Dr Alys Megan Longley


Alys Longley's research foci include practice-led research, performance writing, interdisciplinary projects, art and ecology, ethnography, narrative research, somatic education methods and inclusive dance education. Her key area of expertise is in the relationship between performance writing and practice-led research.  Her key teaching/ supervision areas are in dance writing, research methodologies, practice-led research and applied research practice. Alys has recently published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (U.K), Symbolic Interactionism (U.S), Qualitative Inquiry (US), Emotion, Space, Society (UK), Writings on Dance (Australia), Text and Performance Quarterly (US) and HyperRhiz (US). Alys's books The Foreign Language of Motion (2014) and Radio Strainer (2016) are published by Winchester University Press (UK). 


Research | Current

  • Interdisciplinary practice
  • Performance writing
  • Choreographic research
  • Practice-led research
  • Inclusive arts pedagogy
  • Art and ecology

Teaching | Current

In 2017 Alys will be teaching Dance 730 Choreographic Research;  Dance 107 Contextual Studies; and Dance 121 Dance Writing; Supervision of BDance St(Hons), Masters and PhD research.


Postgraduate supervision

Alys is currently supervising two practice-led PhD projects, and has supervised two to completion. These projects cover research in 'dark materiality in choreographic practice', inclusive teaching practices in choreographic mentoring, economies of applied theatre and somatic, sound-based and site-responsive choreographic practices. 


2017 CLeaR Teaching Fellow 

NICAI Faculty Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, 2012

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair - Tertiary Dance Educators Network New Zealand Aotearoa

Member - Practice Led Working Group, International Federation of Theatre Research

Advisory Board Member - Experiments and Intensities

Reviewer - Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Reviewer- Journal of Artistic Research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Longley, A. (2017). I wanted to find you by inhabiting your tongue: Mistranslating between words and dance in choreographic practice. Choreographic Practices, 8 (1), 27-49. 10.1386/chor.8.1.27_1
  • Longley, A. (2016). "Skeleton boat on an ocean of organs” and other stories: Understanding and evoking posthuman relations through site-based dance, somatic practices, performance writing and artist-books. Text and Performance Quarterly, 36 (4), 229-249. 10.1080/10462937.2016.1240827
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32717
  • Longley, A. L. Y. S., & Duxbury, N. (2016). Introduction: Mapping cultural intangibles. City, culture and society, 7 (1), 1-7. 10.1016/j.ccs.2015.12.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31940
  • Longley, A. M. (2015). Radio strainer: part two of the kinesthetic archive (1st). Winchester, United Kingdom: Winchester University Press.
  • Longley, A., Hutchinson, J., Sunde, C., Matthewman, S. R., & Fisher, K. (2015). Fluid pixels: Communicating water sustainability through digital art. Hyperrhiz: Mapping Culture Multimodally, 12 (Special Issue). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sasha Matthewman, Karen Fisher
  • Longley, A. (2015). Smashing eggs; on the ironic pleasures of mangling in artistic research. In J. Quaresma, A. Longley, F. Rosa Dias, M. Freitas (Eds.) Investigação em Artes: Ironia, crítica e assimilação dos métodos = Recherche en arts: Ironie, critique et assimilation des méthodes = Research in arts: Irony, critique and assimilation of the methods (pp. 30-43). Lisbon: Portugal: Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema : Creative Arts and Industries Dance Studies (University of Auckland).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30448
  • Longley, A. M. (2014). The Foreign Language of Motion. U.K: Winchester University Press.
  • Longley, A. M., Fitzpatrick, K., Sunde, C., Ehlers, C., Martin, R., Brown, C., ... Waghorn, K. (2013). Streams of writing from a fluid city. Qualitative Inquiry, 19 (9), 736-740. 10.1177/1077800413500936
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25540
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Brierley, Carol Brown, Katie Fitzpatrick, Kathy Waghorn

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 508
New Zealand