Nigel StewartSenior Lecturer
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); 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 was the Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project Re-enchantment and Reclamation: New Perceptions of Morecambe Bay Through Dance, Film and Sound (2006-08). He has danced for various UK and European choreographers, including Thomas Lehmen, and as a solo artist. Apart from Sap Dance, he has worked as a choreographer and director for Artevents, Louise Ann Wilson Company, National Theatre Wales, Theatre Nova, Theatreworks and many other UK companies, and worked for Odin Teatret in Denmark.
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 rural site-specific 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, Russell Maliphant, Marie Gabrielle-Rotie, and others.
BA Theatre Studies:
- LICA 100 Modernism in the Arts (2013-Present)
- LICA 180 Introduction to Theatre Studies (1996–9, 2001-3, 2008-Present)
- LICA 200 Critical Reflections (2013-Present)
- LICA 286 Modern Dance (2012-Present)
- LICA 300 Dissertation (2009-Present)
- LICA 386 Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts (2016-Present)
2011-2015 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
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
(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).
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.
Moving in Medias Res: Towards a Phenomenological Hermeneutics of Dance Improvisation
Stewart, N.H. 13/06/2019 In: The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199396986.
The Erotic Reduction: Crossed Flesh in Lea Anderson’s The Featherstonehaughs Draw on the Sketchbooks of Egon Schiele
Stewart, N.H. 02/2019 In: Performance Phenomenology. London : Palgrave p. 237–260. 24 p. ISBN: 9783319980584. Electronic ISBN: 9783319980591.
Flickering photology: turning bodies and textures of light
Stewart, N.H. 14/09/2016 In: Choreography and corporeality. London : Palgrave p. 51-66. 16 p. ISBN: 9781137546524 . Electronic ISBN: 9781137546531 .
The Dusk Wood
Stewart, N.H., Jeffrey, E., Whistlecroft, L.J., Wilson, L.A., Whitwood, C., Duxbury, K. 23/04/2016
Spectacle, world, environment, void: understanding nature through rural site-specific dance
Stewart, N. 30/03/2015 In: Moving sites. Abingdon : Routledge p. 364-384. 21 p. ISBN: 9780415710176, 9780415713252.
The Gathering/Yr Helfa
National Theatre Wales 12/09/2014
Still Life Redux
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A. 23/08/2014
Digital or Visual Products
Dance and the event: John Jasperse’s Giant empty and The disclosure of being
Stewart, N. 2013 In: Performance, identity and the neo-political subject. London : Routledge p. 166-181. 16 p. ISBN: 9780415509657. Electronic ISBN: 9780203078457.
Jack Scout Redux
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A. 2013
Digital or Visual Products
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A., Griffin, J. 15/09/2012
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A. 20/05/2011
A Theological Turn? French Postmodern Dance and Herman Diephuis’ D’après J C
Stewart, N. 17/05/2011 In: Contemporary French Theatre and Performance. Basingstoke : Palgrave p. 200-212. 13 p. ISBN: 978 0 230 58051 0 .
Dancing the Face Of Place: Environmental Dance and Eco-Phenomenology
Stewart, N. 12/2010 In: Performance Research. 15, 4, p. 32-39. 8 p.
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A. 17/09/2010
The weathering body: composition and decomposition in environmental dance and site-specific live art
Stewart, N. 2010 In: The dynamic body in space. Alton : Dance Books p. 217-228. 12 p. ISBN: 9781852731380.
Lune: dancing as land surveying
Stewart, N. 2009 In: Practice-as-research in performance and screen. Basingstoke : Palgrave ISBN: 9780230220010.
Stewart, N., Wilson, L.A. 25/09/2008
The Saturated Moment
Stewart, N., Bulgin, D., Whistlecroft, L. 30/08/2006
Stewart, N., Mercer, K., Woolford, K. 5/11/2005
Dancing the time of space: fieldwork, phenomenology and nature's choreography.
Stewart, N. 2005 In: Performing nature : explorations in ecology and the arts. Oxford : Peter Lang p. 363-376. 14 p. ISBN: 9783039105571.
Introduction: spectacle, world, environment, void.
Stewart, N. 2005 In: Performing nature : explorations in ecology and the arts. Oxford : Peter Lang p. 19-62. 44 p. ISBN: 9783039105571.
Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology and the Arts.
Stewart, N., Giannachi, G. 2005 Berne: Peter Lang. 437 p. ISBN: 3039105574.
Understanding understanding: phenomenological hermeneutics in Thomas Lehmen's clever.
Stewart, N. 2005 In: Ethnicity and Identity : Global Performance. New Delhi : Rawat p. 65-77. 13 p. ISBN: 81-7033-916-2.
Round the table discussion.
Cramer, F.A., Lehmen, T., Stamer, P., Stewart, N. 2003 In: Stationen. Berlin : Podewil/Thomas Lehmen p. 3-39. 37 p.
To and fro and in-between: the ontology of the image in Thomas Lehman's Stations.
Stewart, N. 2003 In: Stationen. Berlin : Podewil/Thomas Lehmen p. 19-28. 10 p.
The Actor as Refusenik: Theatre Anthropology, Semiotics, and the Paradoxical Work of the Body.
Stewart, N. 2002 In: Negotiating Cultures: Eugenio Barba and the Intercultural Debate. Manchester: Manchester University Press p. 46-58. 13 p. ISBN: 0719061709.
Understanding understanding: Phenomenological Hermeneutics in Thomas Lehmen's Clever.
Stewart, N.H. 2002 In: Ethnicity and Identity: Global Performance. Rawat Publishers, New Delhi: 65 p. ISBN: 81-7033-916-2.
Stewart, N., Collinson, P., Sims, C. 4/08/2001
Belongings : the art of us and them
Stewart, N.S. 2001
Stewart, N. 2001
Re-languaging the body: phenomenological description and the dance image
Stewart, N. 1998 In: Performance Research. 3, 2, p. 42–53. 12 p.
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