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Nigel Stewart

Nigel Stewart

Senior Lecturer

The LICA Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YW


Tel: +44 1524 594152

Affiliations

Centre for Performance and Practice

Profile

Nigel Stewart is a dance artist and scholar.  He is Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University; the Artistic Director of Sap Dance (www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/jackscout); Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project Re-enchantment and Reclamation: New Perceptions of Morecambe Bay Through Dance, Film and Sound (2006-08); author of many articles and chapters on contemporary dance, dance phenomenology and environmental dance; and co-editor of Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and the Arts (Peter Lang 2005).  He has danced for various UK and European choreographers, including Thomas Lehmen, and as a solo artist.  Apart from his choreography for Sap Dance, he has worked as a choreographer and director for Louise Ann Wilson Company, Theatre Nova, Theatreworks Ltd., Triangle and many other UK companies, and Odin Teatret in Denmark.

Research Interests

Nigel Stewart is committed to exploring contemporary dance and the environment through phenomenological philosophy and Laban Movement Analysis.  This has led in equal measure to professional performance works and to scholarly publications.  As a choreographer he has created touring theatre works, films, and rural site-specific and walking performance works which emerge from systematic field work with scientists and local conservationists; which involve close collaborations with creative writers, scenographers and sound artists; which seek to distil and disclose human experience of the other-than-human world; and which have a positive impact for local stakeholders and communities. 

Nigel's written publications follow two lines of enquiry, each of which has generated a book-length series of essays.  The first theorises environmental dance, including his own dance works, in terms of environmental aesthetics and values.  The second uses the phenomenology and hermeneutic ontology of Derrida, Gadamer, Heidegger, Husserl, Levinas, Marion, Merleau-Ponty and others to explore the relationship between choreography and the visual arts in dance works by Lea Anderson, Eugenio Barba, Herman Diephuis, John Jasperse, Thomas Lehmen and Russell Maliphant.

Current Teaching

MA Contemporary Arts Practice (2010-Present)

BA Theatre Studies:

  • LICA 286 Modern Dance (2012-Present)
  • THEA 320 Dissertation (2009-Present)
  • THEA 308 Postmodern Dance & Physical Theatre (2006-Present)

External Roles

2011-Present  External Examiner in Dance at University of Surrey

2004-2008      External Examiner in Dance at Liverpool Hope University

2001-2004      External Examiner in Dance at Bath Spa University

2005-Present  Artistic Director of Sap Dance

Career Details

1992-Present.  Senior Lecturer in Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster  University.  Specialist in contemporary dance and physical theatre

1986-92.  Visiting Lecturer in Higher Education in Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies:

  • for Bedford College Of Higher Education.  Module Tutor (1988) on BA in Humanities (Drama)
  • for University Of Birmingham.  Visiting Lecturer in Theatre on BA in Drama and Theatre Arts
  • for University Of Central England.  Visiting Lecturer in Dance for Diploma in Dance in Education
  • for Wolverhampton University.  Regular part-time Lecturer (1986-88) for BA in Humanities (Theatre Studies).  Convenor & Tutor: Modern Theatrical Innovators; Popular Theatre

1986-92.  Visiting Dance and Theatre Teacher in Further/Adult Education for Birmingham City Council, Sutton College, etc.

1985-88.  Company Director/Artistic Director/Founder Theatreworks Ltd.  Professional creative, educational, and administrative consultancy (incl. second largest venue at Edinburgh Fringe 1988, annual series of summer schools from foundation to professional levels, etc.)

1984-91.  Joint Artistic Director/Founder of Theatre Nova.  Professional project-based small- and middle-scale national touring company

1981-84.  Director/Administrator/Production Manager of Cornerstone Theatre Company.  Professional full-time small-scale national touring company

1981-Present  Freelance Choreographer/Dancer/Director/Teacher

Qualifications

(2000) Master of Letters (M.Litt.).  The University Of Birmingham.  Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.  Thesis: Power of/over Body: Dramaturgy as a Model of Self

(1981) Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Upper Second) in Drama, Dance, Music.  Department of Drama, Dance, Music, Film & Television.  College of Ripon & York St John (University of Leeds). 

PhDs Examined

Milburn, Gayle R L (2012) Empathy and Presence in the Performance of ‘Open' Improvisational Dance, PhD, University of Chichester.

Sarco-Thomas, Malaika (2009) Twig Dances: Improvisation Performance as Ecological Practice, PhD, Dartington College of Arts.  External Examiner.

Ravn, Susanne (2008) Sensing Movement, Living Spaces: An Investigation of Movement Based on the Lived Experience of 13 Professional Dancers, PhD, University of Southern Denmark.  External Examiner.

Malcolm, Richard (2004) Prosthetic Stages: Bodies and Cameras in Contemporary Experimental Performance, PaR Ph.D., Lancaster University [two productions by imitating the dog and 40,000 word thesis].  Internal Examiner.

2013

Dance and the event: John Jasperse’s Giant empty and The disclosure of being

Stewart, N. 2013 Performance, identity and the neo-political subject. Causey, M. & Walsh, F. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 166-181 16 p. (Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Jack Scout (film redux)

Stewart, N. & Wilson, L. A. 2013

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

2012

Ghost Bird

Stewart, N., Wilson, L. A. & Griffin, J. 15/09/2012

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

2011

Fissure

Stewart, N. & Wilson, L. A. 20/05/2011

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

A Theological Turn? French Postmodern Dance and Herman Diephuis’ D’après J C

Stewart, N. 17/05/2011 Contemporary French Theatre and Performance. Lavery, C. & Finburgh, C. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 200-212 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

The weathering body: composition and decomposition in environmental dance and site-specific live art

Stewart, N. 2010 The dynamic body in space: developing Rudolf Laban's ideas for the 21st century. Preston-Dunlop, V. & Sayers, L-A. (eds.). Alton: Dance Books, p. 217-228 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Jack Scout

Stewart, N. & Wilson, L. A. 17/09/2010

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Dancing the Face Of Place: Environmental Dance and Eco-Phenomenology

Stewart, N. 12/2010 In: Performance Research. 15, 4, p. 32-39 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Lune: dancing as land surveying

Stewart, N. 2009 Practice-as-research in performance and screen. Fuschini, L. A., Jones, S., Kershaw, B. & Piccini, A. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Still Life

Stewart, N. & Wilson, L. A. 25/09/2008

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

2006

The Saturated Moment

Stewart, N., Bulgin, D. (Translator) & Whistlecroft, L. 30/08/2006 Sap Dance

Research output: Other contribution

2005

Lune

Stewart, N., Mercer, K. & Woolford, K. 5/11/2005

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and the Arts.

Stewart, N. & Giannachi, G. 2005 Berne: Peter Lang. 437 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Understanding understanding: phenomenological hermeneutics in Thomas Lehmen's clever.

Stewart, N. 2005 Ethnicity and Identity: Global Performance. Chaturvedi, R. & Singleton, B. (eds.). New Delhi: Rawat, p. 65-77 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction: spectacle, world, environment, void.

Stewart, N. 2005 Performing nature: explorations in ecology and the arts. Giannachi, G. & Stewart, N. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 19-62 44 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Dancing the time of space: fieldwork, phenomenology and nature's choreography.

Stewart, N. 2005 Performing nature: explorations in ecology and the arts. Giannachi, G. & Stewart, N. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 363-376 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

To and fro and in-between: the ontology of the image in Thomas Lehman's Stations.

Stewart, N. 2003 Stationen. Kramm, S-T. (ed.). Berlin: Podewil/Thomas Lehmen, Vol. 3, p. 19-28 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Round the table discussion.

Cramer, F. A., Lehmen, T., Stamer, P. & Stewart, N. 2003 Stationen. Kramm, S-T. (ed.). Berlin: Podewil/Thomas Lehmen, Vol. 5, p. 3-39 37 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Understanding understanding: Phenomenological Hermeneutics in Thomas Lehmen's Clever.

Stewart, N. H. 2002 Ethnicity and Identity: Global Performance. Rawat Publishers, New Delhi:, 65 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Actor as Refusenik: Theatre Anthropology, Semiotics, and the Paradoxical Work of the Body.

Stewart, N. 2002 Negotiating Cultures: Eugenio Barba and the Intercultural Debate. Watson, I. (ed.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 46-58 13 p. (Theatre)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Night Side

Stewart, N., Collinson, P. & Sims, C. 4/08/2001

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Clever

Stewart, N. 2001

Research output: Other contribution

1998

Re-languaging the body: phenomenological description and the dance image

Stewart, N. 1998 In: Performance Research. 3, 2, p. 42–53 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article