Teoma Naccarato


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    Teoma leads a double life as an artist and scholar, slipping between artistic and academic contexts in the UK, Germany, and Canada. Her research is likewise slippery, moving from dance and choreography into the digital and medical humanities, to probe understandings of bodies and movement across disciplines.

    As a choreographer and media artist, each hybrid performance-installation that she creates is a microcosm: a site to interrogate the ongoing mediation of bodies and identities in techno-cultures. Through the appropriation of surveillance and biomedical technologies, her artistic work engages with the computational and conceptual machinery of representation. Adopting a wide range of formats, including live, livestream, durational, and 1-1 performance, Naccarato’s work has been presented in theatres, galleries, and film festivals internationally. Recent projects include: III: Once Returned (2022-2023), a 72-hour durational performance live-streamed around-the-clock from an array of 9 surveillance cameras; Im/mediations: 9x9x9 (2022-2023), a series of 9 portraits from 9 angles in extreme closeup, illuminating movement-within-stillness; and Im/mediations: REMAINS (2021-2022), a livestream/dance-film set within the virtual architecture of multiple cameras gazing down at the performer from above.

    As a dance scholar, Naccarato engages with feminist, new materialist, and process philosophies to interrogate the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of movement analysis and representation across disciplines. Recent publications are featured in peer-reviewed journals such as Dance and Somatic Practices, Performance Research, Leonardo, Tempo, and Performance Philosophy. Presently, Teoma is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) where she is developing a new book, and continues to present artistic work in galleries and festivals internationally.

    In tandem with her artistic and scholarly research, Naccarato facilitates platforms for generative exchange regarding systemic inequality in research methodologies and pedagogies. From 2021-2022, she co-led a virtual reading and discussion group on race, colonialism, and diaspora in practices at the intersection of dance and computing. In this group, as in her own research, the emphasis is on transversal and diffractive readings between diverse disciplinary and cultural perspectives. Since 2018, Naccarato has co-run the Provocations Project, launching open calls for provocations and curating dialogues concerning inscribed bias and (in)visibility in cross-disciplinary and collaborative research.

    In addition to receiving fully funded fellowships for her MFA and PhD, her work has been supported through artist grants in Canada and Germany, as well as full-time residencies at renowned centers such as the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM, Paris), CLOUD/DansLAb (The Hague), Lake Studios (Berlin), the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT, UC Berkeley), and The Djerassi Resident Artist Program (San Francisco).

    Naccarato has held posts at numerous universities in Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, leading undergraduate and graduate level courses in choreography, contemporary dance, multimedia performance, videodance, and performance philosophy. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (2004), an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University (2011), and a PhD from the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University (2019).

    Research Interests

    dance, performance art, duratioinaal performance, video installation, collaboration, performance philosophy, transversality

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD Dance, Doctorate, Coventry University

    Award Date: 31 May 2019

    MFA Dance, The Ohio State University

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

    BFA Contemporary Dance, Concordia University

    Award Date: 31 May 2004

    External positions

    Visiting Professor, Dance, Sam Houston State University

    Sept 2015Dec 2015

    Visiting Professor, Dance, Concordia University

    Jan 2014May 2014

    Visiting Professor, Dance, Concordia University

    Sept 2013Dec 2013

    Visiting Professor, Dance, Florida State University

    Jan 2012Apr 2012

    Visiting Professor, The Ohio State University

    1 Sept 201115 Dec 2011


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