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Biography

Before doctoral study in the United Kingdom, Victoria trained in ballet, contemporary dance and choreography in Canada as part of her Undergraduate and Master’s Degree. Her research engages with recent debates in performance, gender, and trauma studies to theorise dance as a cultural practice within contemporary society. She recently published Martha Graham: Gender and the haunting of a dance pioneer (2013). Her new research projects looked more specifically at literary theory and trauma studies to understand how dance might be considered a form of bearing witness to upheaval and violence. Victoria is specifically interested in looking at the link between trauma, nation and ballet within a British context. She has published in Dance Research Journal, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Research in Dance Education, Women: a Cultural Review and is presently Chair of the Society for Dance Research in the UK.

Vision Statement

I am deeply interested in understanding how live and mediated dance performance has the power to inform and transform political, social and embodied understandings of identity. I favour an interdisciplinary approach that brings together feminist theory, deconstruction and psychoanalysis and allows me to read the moving body across different medial, geographic and historical matrices. In doing so, I seek to reveal the complexity with which dance negotiates ideas about identity and produce effects.

External positions

Vic-Chair, Society for Dance Research

15 Jan 2018 → …

Chair, Society for Dance Research

1 Mar 201115 Jan 2018

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Dance Arts & Humanities
Trauma Arts & Humanities
Dante Alighieri Arts & Humanities
21st Century Arts & Humanities
Ballet Arts & Humanities
Modernity Arts & Humanities
Second World War Arts & Humanities
World War I Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2016 2019

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Web publication/site

Modernity as Trauma and Frederick Ashton’s World War II Ballet, Dante Sonata

Thoms, V., 15 Jan 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

Open Access
Dante Alighieri
Second World War
Ballet
Modernity
Trauma

THE SHOCK OF THE RISKY(QUÉ) FEMALE: FEMININITY AND THE TRAUMA OF THE GREAT WAR ERA IN THE DANCING OF MAUD ALLAN

Thoms, V., 1 Jun 2018, A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry University: Published by C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 267-293 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
World War I
Dancing
Femininity
Trauma
Espionage

Book Review: Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf (eds.), Choreographies of 21st Century Wars

Thoms, V., Nov 2016, In : Dance Research. 34, 2, p. 247-250 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

File
Dance
21st Century

Activities 2013 2018

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 2 Public Engagement Event

Society for Dance Research - Choreographic Forum - Xenos by Akram Khan

Victoria Thoms (Session Chair)
11 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

Society for Dance Research-Choreographic Forum

Victoria Thoms (Session Chair)
3 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

The Role of the Choreographer in the Stage and Screen Musical

Victoria Thoms (Organiser)
28 Nov 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Dancing in the Shadow of the First World War

Victoria Thoms (Organiser)
29 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Dance Institutions Conference celebrating 30 year of the Society for Dance Research

Victoria Thoms (Organising Committee)
1 May 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference