b. 1972 Bloomington, Indiana USA
2012 – 2019: PhD in Choreographic Practice (University of Chichester) full scholarship and bursary
supervisors: Professor Jane Bacon, Professor Vida Midgelow
thesis title: ‘Forming, Returning and Deepening: Dance-making with Authentic Movement’
2008 – 2012: Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 3-year Diploma Programme
teacher: Linda Hartley and guests
subject areas: Authentic Movement, Developmental Movement Patterns, Experiential Anatomy and Somatic Psychology
2000 – 2002: MA Dance Studies (Laban) with distinction
subject areas: Choreography, Aesthetics, Choreological Studies
dissertation advisers: Anna Pakes, Rosemary Butcher
1999 – 2000: Advanced Diploma Professional Studies, Artists in Schools Training Programme (Institute of Education, University of London and The London Arts Board)
1994 – 1996: Professional Diploma in Dance Studies (Laban Centre London) with distinction
Award for excellence in coursework, scholarship for second year of study
1990 – 1994: Bachelor of Philosophy (Miami University, Ohio, USA) cum laude
major: Interdisciplinary Studies, minor: German
Junior Year Abroad programme through Wayne State University and Ludwig Maximillians Universitaet in Munich, Germany
Selected choreographic projects
2014 – 2019: A solo which explores forming, returning and deepening movement material across an extended period of time.
2014 – present: Accumulations is a collaborative research and development project for four artists (Dani Abulhawa, Hannah Buckley, Sarah Spies & Amy Voris). Generated with support from The Arts Council, Dance Manchester, Yorkshire Dance and in affiliation with The Whitworth Art Gallery.
2014 – present: A collaboration with jewellery-maker Zoe Robertson, dance-artist Natalie Garrett and photographer Christian Kipp. Performed at Lanchester Gallery (Coventry), Parkside Gallery (Birmingham), Music Techfest (Berlin), Dance 4/Nottingham Contemporary and The University of Huddersfield.
2008 – present: A site-responsive dance project in collaboration with Natalie Garrett, photographer Christian Kipp, writer Niki Pollard. Performances at Summer Dancing Festival, Living Landscapes conference Aberystwyth, Dance in Devon, Dance and Somatic Practices Conference Coventry. With support from Coventry University and Warwick University as part of the AHRC project ‘Sensing the City’ (2018-2020)
2014: A collaboration with dance-artist Natalie Garrett and photographer Christian Kipp. Performed at the Performing Process Symposium (Coventry University) and the International Federation of Theatre Research (University of Warwick).
2013: A collaboration with composer James Buchanan. Performed at Emergency, Manchester, Coventry University and University of Chichester.
2012 – present: A collaboration with composer James Buchanan, lighting designer Cath Cullinane, dance artist Natalie Garrett and photographer Christian Kipp. With support from the Lanchester Gallery, Coventry.
2012 – 2013: A collaboration with artist Meghan Flanigan. Commissioned by DeCoda, Coventry.
2009 – 2011: A collaboration with composer James Buchanan, lighting designer Cath Cullinane and photographer Christian Kipp. Presented at Abundance festival Kartstadt, Sweden, Lanchester Gallery Coventry and Dance and Somatic Practices Conference Coventry. Created with support from Clarence Mews, London and Coventry University.
so much depends
2006 – 2008: A cross-art collaboration with photographer Christian Kipp, composer James Buchanan, lighting designer Lucy Hansom. Performed at Clarence Mews, London, Edgehill University, Coventry University. Commissioned by Dance Northwest / Exploratorium with additional support from The Arts Council.
2007: Artists’ Programme Chisenhale Dance Space. A grant for two weeks of research with Swiss choreographer Regula Voegelin.
2006 – 2008: A solo made in collaboration with scenographer Susannah Henry and composer James Buchanan. Developed at Clarence Mews, Laban and at Progr’ in Bern, Switzerland. Performed at the Blue Elephant Theatre, London; Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University, London; Delia Zapata Theatre, Bogota, Colombia; PROGR’ in Bern, Switzerland; Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Production funding from Migros kulturprozent, Bern Burgergemeinde, Swiss Amt fur Kultur Kanton Bern (Switzerland) and Espacio Ambimental, Republica de Colombia Ministerio de Cultura (Colombia).
2005 – 2008: A diverse group of performers who share a passion for movement and for play.
