This film brings two artist-researchers together, Dr Natalie Garrett-Brown and Dr Emma Meehan. The film touches on their collaborative project Sensing the City and they each also discuss dancing in Coventry and their own personal experiences of moving within city.
Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, BA, MA, PhD is Head of School for Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University. She is associate editor for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the editorial board for, Research in Dance Education and is vice chair for DanceHE (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education). Natalie undertook her Somatic Movement Educators Training in Body-Mind Centering with Embody Move Association, UK and is co-convener of the International Conference for Dance and Somatic Practices, held biannually at Coventry University. She is also a founding member of enter and inhabit, a collaborative site responsive project and the Corporeal Knowing Network; an exchange between theatre and dance artists and scholars interested in embodied writing practices and processes. Her current research and artistic project flockOmania, explores collaborative practice across dance, sound, film and the visual arts.
Dr Emma Meehan is a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research. She received her BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin, where she taught part-time on the BA and MA programmes. She also worked as the administrator for the Arts Technology Research Lab at Trinity College to support the Digital Arts and Humanities Doctoral Programme. Her doctoral research focused on the work of Irish choreographer Joan Davis, who combines dance and somatic practices in creating interactive, site-specific performances. Emma is associate editor for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and was co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research from 2013-2017.