Staff Details


 Marisa Zanotti BA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Research/Publications: Work for the screen. PhD research based on past work in dance and film.

Commercial Work/Professional: Award-winning artist currently working in film – first short film was screened at many international film festivals and nominated for a BAFTA and a BIFA. Directed extensively in dance and theatre with commissions from Arnolfini, Tramway, CCA and Edinburgh International Festival. £25,000 Creative Scotland Award. Currently developing a feature with writer, David Greig.

Cathy Childs BA, PGCert

Principal Lecturer in Dance and Head of Dance Subject Area, MA Performance Pathway Coordinator

Research / Publications: Investigating the choreographic work of Merce Cunningham and its technical dance style. Teaching and Pedagogical approaches in relation to undergraduate dance, PE and MA dance students in developing them as individual teachers.

Commercial Work / Professional: Dancer / teacher / examiner

Dr Yael Flexer

Senior Lecturer & Co-Artistic Director for mapdance

Jerwood Award winner Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland.

Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally.

The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, The Barbican, London, The Engine Room, Somerset, Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Dies de Dansa, (Barcelona, Spain).

Flexer & Sandiland recent touring productions include Disappearing Acts (2016) Weightless (2012-14) celebrating the company’s 20th Anniversary and The Living Room (2010-2011).

Commissions as an independent artist include: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Freiburg, Germany), Ludus Dance Company, Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, mapdance, Gravity & Levity, Laban Centre, Lila, Cascade, and Three Score Dance Companies. 2015-17 commissions include works for, Freefall Dance Company, Ydance Scotland, Scottish National Youth Dance Company, C.A.Ts Dance East and The Place, Motus Festival, Milton Keynes, Maslool , Tel-Aviv , Israel and Stavanger University Norway.

Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally including: Independent Dance, Greenwich Dance, The Place, , Attakalari Centre/Facets, India, Bewegungs Arts, Germany, Proda, Norway and The Tel-Aviv Dance Centre, Israel.

Yael has been awarded a bursary from The University of Chichester towards a PhD practice-based research which she completed in March 2013.

She also published a paper in Dance Now, Israel (Aug 2011) a peer-reviewed dance Journal and presented the company’s present installation works at among others, Brighton Digital Festival, M2 Gallery, Cine Dance- The Netherlands, DRHA conference Brunel University, Digital futures in Dance Conference, Bournemouth and British Dance Edition.

Yael’s research and practice centres on generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way which acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer. The work has a subtlety that is apparent in the movement choices, wry humour and informal on-stage dialogue between performers and the audience. Works play with the space in-between formal and informal presentation, reflecting on the overlapping between performance and the everyday.


Detta Howe BA,MA Advanced Performance Diploma

Co artistic Director of mapdance touring company

Commercial Work / Professional: Artistic Director of Havant-based Ginger Dance Theatre for whom she has made more than 20 works, touring widely throughout the South and beyond. Also toured with Transitions Dance Company and has taught a wide range of ages and abilities, ranging from 4-year olds, through to professional dancers to over 50s.

Ann Nugent MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dance, Independent Researchers’ Pathway Coordinator

Core Modules: Independent Research Projects, Dissertation

Research, Awards and Publications: Choreography of William Forsythe, expressionism, intertextuality and deconstruction processes. AHRC research leave award to complete a book on the work of William Forsythe

Commercial Work / Professional: Dance critic and writer

Professor Jane Bacon

Professor of Dance, Performance and Somatic Practices; Head of Research for Dance and Performing Arts

Specialisms: practice as research in dance and performance, self as creative source, documentation and ethnography, Jungian and post-Jungian approaches to working with creative practice, Authentic Movement and other somatic practices

Andrea Davidson BA, MA, DEA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Core Modules: Dissertation

Research, Awards and Publications: Specialist in video, dance and new media and new choreographic practices involving interactivity and generativity. Authour of the book Bains Numériques #1:Danse et nouvelles technologies and numerous articles and chapters in books, journals and revues. Award-winning choreographer-videographer and multimedia artist of funded works including La morsure, a pioneer interactive choreography for CD-ROM and installation, presented in international art centres, festivals, conferences and exhibitions as well as receiving the Prix de l’Écriture Multimédia de la Fondation Beaumarchais, a special mention from the jury of the Festival Napolidanza Il Coreografo Elettronico and the Grand Prix International Videodanse section New Media from UNESCO.

