Andrée Grau is Professor of the Anthropology of Dance and Programme Leader for the MA Dance Anthropology.
Andrée Grau trained in dance in her native Switzerland and in London. She graduated from the Benesh Institute in 1976 and was awarded an MA in Social-Anthropology (Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology) and PhD in Social-Anthropology from The Queen's University of Belfast, respectively in 1979 and 1983.
She has carried out fieldwork in Southern Africa, among the Venda; Aboriginal Australia, among the Tiwi of Melville and Bathurst Islands; India (Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka,Gujarat) and London, looking at performance from cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives. She has published - in English as well as French - in academic as well as professional journals within the fields of dance, music, visual anthropology and social anthropology. She has contributed to a number of encyclopaedias, writing entries for Australian Aboriginal dance and Eastern and Southern African dance.
She regularly presents her work at conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America and acts as consultant for television, radio, and publishers in the UK and overseas.
A.I. Chor. (Associate of the Institute of Choreology) (1976)
F.I. Chor. (Fellow of the Institute of Choreology) (1979)
MA (Ethnomusicology / Ethnochoreology) (1979)
PhD Social-Anthropology (1983)
The anthropology of dance, the anthropology of the body, Australian Aboriginal (Tiwi) dance, South Asian dance in Britain, identity and dance, dance in transnational and postcolonial world, dance and gender, arts for social change
She directed the Leverhulme project 'South Asian Dance in Britain: Negotiating cultural identity through dance' (1998-2001) and was assistant director of the AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board) Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance (2002-2007), a collaboration between SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London University), UniS (University of Surrey Guildford) and Roehampton.
Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Islanders Studies
Congress on Research in Dance
European Association of Social Anthropologists
ICTM Ethnochoreology Study Group
Royal Anthropological Institute
Society for Dance Research
Member of Editorial Board of The International Journal of traditional Arts
Peer-reviewed for publishers: Ashgate, Dance Books, Sage, Routledge.
Peer-reviewed for journals British Journal of Ethnomusicology, Dance Research Journal; Sport and Society
Refereed for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Norwegian Research Council, and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)Interviewed for:
Adviser, Reputations: Mata Hari: unveiling the myth, BBC2 (2000)
Writer and presenter of programme on Venda music for 'Radio Television Suisse Romande', Geneva (1990)
Adviser BBC Television and Iambic Productions (1990)
Adviser, 'Dancing' Television series produced by Bruce Milliard for Ulster Television, 1988
Writer and presenter 'Songs of the Tiwi and other Aboriginal Peoples' for BBC Radio 3 'A celebration of Australia', May 1988
Adviser, 'The Dance Project', directed by Rhoda Grauer for WNET New York Television, 1988
Adviser, 'Naturally Creative', a Dibb Directions Production for Channel Four Television, 1987
Her main teaching lies in the area of the anthropology of performance. Her research interests are: dance and identity; dance in transnational contexts; cross-cultural concepts of classicism; cross-cultural conceptualisation of the body; dance and postcolonialism; arts for social change.
Examining Experience: Roehampton University: internal examiner BA, MA & PhD
BA: Middlesex University (1998-2001)
MA: Laban Centre (1992-1994), Limerick University (1998-2001)
PhD examined since 2010: