amy voris cv

Amy Voris – CV
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.

enter inhabit
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.


invisible overlap
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).


sentient dogs
2005 – 2008: A diverse group of performers who share a passion for movement and for play.


ongoing brevity
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.


Conference presentations


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

2017 – 2018: Assistant on Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy programme

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


Editorial Board

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