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Dr Brandon Shaw 


Brandon Shaw (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst; MA Philosophy, University of Georgia), a dance scholar-practitioner, joined the Dance Studies Department following his position as inaugural Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Brown University (USA). He is coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in Dance Studies and co-chair of the Centre for Performing Arts Histories and Historiographies. His research interests include literature and dance, early modern European body culture (especially dance and fencing) phenomenology, dance historiography, US Race Studies, and representations of the invisible in dance. Brandon was recently keynote speaker at the Dance and Literature Symposium and was a Scholar in Residence at Jacob’s Pillow. His article, ‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody’ (Theatre Journal 67 (1) (2015)) received the Society of Dance History Scholars’ 2016 Gertrude Lippincott Award. His articles and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, and The Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and articles are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal (for whom he also serves as reviewer) and About Performance. Brandon is co-editor of and contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance.


With a diverse movement background including training in release-based techniques, fall and recovery, Contact Improvisation, Argentine tango, Pilates, and martial arts, Brandon’s practice and pedagogy emphasize fierce movement and dynamic partnering. Through a band of performers gathered under Cleave [dance-theatre], Brandon choreographs confrontations with social issues through partnering that is both rugged and tender. As a choreographer, Brandon’s work has been selected for appearances at 10x6 (Berlin), Science in the City and Notte Bianca (Malta), Brown University’s Faculty Concert (Providence, Rhode Island, USA) and he was honoured as Choreographer in Residence at K77 (Berlin). 

www.cleavedancetheatre.com

 

Recent Performance Projects

2016. Choreo. Sticks & Stones, Notte Bianca, Valletta (October)

2015. Choreo. Flailing Memory, Science in the City, Valletta (25 September)

Choreo. and perf. Again, If You Have More Strength with Shura Baryshnikov. Brown University Family 2013. Weekend Dance Concert (18-20 October)

2013. Choreo.: The best advice my grandma ever gave me… Brown University Spring Faculty Dance Concert (2-5 May) and Commencement Dance Concert (25 May)

2013. Choreo. and perf.: through…an Oresteia (work-in-progress), AS220 Providence, RI (15 May)

2013. Choreo.: ‘Morphine Tango’ in Kiss of the Spider Woman (dir. Marcus Gardley). Brown University (30 October-8 November)

2011. Choreo and curation, evening-length concert, tip of the tongue K77 Studio, Berlin (10-11 Dec) 2011. Choreographies: tip of the tongue (30 min.; 7 dancers); Through the Precipice (solo), Cuticle (duet) 

2011. Choreo. and perf. Wake [excerpts]: Into the Deep: Liz Erber and Guests, K77, Berlin, Germany (22-3 May) 

2011. Choreo. and perf. Knowing you like I do, I could…, 10x6, ADA Studios, Berlin, Germany (7-8 May)


Selected Publications

Forthcoming. McCulloch, Lynsey and Brandon Shaw (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance. Oxford: Oxford University Press 


Forthcoming. ‘Introduction’ (with Lynsey McCulloch), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds.), L. McCulloch, and B. Shaw, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 


Forthcoming. ‘Shakespeare’s Dancing Bodies: The Case of Romeo,’ The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds. ), L. McCulloch, and B. Shaw, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 


Forthcoming. ‘Effacing Rebellion and Righting the Slanted: De-classifying the Archive of MacMillan’s (1965) and Shakespeare’s (1597) Romeo and Juliets,’ Dance Research Journal (2017)

 

2017. ‘Effacing and Declassification in the Archive of Shakespeare’s and MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliets’, Dance Research Journal, 49 (2): 62-78


2015. ‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody,’ Theatre Journal 67 (1) (March), pp. 21-42


2014. Review of Choreographing Empathy (Susan Leigh Foster) in TDR/The Drama Review 57 (No. 4)  (Winter): 177-180


Forthcoming. ‘Friction, Antagonism, and Interdisciplinary Partnering: Prokofiev’s and Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (1940)’, in Performance & Interdisciplinarity: Contemporary Approaches, eds. Stefan Aquilina and Malaika Sarco-Thomas (Msida: University of Malta, 2017)


Forthcoming. McCulloch, Lynsey and Brandon Shaw (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance. Oxford: Oxford University Press 


Forthcoming. ‘Introduction’ (with Lynsey McCulloch), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds.), L. McCulloch, and B. Shaw, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 


Forthcoming. ‘Shakespeare’s Dancing Bodies: The Case of Romeo,’ The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds. ), L. McCulloch, and B. Shaw, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 


2017. ‘Sitting-There: Kinesthetic Empathy in Dance and the Place of Phenomenology,’ About Performance 16 (June)


2015. ‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody,’ Theatre Journal 67 (1) (March), pp. 21-42


2014. Review of Choreographing Empathy (Susan Leigh Foster) in TDR/The Drama Review 57 (No. 4)  (Winter): 177-180


Selected Conference Papers 

‘Invisibility, Impalpability, and Culpability: Phenomenology and Aesthetic Education’ Dance Studies Conference on Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation: Artistic, Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, University of Malta, 30 June 2016


‘Battling with Shakespeare in Rennie Harris/Puremovement’s Rome and Jewels (2000)’ CORD/SDHS Dance Studies Conference: ‘Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation,’ Pomona College, 3-6 Nov 2016


‘Effacing Juliet’s Rebellious Choreography in the “Bad” Quarto and Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet (1965)’ Dance and Literature Symposium, Coventry University London Campus, 10 September 2015


‘Friction, Antagonism, and Interdisciplinary Partnering: Prokofiev’s and Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (1940)’ Performance and Interdisciplinarity Conference. University of Malta, 20 March 2015

‘Interanimacies: Encountering Life Through the Inanimate in Sasha Waltz’s noBody.’ The School of Performing Arts Research Seminar, University of Malta, 6 November 2014


 ‘Feet for Dancing: Shakespeare and the Dancing Body in Romeo and Juliet’ Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, 4-7 April 2013

‘Phantom Pains and Pain from Phantoms: Existential Depth and the Dance of Grief.’ The Merleau-Ponty Circle. Fordham University, NYC, 20-22 September 2012


Awards and Honours 

Society of Dance History Scholars’ 2016 Gertrude Lippincott Award for ‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody' (Theatre Journal 67 (1) (March 2017), pp. 21-42)  

 

Keynote speaker, Dance and Literature Symposium, Coventry University London Campus (10 September 2015)


Scholar in Residence, Jacob’s Pillow (Beckett, MA), 20-24 August 2013


Inaugural Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Brown University, two-year appointment from 2012


Recipient DAAD Dissertation Research Grant, Berlin, 2010


Supervision

Brandon is accepting proposals for postgraduate study with dissertations or theses researching topics including critical dance history, contemporary choreographers, phenomenological themes (e.g., spectatorship, kinesthetic empathy, Merleau-Ponty, criticisms of phenomenology), Foucault, and choreography and activism.

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