Dr. Jane Munro, BA (Hons), MA, PhD | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Dr Jane Munro, BA, MA, PhD

Job title

Lecturer, Movement

Profile

I am a choreographer/performance. I hold a practice as research PhD on Intimate Participatory Dance in the 21st Century. I focus on participatory dance and performance. I teach movement and performance making as well as practice as research at Central. I have taught Dance at the University of Northampton and in 2015/16, I was also a part-time teaching fellow at the University of Surrey, contributing to modules in choreography and contemporary dance practices. Currently, I am external examiner for the MA in Dance and Choreography at the University of Bedford, as well as previously an external examiner for the BA dance at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

Alongside choreographing, I perform both in dance and performance pieces, including improvised dance /music project Murmurists (2015/16). In 2016 and 2017, I performed Rope Piece in a range of venues including at FiliA Art, Oxford House, at the Dialouges for Dance Counterpoint Arts. Previously, I co-devised the 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 participation can offer a different and experiential approach to dance and performance work, paticularly with diverse communities. Drawing on the experiences of professional performers and workshop participants, my practice is both auto-ethnographic and ethnographic, and draws on verbatim practice. I am currently developing a dance project with Music in Detention, working with generating dance scores and performing them in and out of detention. My practice examines the positive community and reflective participatory performance in the fields of dance and contemporary theatre. 

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:

2017/2018. Choreographer with Rebecca Bogue. Rope Piece. Greenwich Dance Agency

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; FiliArt, Oxford House

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