New Mobilities "on the Turn"?

Reviewers’ Committee – Biographies

Conf Organizers London2023

Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg and writer and his interests vacillate between boredom and hysteria. His research connects around performance and performativity and includes the recent histories of contemporary dance, queering practices and camp misunderstandings. He is a visiting lecturer at Stockholm University of the Arts and Head of Choreographic School at Sadler's Wells in London.

Tom Hastings is Lecturer in Dance at The Place, London. Recent articles feature in Performance Research and Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts. Tom is co-editing a collection of essays on the choreographer, Yvonne Rainer, and is at work on a book project that excavates the history of the UK culture wars through performance case studies in India, Ghana, Trinidad, and the UK. Tom regularly writes art criticism for magazines including Art Monthly, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst, and Artforum.

Efrosini Protopapa is a choreographer and academic working across dance, theatre, dramaturgy and performance. She has presented choreographic work across the UK, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece. Her written work has been published in journals, arts publications and catalogues for performance festivals, and she is a co-author of the book The Practice of Dramaturgy: Working on Actions in Performance (Valiz, 2017). Efrosini mentors artists and curates research exchange events internationally. She currently works at The Place LCDS as Director of Postgraduate Courses and Research, and is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton, where she supervises practice-based PhD projects externally.

Thea Stanton is an indigenous Chilean British dance researcher, choreographer and educator currently undertaking a Practice as Research PhD at the University of Chichester where she is exploring the notion of immersive choreography as a means to negotiate, boundaries, difference and societal power structures within immersive and participatory performance frameworks. Thea is currently a Lecturer at The Place. Recently, Thea has presented papers at Our Dance Democracy 2, The Society for Dance Research Inclusion and Intersectionality Symposium, TaPRA 2021, The Dance Studies Association Conference 2022, and What Dance Can Do (Chichester University). She is currently a co-convenor for the Theatre and Performance Research Association, Body and Performance Working Group, and has been invited to speak on SDR’s Inclusion and Intersectionality Podcast as well as the ResDance podcast, produced by Dr Gemma Harman. Thea is a recipient of the Society for Dance Research’s Ivor Guest Research Grant 2022.

Lise Uytterhoeven is Director of Dance Studies at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School. Her monograph Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship is published by Palgrave Macmillan in the New World Choreographies series. She has published in Contemporary Theatre Review, Research in Dance Education, The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet and The Ethics of Art. She co-authored the study guide What Moves You? Shaping your dissertation in dance (2017), published by Routledge. Lise is Co-Chair of the Society for Dance Research and a member of the Associate Board of Dance Research.

Graduate Student Assistant
Jiaying Gao is a passionate Chinese dancer, choreographer, and curator, currently pursuing a PhD in the Advanced Practices programme at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Her research investigates the intersection of the body perceptions and the archives, particularly within the frame of Dance museums. She has an extensive research experience in the fields of Chinese dance, as well as cultural and ethnic policies and their impact on social and economic development at local, national and international levels. Gao is currently undertaking a practice-based project that aims to extend and reflect the performativity of identities and affects in dances archives. She has presented papers at Modes of Capture 2023, Environmental Emergencies Across Media 2023 and  TaPRA 2022, participated in "Dance as Possibility, Dance as Casualty: Movement and the Stakes of Dance Making" in Montpellier, and given a workshop at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, she has been invited to curate at the Flamenco Dance Museum.