2006: Artists’ Programme Chisenhale Dance Space. A grant for one week of research with scenographer Susannah Henry.
2003 – 2007: A collaboration with solo performer Robyn Campbell, scenographer Susannah Henry, lighting designer Suzy Hallam, composer James Buchanan. Performed at Studio Theatre and Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban; The Michealis Theatre, Roehampton; Universal Hall, Findhorn, Scotland; 2007 revival in Vancouver, Canada.
2002 – 2004: A solo made in collaboration with sound designer Ohad Fishof and lighting designer Suzy Hallam. Performed at Laban and The Place.
Selected education / facilitation work
January – August 2019: Morning class, workshop delivery and project supervision on the MA in Creative Practice (Independent Dance/Trinity Laban) and project supervision on the MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing (UCLan)
2018 – 2019: Guest teacher on Janet Kaylo’s Laban and Somatic Studies International
Subjects: Experiential Anatomy and Authentic movement
2018 – 2019: Lecturer in Dance (.2), University of Central Lancashire
Subjects: Studio practice and dissertation/final project supervision
2018: Creative provocateur on Bridget Fiske’s project ‘The Body of Us’
2018: Choreographic advising on the MA in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School
2017: Senior Lecturer in Dance (.6), Manchester Metropolitan University
subjects: Choreographic Practice, Contemporary Technique and Improvisation, Dance Performance, Movement Research, dissertation/final project supervision
2012 – 2016: Guest Lecturer at Independent Dance London, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Plymouth University, Coventry University, University of Chichester, Manchester Metropolitan University,Lithuania Dance Summer School
2007 – 2012: Associate Senior Lecturer in Dance (.6), Coventry University
subjects: Studio Practice, Solo-Making, Site-responsive Practice, Interdisciplinary Performance Practice, Dance History, Performance Practice (MA level), dissertation/final project supervision
2006 – 2007: Sessional Lecturer, London Contemporary Dance School and Birkbeck College, London
subjects: Performance Studies, Teaching Studies, Choreological Studies
2006: Guest artist and workshop leader at DanzaCommun in Bogota, Colombia
2000 – 2005: Lecturer in Dance (.8), Laban
subjects: Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreography, Choreological Studies, Teaching Dance Technique, Repertory, Collaborative Practices, dissertation/final project supervision
2000 – 2001: Artist in Residence: Haggerston School, Hackney; St. Paul’s Way Community School, Tower Hamlets; Park High School, Stanmore; Langdon School, East Ham. All residencies culminated in a performance of student work
1994 – 2000: Creative Dance and Contemporary Dance Technique Teacher (secondary level), Tasis England, Surrey
1994: Creative Dance Teacher (primary level), McGuffey Foundation School, Ohio, USA
Selected performance work
2003 – 2019: Dancer/collaborator for choreographers Anna Macdonald, Caroline Salem, Katye Coe, Satya Dunning, Neil Paris, Meghan Flanigan, Dog Kennel Hill Project
1996 – 2003: Performer with and founding member of Rose’s Thoughts Dance Company devising 8 original dance works under the direction of Ruth Segalis. Rose’s Thoughts received support from The London Arts Board, Arts 4 Everyone, Greenwich Dance Agency, Jackson’s Lane Zone Three, London Borough Arts, Essex Dance, The Place Theatre Commission, The Place Choreodrome, The Video Place, The British Council, Bretton Hall, The Greenhouse Effect Conference, Laban. Segalis was a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and was short-listed for the Jerwood Award for Choreography. Rose’s Thoughts had over 60 performances in Britain and abroad.
