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Lecturer in Drama
BA (Hons) (TCD)
Dipl. Tänzerin (Heinz Bosl Stiftung, Hochschule für Musik München)
Aoife’s research interests include dance and politics, performance and philosophy, and cultural and affect studies. Her monograph on dance theatre in Ireland is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
Aoife has worked as a dancer, choreographer, director, critic, and as dance adviser for the Irish Arts Council. Before joining Queen’s in 2012, Aoife lectured at the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin, where she completed her doctoral studies in 2011. Aoife has been invited to deliver guest lectures, workshops and master classes in Ireland and internationally. She also works as a consultant and creative adviser for theatre and dance artists.
Irish Society for Theatre Research New Scholar’s Prize 2011
TaPRA Essay Competition 2010 prizewinner
Society of Dance History Scholars Travel Award (2009)
IRCHSS (Government of Ireland) Research Scholarship (2008, 2009)
Trinity College Dublin Gold Medal (2007)
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Monograph: Dance Theatre in Ireland, London: Palgrave, forthcoming.
Journal article: ‘Choreographing the Unanticipated: Death, Hope and Verticality in Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Giselle and The Rite of Spring’, in Contemporary Theatre Review, 21: 2 (2011), pp. 154-170.
Journal article: ‘Emerging Dance Scholarship’, in Theatre Research International, Volume 36, No. 3 (2011), pp. 289-291.
Book Chapter: ‘The less you bump the faster you go?: staged scenes of dissensus in CoisCéim’s Dodgems’, in Rhona Trench (ed.), Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre Scholarship and Practice, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012), pp. 255-268.
Book Chapter: ‘Unfixing the traditional Irish dancing body’, in Anthony Shay (ed.), Dance and Ethnicity, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Selected dance criticism and commissioned writing:
Programme notes for Rian (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre), Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, October 2011.
‘Chrysalis Dance: 3 Piece Suite’, in Dance Europe, No.148, February 2011, pp. 71-72.
Home-grown Dance at The Fringe, (Dublin: Dance Ireland, 2010), commissioned booklet (unpaginated).
‘Dublin Dance Festival 2010: ways to drown and swimming with mother’, in Dance Europe, No. 144, October 2010, pp. 48-50.
‘Faun/As You Are’, in Dance Europe, No.138, March 2010, pp.68-69.
‘Dublin Festivals: Fringe Festival, Irish Youth Dance Festival and Dance 2009’, in Dance Europe, No.134, November 2009, pp.34-37.
‘Dublin Dance Festival 2009’, in Dance Europe, No.131, July 2009, pp.46-47.
‘CoisCéim’s Boxes’, in Dance Europe, No.129, May 2009, p.68-69.
Conference Presentations and Panel Chairing
2012 International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) annual conference, Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago
- Invited Paper at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral: ‘Dance and Politics in Ireland’
- Choreography and Corporeality Working Group Presentation: ‘Dance and Affect’
2012 Performance Studies International (PSI) annual conference, University of Leeds
Paper: ‘Dancing the Downward Slide’
2012 Arts Technology Research Laboratory/Dublin Dance Festival, Dancing with Fire Symposium
Panel Chair: ‘Dance for Camera’
2011 International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) annual conference, Osaka University, Japan
Choreography and Corporeality Working Group presentation: ‘Unfixing the traditional Irish dancing body’.
2011 Irish Society of Theatre Research conference (ISTR) annual conference, University of Pécs, Hungary
Paper: ‘Irish developments of German Tanztheater’
2011 ‘The Rest is History: Ireland and the Historical Imagination’, Symposium at Trinity College Dublin.
Paper: ‘Acts of Citizenship?: developments in Irish dance theatre’
2010 International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) annual conference, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
- Paper: ‘“Dead Flesh” dancing: Death, Hope and Verticality in Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Giselle and The Rite of Spring’
- Choreography and Corporeality Working Group presentation
- Panel Chair: Transitions from Modernism to Postmodernism: ‘(Post)modern Subject and Subjectivity’
2010 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference, University of Surrey and The Place, London
- Paper: ‘Do you want to see my hornpipe?: mutations of the spectacularised’
- Panel Chair: ‘Choreographing War, Terror and Pain as Spectacle’
2010 Irish Society of Theatre Research (ISTR) annual conference, Trinity College Dublin
Paper: ‘At the edge of the event: the dance of “unfixed thoughts” in the work of Jean Butler and Colin Dunne’
2009 International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) annual conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Paper: ‘Disputing Silence: Choreographies of Dissensus in Political Irish Dance Theatre’
2009 Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) annual conference, Stanford University, USA
Paper: ‘The less you bump, the faster you go?: Dodgems, Dissensus and Topographical Tactics’
2008 Performance Studies International (PSI) annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
Paper: ‘Warped Visions with Hard Edges: Re-Vising the Irish dancing body in Michael Keegan-Dolan's The Bull’