Personal profile



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 ( 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


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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Dance Arts & Humanities
Pause Arts & Humanities
Antagonism Arts & Humanities
Patience Arts & Humanities
Slavoj Žižek Arts & Humanities
Visibility Arts & Humanities
Harmony Arts & Humanities
Friction Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2014 2017

IJSD Volume 8 Editorial: Solo/Screen

Bench, H. & Ellis, S. 2017 In : The International Journal of Screendance. 8, p. 1-8 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Media art

Attitudes and principles of making

Ellis, S. 1 Apr 2016 In : Choreographic Practices. 7, 1, p. 65-69 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

IJSD Volume 6 Editorial: Field Perceptions

Bench, H. & Ellis, S. 2016 In : The International Journal of Screendance. 6, p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Our White Friend

Poole, C. & Ellis, S. 21 May 2016

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Public speaking

Pause. Listen.: Visibility and Freedom in Choreographic Practice

Ellis, S. 28 Jun 2016 Dance and the Quality of Life. Bond, K. & Gardner, S. (eds.). Springer, p. (In Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2014 2016

  • 4 Participation in conference

Classical Music Hyper-Production conference

Ellis, S. (Panel Member)
31 Jan 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Talking about Practice Conference

Ellis, S. (Panel Member)
6 Feb 20167 Feb 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Thinking Dance Symposium

Ellis, S. (Keynote Speaker)
17 Oct 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Of Two Minds symposium

Ellis, S. (Participant)
30 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference