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  • Roehampton Lane, Michaelis 16

    SW15 5PJ London

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


Alexandra Kolb is Professor of Dance at Roehampton University. She is an experienced international speaker, panel and conference organizer, mentor, and peer reviewer for journals and academic publishers. At Roehampton, she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Ph.D. supervision, is the Research Degrees Convenor for Ph.D. students, and chairs the MA Dance Philosophy and History programme. She is the Reviews Editor of Dance Research, sits on the AHRC Peer Review Committee, and serves on the board of the Society for Dance Research.


She arrived at Roehampton in 2017 having previously lectured as Reader at Middlesex University (2012-2017), Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Dance programme at the University of Otago in New Zealand (2006-2012), and Coordinator of Academic Studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2005-2006). She has also worked in academic publishing in the fields of dance and music at a German publishing house, Olms. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and first-class Masters degrees from both Cambridge and Cologne.


Her research covers numerous aspects of the political, gender and interdisciplinary treatments of 20th and 21st-century dance. It has been supported by UK, US, German and New Zealand funding bodies and has won several prizes. She is the author of Performing Femininity: Dance and Literature in German Modernism (2009), the editor of Dance and Politics (2011), and has published many international journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics. Her current work includes a monograph on Dance and the Everyday, and a project on Dance Europe Now!


MA (Cologne), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

Professional affiliations

Reviews Editor, Dance Research

Executive Committee, SDR (Society for Dance Research),

AHRC Peer Review Committee

Advisory Board, Dance in Dialogue Book Series (Bloomsbury)

Fellow of the Cambridge European Society

Member of the Deutsche Tanzgesellschaft (Germany)

Member of ADSA (Australia)

Research interests

I would welcome potential research degree students to discuss proposals for study in the following areas:

Dance and politics

Dance and gender 

German modern dance

Dance and the everyday 

Dance and literature

Collaboration and interdisciplinarity

Ballet studies

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Dance Europe Now!

Kolb, A. & Nicole, H.

1/03/19 → …

Project: Research

Dance, the Everyday and Social Resistance

Kolb, A.

20/04/17 → …

Project: Research

Diverse alarums

Kolb, A.

Project: Research

Research Output

Choreography in the Age of Post-Privacy: Sex, Intimacy and Disclosure in Pina Bausch and Michael Parmenter

Kolb, A., 4 Mar 2020, In : DANCE CHRONICLE. 43, 1, p. 32-62 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

European Crises and Utopias: The Difficult Partner Dance Across the Channel

Kolb, A., 24 Jan 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Everyday Life and Urban Marvels: The Curious Aesthetics of Angie Hiesl

Kolb, A., 18 Nov 2019, The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies. Thomas, H. & Prickett, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 428-442

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Akram Khan, Lloyd Newson and the Challenges of British Multiculturalism

Kolb, A., 12 Nov 2018, In : Dance Research. p. 224 252 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Choreography in the Age of Post-privacy: Sex, Intimacy, Disclosure

Kolb, A., 12 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Gertrude Lippincott Award

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Harry Ransom Research Fellowship

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Marlis Thiersch Prize

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Visiting Professorship

Alexandra Kolb (Recipient), 26 Jul 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies (Journal)

Alexandra Kolb (Peer reviewer)

29 Jun 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Dance in Dialogue book series

Alexandra Kolb (Advisor)


Activity: Consultancy

X-Mal Mensch Stuhl

Alexandra Kolb (Contributor)

Aug 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Post-Utopia and Europe in the Performing Arts

Alexandra Kolb (Organiser)

23 Jan 202024 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference