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.
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Political Breathing: A practical philosophy for living relations. Opening Keynote.
Moving together: Inter-generational dance, somatic education and urban citizenship
Displaying the 140 most recent scholarly works by Carol Brown.
Participatory choreography for political breaths
CM Brown, K Pol
Journal article | 2018 | You are Here. Symposium for the International Documentation on Contemporary Dance Education in ImPulsTanz, Vienna, Austria
Dance states, unlike nation-states, are not territorially bound. How might a measure of the state we are in (or out of) be figure..
Dance, data and cultural transmission in Aotearoa: The alchemy of the laboratorium
Journal article | 2017 | Digital Echoes Symposium 2017: Dance data: Libraries and processes
Dancing with data choreographs flexible relations with the world as our gestures pass from being material events to immaterial cod..
Experience Byron (2014), Integrative Performance: Practice and Theory for the Interdisciplinary Performer. London and New York: Routledge.
Journal article | 2017 | Dance Research
How do performers prepare for inter-disciplinary performances? What might be relevant and effective ways to activate the different..
History as 'Making the Future Now' through Pacific Video and Performance Art: Inter-disciplinary collaborative performative installation
M Nepia, D Alcantara-Camacho, C Brown, M Davis, D Hannah, K Miller
Conference Proceedings | 2016
In addition to some of the timeless metaphors of water and navigation used to represent Oceanic connections, the poetics of light,..
PQ Theory: Scratching Beneath the Shiny, Pixelated Surface of the 21st Century
undefined Gob Squad, D Hannah, S Patten, M Bleeker, C Brown
Journal article | 2015 | PQ2015: Prague Quadrennial Design and Space
The second Theory Talk on ‘Bearing Witness & Screening Resistance’ by Gob Squad’s Sean Patten, discussed the collective’s explorat..
Dancing Between Whenua, Land and Matariki, Stars: On learning how not to be imperial
Journal article | 2013 | Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders: Joint Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance & the Society of Dance History Scholars
How might urban choreography within postcolonial cities dance with the deep rivers of story, memory and movement held in indigenou..
The Sustainability of Future Bodies Roundtable 13th June 2013, 1pm – 3pm
C Brown, M Medlin, G Paine, M Gourfink, C Toeplitz, P Gazzola, A Niemetz
Conference Proceedings | 2013
A Roundtable hosted by Critical Path, Sydney Australia addressing the role of the body in the future in relation to new digital te..
The Insider-Outsider Status of the Artist-Scholar: A Response to Dempster
Journal article | 2013 | Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement University of Illinois
The author presents a response to Elizabeth Dempster's 2005 article "Undisciplined Subjects, Unregulated Practices: Dancing in the..
The Waking Incubator: Sleep Science and Performing Arts in Dialogue
CM Brown, P Gander, S Trubridge, A Noble, G Warman, A Niemetz, R Scoones, B Harris, S Morgan, K O'Keefe, J Fleming, R Gibson, M McShane, A Wirz-Justice
Journal article | 2011
A collection of texts, images and dialogues re-presenting The Waking Incubator, a nine day series of workshops run at Massey Unive..
Architectural Statements and Technological Phrases: An inter-disciplinary investigation of performance and technology, and its influence on spatial design and occupancy
DJ Mc Meel, C Brown, A Longley
Journal article | 2010 | DRHA 2010: Sensual Technologies
We perhaps most readily associate notions of architecture engaging the senses with grand architectural statements. The Gothic Cath..
SLIP I'm not falling I'm just hanging on for as long you'll hold me Dance Theatre Work for Touch Compass
CM Brown, R Scoones, E Ransley
Live Performance of Creative Work | 2010
What if the stories we carry around with us were to focus upon the contingent and the accidental? What if we acknowledge chance an..
[Review of] Fluid city: transforming Melbourne's urban waterfront by K Dovey, with L Sandercock, Q Stevens, I Woodcock, S Wood; University of New South Wales Press, Sydney (distributed in the United Kingdom by Routledge), 2004
Journal article | 2005 | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING B-PLANNING & DESIGN
FLOOD in NZPQ15: Āhua o te Rangi, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space International Exhibition of Countries and Regions
D Hannah, R Scoones, L Erceg, C Brown
Influenced by Maori and Pacific sacred places (marae), the Ahua o Te Rangi installation serves as an interaction, negotiation and ..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Professor In Dance
Victorian College Of The Arts
PhD Dance Studies
University of Surrey
Masters Dance Studies
University of Surrey
University of Otago