Department of Dance

Visiting address
011 Michaelis, Froebel
Contact

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3373

Biography

My identity is shaped through travels and translations. Just as I came to dance through visual arts, I traveled geographically too. Before coming to London and Roehampton, I lived, studied and worked in several countries. I completed BA in Fine Arts (combining practice and theory of painting, print-making and sculpture) in Serbia, Belgrade, University of Fine Arts. Belgrade is also my city, where I was born and where I spent my formative years. I completed an MA in Dance Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada -- my adopted city and country, in which I lived for over a decade, before coming to London to work on my doctoral research at Dance Department here at University of Roehampton. Now I am a Londoner. My perspective thus combines kinds of trans-cultural and cross-disciplinary experiences, upon which I also draw in my teaching.

I joined the Department as a full-time Lecturer upon completion of my PhD studies at Roehampton. Studying here was a great experience, and discovering the teaching simultaneosly, during that process, alowed for important insights into different possibilities for observing and thinking about dances. As I come to dance studies from visual art, my understanding of world around me through observation proved to be a stimulating aspect in both practices. In dance research and teaching I try to explore what can be learnt about dancing through our visuality, in addition to exploring movement through other parts of my body.

Qualifications

PhD, MA Dance, BA Fine Arts, FHEA.

Research interests

In dance research I aim to bridge the experiences of the dancer and the spectator. I explore corelations between the performer's ideas about their performances, and the ways in which such conceptualisations might affect what the viewer sees in the dance. My methodology often involves dialogues with professional dancers, which in turn inform my writing and research. I also organise public events with dancers as collaborators ( The Forsythe Company at Work, June 2013, at University of Roehampton and Sadler's Wells; Dana Caspersen's workshops Violence:Recode at University of Roehampton (May 2015) and UNDER | STAND: Action Dialogues on Race (Feb 2019, supported by TECHNĒ).

My recent research projects centre on dance and visual culture concepts, such as self/portraiture in art videos and dance performance; aesthetic of practice clothes/leotard ballet costumes and impact on dancers' performances; collaborations between fashion designers and choreographers (William Forsythe and Issey Miyake); post-dramatic theatre performance as a case of theatre-based FOMO, and others. My upcoming research project will consider modes of abstraction in 20th century ballet, and idea of 'bedroom discos' and hanging out, as observed in dancing as found in video-based fine arts. 

Teaching

I teach and contribute to a number of contextual modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Those include BA Thinking Through Dance, Dance Analysis and Philosophy, Dance, Gender and Sexualities, and BA Dissertation; MA/MFA/MRes Ways of Knowing, and Mediated Choreography.

Currently I co-supervise four PhD projects, on topics of:

• dance spectatorship/spectator's experience of the dance work;

• dance and visual culture concepts (such as fashion design and costumes);

• the process of dancing in the studio, as a practice of togetherness;

• ballet dancers' experience in rehearsals and ballet classes. 

I invite proposals for PhD projects on dance and visual culture (including fine arts and popular media, such as fashion, cinematography, digital/social media photographic works, and social media as a space of performance). I'm also interested in issues of dance and visual representation), dance and spectatorship in theatre and post-digital space. I have specialised in the dancer's contribution and agency, particularly in  ballet during the 20th/21st centuries. 

 

Links

Professional affiliations

Dance Studies Association,

Performance Studies International PSi,

TaPRA (Performance and New Technologies Working Group)

 

Consultancy work

Editorial board member (Reviews Editor) International Journal of Screendance, 2017-2019

Adjunct curator Sans Souci Screendance Festival 2018-2019

Advisory work for Swiss National Science Foundation

Peer review work for scholarly publications (including Dance Research Journal , Critical Journal in Men's Fashion)

External examiner BA Hons. Dance University of Lincoln (2014-2018), BA Hons. in Dance Studies, University of Malta (2019- )

 

Research outputs

  1. Book Review : Nicoletta Misler , The Russian Art of Movement 1920-1930

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  2. The Reverberations of Andante

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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Prizes

  1. Travel Award

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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