Dr Jane Munro, BA, MA, PhD

Job title

Lecturer, Movement

Profile

I am a choreographer/performance maker and dancer/performer. I hold a BA (Hons) from the Laban Centre as well as an MA in Dance Studies (Choreography) from the University of Surrey and a practice as research PhD on Intimate Contemporary Dance in the 21st Century. I am particularly focused on immersive dance and performance. I teach movement and performance making as well as practice as research at Central. I have taught at the University of Northampton and in 2015/16 have also been a part-time teaching fellow at the University of Surrey, contributing to modules in choreography and contemporary dance practices. I have been an external examiner for BA dance at Northumbria University and The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

Alongside choreographing, I also perform both in dance and performance pieces, including improvised dance /music project Murmurist (2015/16), and co-devised piece I'm Going Outside and I May Be Sometime with Cathy Turner (Wrights and Sites) at the Phoenix Theatre, Exeter in 2003 and performed with Apocryphal Theatre at Camden Peoples' Theatre and at Lorem Ipsum Gallery (2008).

My current research looks at how immersive performance can offer a different and experiential approach to dance and performance work with diverse communities. Drawing on the experiences of professional performers and workshop participants, the practice is both auto-ethnographic and ethnographic, and draws on verbatim practice. It unpacks the ethics of creating work with diverse groups in London in the 2010s, including audiences and also foregrounds the positive potential of immersive performance in this field.

Courses

Advanced Theatre Practice, MA/MFA

Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Teaching Areas

  • Immersive Performance
  • Site-Specific Performance
  • Movement improvisation
  • Composition and choreography
  • Contact improvisation for actors
  • Practice as Research in Dance and Immersive Performance

Research Areas

  • Immersive Performance – Practice as Research
  • Postmodern Dance/Choreography – Practice as Research

PHD Supervision

I have experience of supervising work in the following areas: queer dance, Laban studies and dance improvisation and documentation. I have interests also in dance/movement and sound relationships, and immersive choreography and performance.

Practice

My work as a choreographer, dancer/performer often involves collaborations with musicians and is frequently immersive. My work includes:

2016/2015. Dancer/Choreographer with Rebecca Bogue. Murmurists. (Composer Anthony Donavon) Café Oto, London.

2016. Performer/Choreographer with Rebecca Bogue. Rope Piece. Styx International Women's’ Day event.

2014. Choreographer and Performer with Karin Postisk Fisher. Cat and Butterfly Participatory dance theatre performance for under-fives. Collingham Gardens Nursery School.

2014. Choreographer. Invitation Turn Festival, Contact Theatre, Manchester.

2013. Dancer/Choreographer.Salt Piece. PSi International Conference, Stanford, California, USA.

2013. Co-choreographer with Rebecca Bogue. Cut, Ribbon, Tie. Filling Station London.

2011. Dancer - Stranger than Fiction.. – Improvisation Dance/Music performance with Anthony Donovan, Rebecca Bogue and Graham Dunning. Siobhan Davies Studios.

2009 Dancer. Window Meeting. Collaboration with dancer Rebecca Bogue, and musicians Anthony Donovan and Matt Chilton.

2006, Choreographer. Wardrobe Perspectives Festival, Chisenhale Dance Space.

2003. Performer. I’m Going Outside And I May Be Some Time Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter. (Director Cathy Turner).

2001. Choreographer. Mine Dance on Screen, The Place London. Site sensitive Dance film screened winning prize for ‘outstanding promise’.  Film toured and presented at TTV festival Italy and to Arnolfini, Bristol. (Director: Alex Estrella)

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.

Website

www.janemunro.co.uk

E-mail

jane.munro@cssd.ac.uk

Twitter

@janemunroDANCE