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Carol Brown

Professor In Dance
site-specific performance
interactive performance
arts & humanities
modern dance
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Carol Brown

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Carol Brown


Carol Brown is a New Zealand born dancer, choreographer, artist-scholar and director. Working in sustained collaborations, her body of work has evolved through dialogue and experimentation in diverse settings including urban, architectural and theatrical environments in response to questions of space, belonging and identity.

She has a BA(Hons) 1st Class in History (University of Otago), an MA (Distinction) in Dance Studies (University of Surrey) and completed one of the first PhDs with Creative Practice (University of Surrey). Carol founded Carol Brown Dances whilst Choreographer in Residence at the Place Theatre London. Through collaboration with dancers, other artists and art forms, her work has developed a transdisciplinary reach. It continues to evolve and be challenged by contemporary problems and politics and strives to be relevant and necessary through engaging audiences in diverse situations of encounter. Extended residencies in Prague (Heart of the Senses), Barcelona (Parc Guell), Germany (Brollin), Ahmedehbhad (Darpana) and Philadelphia (Group Motion), alongside work with indigenous artists in Aotearoa New Zealand have propelled the work into contact zones where cultural differences are navigated and expressed. Carol Brown Dances have toured internationally including to Russia, Romania, Italy, US, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Colombia and throughout New Zealand. Recently, Carol was supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to undertake a performing arts tour. Her choreography has been presented by festivals including Roma Europa, Dance Umbrella, Brighton Festival, Ars Electronica and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Recent works include the rooftop performance LungSong (EcoWest Festival, Auckland 2019), the interactive dance-architecture, Singularity in collaboration with Use Rieger and Yinan Liu (Ars Electronica, Linz 2017) and the site-specific performance PAH in collaboration with Gillian Whitehead and Star Gossage (Auckland Arts Festival 2015). Carol’s work has been acknowledged through a NESTA Dream Time Fellowship, the Jerwood Choreography Prize, and the Ludwig Forum International Prize. As a dancer, Carol has performed in New Zealand with From Scratch and Moana Nepia. Carol continues to advocate for, and facilitate artistic doctoral research through Symposia, research supervision of practitioner doctorates and writings. Carol has been commissioned to create work on Scottish Dance Theatre, Verve, Subcircle, Group Motion, Touch Compass and DanceXchange. She has taught and choreographed extensively within tertiary environments including at Trinity Laban, London School of Contemporary Dance, National Contemporary Dance School Denmark and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds. Formerly a NESTA DreamTime Fellow and AHRC Research Fellow in the Performing Arts (Roehampton University) Carol returned to New Zealand in 2009. There she directed Choreographic Research Aotearoa, a forum for critical dance practice at the University of Auckland and taught postgraduate choreographic research and performance. She writes regularly for peer-reviewed journals on performance, technology and space and has contributed chapters to key texts on dance, technology, feminism, collaboration, site dance and choreography.In July 2019 she was appointed Head of Dance and Professor of Choreography at the University of Melbourne.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 140 most recent scholarly works by Carol Brown.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Asia New Zealand Performing Arts Travel Award


The New Zealand Listener Touchstone Award


Arts Council England Arts Plus Award for Woking Galleries


National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts Dream Time Award


Ludwig Forum International Prize


Jerwood Foundation


William Evans Fellowship, University of Otago


Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship


New Zealand Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship


University of Surrey PhD Scholarship





Professor In Dance

Victorian College Of The Arts


PhD Dance Studies

University of Surrey

Masters Dance Studies

University of Surrey


University of Otago