Ellen Jeffrey

Email: e.l.jeffrey@lancaster.ac.uk

Previous Education

• Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London (2008-2011) Dance Theatre BA (Hons.) First Class
• University of the Arts, Helsinki (2011-2013) Live Art and Performance Studies MA
• Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London (2013-2016) Choreological Studies (Sp.Dip.)

Thesis Title

‘The Embodied Night: an eco-phenomenological approach to place through site-specific, night-time dance practice.’


• Nigel Stewart (Lancaster University)
• Professor Nick Dunn (Lancaster University)

Research Summary

This practice-based dance research project is concerned with the development of environmental values by reflecting phenomenologically on the experiences that individuals and communities have of a site at night and how those experiences can be transformed through movement. By integrating eco-phenomenological methods with movement techniques through which human beings encounter the other-than-human nocturnal world, the research will challenge notions of environmental knowledge predicated upon visual observation, and offer an alternative approach based on other sensory modalities and perceptual possibilities through which the self and other, the real and imagined, are entangled and a new time-based ontology of human there-being in the place-world can be explored.

Research interests

• movement analysis
• eco-phenomenology
• site-specific performance
• histories of night
• environmental dance

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