’m inspired by working closely with collaborators and students to help reveal and question our limitations and assumptions about how we see the world, and how it might be imagined and described in alternative ways.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Pause. Listen. Visibility and Freedom in Choreographic Practice

Ellis, S., Apr 2019, Dance and the Quality of Life. Bond, K. & Gardner, S. (eds.). Springer, p. (In Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Screendance Now

Bench, H. & Ellis, S., 25 May 2019, In : The International Journal of Screendance. 10, 1, 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance

Ellis, S. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.) & Waelde, C. (ed.), 1 Jun 2018, Coventry: C-DaRE. 517 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Open Access

Between Faces

Ellis, S., 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media

Open Access

Some Things about Dance

Ellis, S., 29 Mar 2018, London: Leanpub. 181 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access

Activities 2014 2018


Simon Ellis (Visiting researcher), Hamish MacPherson (Visiting researcher), Paul Hughes (Visiting researcher)
6 May 201820 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Temple University

Simon Ellis (Visiting researcher)
18 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

University of Alabama

Simon Ellis (Visiting researcher)
28 Mar 20187 Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Between Faces

Simon Ellis (Keynote speaker)
9 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Colin, Simon and I: No Conflict Here

Simon Ellis (Speaker), Colin Poole (Speaker)
7 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Aerowaves Priority Company 2015

Simon Ellis (Recipient) & Colin Poole (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


MediaWall Competition

Simon Ellis (Recipient), Katrina McPherson (Recipient), Natalia Barua (Recipient) & Owa Barua (Recipient), 1 Apr 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media