Commercial Work / Professional: Other works include Paysages Humains with theatre company Faim de Siècle; Maâlem Expérience and the interactive installation DiaPH with Gnawa musicians from Morocco; Double Jeu for the Académie de Cirque Fratellini, Saint-Denis; a multimedia scenography for D’anna-chronique… pavlova moi and the installation Anaphorique(s) with Spanish choreographer Anna Ventura; concerts, websites and DVDs for a number of musicians in Paris; and Paroles trouvées, a spatialized audio, videochoreographic, optical installation with French composer Dominique Besson.

Clare Parfitt-Brown BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Core Modules:Reflective Practice, Dissertation

Research / Publications: Research focuses on the historical and cultural construction of dancing bodies during modernity and postmodernity, particularly in popular dance contexts, both live and on screen. Doctoral research investigated the body politics of the cancan at selected moments in its history from its emergence in the late 1820s to Baz Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge! Research has been published in the journal Research in Dance Education and presented at conferences in the USA, France, South Korea and the UK.

Victoria Hunter PhD, MA, PGCE, BA

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Specialisms: Site- Specific Choreography, Practice-as-Research

Productions include: Beneath (2004), The Library Dances (2006), Project 3 a durational dance (July 2007) x 3 (May 2010) a site specific dance film, Wingbeats, (2011) dance exploration of South Landing beach, Flamborough North Yorkshire and Dancing The Beach West Wittering (2013).

Publications include:Moving Sites’ Transformation, Re-location and Site-Specific Dance Performance. (2012). Contemporary Theatre Review.  Spatial Translation and ‘Present-ness’ for Site Specific Dance Performance. (2011)  New theatre quarterly, 27. Experiencing Space:  The Implications for Site-Specific Choreography in Butterworth, J. Wildeschut, L. (2009), Contemporary Choreography:  A Critical Reader. London, Routledge.  Getting Lost: Site -Specific Performance and Re-location. (2007) Performance Research Vol. 12 no 2. June 2007.  Public Space and Site-Specific Dance Performance: Negotiating the Relationship. Research in Drama Education, Vol 12, no 1.2007.  Embodying The Site; The Here And Now in Site-Specific Dance Performance. New Theatre Quarterly Vol. xxi, Part 4 November 2005.


Nanette Kincaid

Contemporary Technique
Nanette Kincaid is a professional dancer who has performed with many companies and artists including Arc Dance Company, Retina, Bock and Vincenzi and Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures. Trained at Laban, the London School of Contemporary Dance and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, she is an experienced teacher. She has taught for many colleges, companies and organisations including London Contemporary Dance School, Laban, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Royal Opera House, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Coisceim, The Place, Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland, Dance Northern Ireland and many others.

Caroline Waters, Improvisation

Caroline is an International Dance/Theatre Practitioner dedicated to the craft of Improvisation in Performance and the study of Contact Improvisation.  Mainly drawing from C I and New Dance practices, Caroline teaches, performs and directs in various situations ranging from the performic to the therapeutic, working with both professionals and non-professionals.  The work often focuses on collaboration and working with other Art forms, which includes experience of working with a range of non-theatre spaces as a focus for performance.

Caroline has a passion for festival organisation and has been respnsible for many International Improvisation events, including 4 European C I Teachers Exchanges in the UK, Hungary and Russia, as well as being an Artistic Director of Contact Moscow for the past 5 years.  She has performed at many International Improvisation Festivals across Europe and America and has recently completed 2 tours of Siberia.  Amongst all the travelling Caroline was an Associate Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts UK for 11 years.  Most recently has been an inteisive teacher at the Israeli Contact Festival 2009.  Caroline continues to develop her own body of work internationally as a freelance improviser in performance, as a dancer, teacher/director and musician.