June 2017: Presenting doctoral research ‘Returning and Deepening: Dance-making with the processual qualities of Authentic Movement’ at Artistic Doctorates in Europe, Research Pavillion, Venice
May 2017: Performance flockOmania at Culture, Costume and Dress Conference, Birmingham City University
December 2016: Performance flockOmania at Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice Symposium, University of Huddersfield
November 2016: Performance flockOmania at In Dialogue Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary/Dance 4
March 2016: Paper and performance: ‘FlockOmania – Women at Work: Experiments in Collaboration’ at Beyond Jewellery Symposium at Parkside Gallery / Birmingham City University
May 2015: Installation ‘Materiality and Collaboration: An open-lab space exploring the gallery project flockOmania’ at memory^sentiment^body^space^object – Dialogues across and between dance and art, Coventry University
July 2014: Performance and paper ‘skirting & winding’, Choreography & Corporeality Working Group, International Federation of Theatre Research, University of Warwick
June 2014: Performance and paper ‘skirting and process-oriented dance practice’, Performing Process Symposium, Coventry University
July 2013: Performance and paper ‘L219′ at Dance and Somatic Practices conference, Coventry University
June 2012: Paper ‘Dancing with Dirt and Wires: Site-specific Collaboration through the Digital’ at Performance and Technology Conference, Trinity College Dublin
May 2012: Workshop and positioning paper: ‘Porous Play and the Creative Process’ at On Collaboration Conference, Middlesex University
July 2011: Exhibition everything is at once, Performance sift (with Cath Cullinane and James Buchanan), Dance and Somatic Practices conference, Coventry University
May 2011: Workshop and positioning paper ‘Experiential Play with Colour: Movement as Process’ (with Natalie Garrett), Kaleidoscope Conference, Warwick University
June 2009: Performance ‘scored meditation for site’ (with Natalie Garrett, Christian Kipp and Niki Pollard) Living Landscapes Conference, Aberystwyth University
Voris, A. [forthcoming 2019] ‘Forming and Returning: Dance-making with Authentic Movement’ in online Artistic Doctorates in Europe resource
2018 Co-editor (with Natalie Garrett Brown and Fiona Bannon) Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 10.1 ‘Pedagogy and Process: Somatic Informed Education in a Postmodern Era’
Garrett Brown, N. & Voris, A. (2016), ‘flock0mania 2: Women at Work’, exhibition catalogue, published by Birmingham City University, UK
Cullinane, Garrett Brown, Kipp & Voris (2015), ‘At dusk, the collaborative spills and cycles of L219′ in Alexander, Garret Brown & Whatley (Ed) Attending To Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World, UK: Triarchy Press
Garrett Brown, Kipp & Voris (2015), ‘Dancing with dirt and wires; reconciling the embodied and the digital in site responsive collaborative practice’ In Causey, M., Meehan, E., O’Dwyer, N. (ed) Through the Virtual Toward the Real: The Performing Subject in the Spaces of Technology, UK: Palgrave Publishers
Garrett Brown, Kipp, Pollard and Voris (2011), ‘everything is at once: Reflections on embodied photography and collaborative process’, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Volume 3.1 & 3.2, pp. 74 – 84
Garrett, Lee, Pollard, and Voris (2010), ‘A gift of writing? Choreographer and writer collaborations in the university’, Research in Dance Education, Volume 11: 2, pp. 143 – 160
Selected professional development
2018-2019: participant in Artistic Doctorates in Europe, including conferences in Stockholm, Sweden and Chichester, England
September 2017: Independent Dance Parlour Conversation ‘Artists curating: creating space’ (with Sara Spies)
September – November 2017: Guest curator (with Sara Spies) for Independent Dance Autumn season
July 2017: Makers’ Lab at Clarence Mews, London
June 2017: Body & Earth retreat with Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose
May 2017: Dialogues with Dancers (Resonance FM), in conversation with Mary Prestige
May 2017: Erasmus funded teaching exchange between Manchester Metropolitan University and Turku Academy of the Arts (with Anna Macdonald)
November 2015: Inquiring Bodies 3, guest artist
March 2015: Critical Pathways with Rosemary Butcher, Independent Dance, London
November 2014: Somatic Movement Gathering, guest facilitator
April 2014: what_now festival, Independent Dance, London
2012 – 2015, 2017 – 2018: Authentic Movement ongoing study and practice group with Linda Hartley
2012 – 2015: Editorial assistant, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
2012 – 2013: IDOCDE, UK delegate
2008 – 2012: co-management of the Summer Dancing festival, Coventry
July 2006: Skinner Releasing Intensive, Seattle Washington
2005: Deborah Hay Solo Performance Commissioning Project, Findhorn, Scotland
2005: The Dancer’s Project, The Place, directed by Janet Smith, Christopher Benstead, Sean Feldman
2003 – 2007: Choreographers’ Circle, Chisenhale Dance Space, co-founded with Meghan Flanigan
1998: Performers’ Feedback Scheme, The Place Theatre, mentors: Gill Clarke, Lloyd Newson
2011 – present Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
Founding member and Board of Directors
2008 – 2016 Decoda
University College Union
Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy
Foundation for Community Dance
One Dance UK