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Visiting Scholar Emma Meehan to visit School of Dance MFA Programme 20 March - 4 April 2015

05 February 2015 Category : Dance

Dr Emma Meehan

As Visiting Scholar, Dr Emma Meehan will primarily be conducting research on the topic of “somatic practices in dance training and performance in Hong Kong”.  In addition to her research, Dr Meehan will contribute to the MFA programme by conducting workshops and lectures.  These include; Thesis Project Seminar (Practice-as-Research); Contemporary Dance in Action (Autobiography in Performance);  and an MFA Workshop investigating the use somatics to choreographic practice.


Dr Meehan is a research assistant at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research. She received her BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College Dublin, where she taught on the BA and MA programmes. She also worked as the administrator for the Arts Technology research Lab at Trinity College Dublin, supporting the Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme. Her doctoral research focused on the work of Irish choreographer Joan Davis, who combines dance and somatic practices in creating interactive, site-specific performances.

She recently co-edited Through the Virtual Towards the Real: The Performing Subject in the Spaces of Technology with Matthew Causey and Neill O’Dwyer (Palgrave, 2015). Articles include: ‘The Autobiographical Body’, in Ways of Seeing the Body: Body in Performance edited by Sandra Reeve (Triarchy Press, 2013), ‘Visuality, Discipline and Somatic Practices: The Maya Lila Performances of Joan Davis’, in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (Intellect Press, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010), ‘Mobility and Improvisation: TheFlâneur in Maya Lila’, in Capturing Composition: Improvisation in Dance Research and Practice, edited by Sheila Creevey and Catherine Foley (Limerick: Dance Research Forum Ireland, 2011), and ‘Witnessing Somatic Experience in Maya Lila’, edited by Jeffrey Gormley, (, October 2010).


Practice-based research projects include performances of Speak on body/language at Unit 1 performance art night in Dublin, Wellness Sensorium on hospital experiences at Block T in Dublin, Fragmented on body image at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Goitse on body and technology at The Lab in Dublin, and a research and development project working through theatre and movement with children at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.


In 2014, she received an Arts Council of Ireland dance bursary for her project 'Revisiting the Archives of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre'. Other funding and awards include: the Samuel Beckett Studentship from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism/ Trinity College Provost’s Performing Arts Fund, Artist in the Community Scheme /Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Sligo Arts Office Bursary, Dublin City Council and Dance Ireland residencies amongst others.


She is a co-convenor of the Performance as Research working group at the International Federation for Theatre Research and is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 


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