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 Text and Performance Quarterly (US); Choreographic Practices (UK); 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). Alys has recently co-edited Undisciplining Dance (2018) with Associate Professor Carol Brown.
Research | Current
- Interdisciplinary practice
- Performance writing
- Choreographic research
- Practice-led research
- Inclusive arts pedagogy
- Art and ecology
Teaching | Current
In 2018 Alys will be contributing to Dance 720 Choreographic Research; Dance 215; Improvisation and leading Dance 107 Contextual Studies; and Dance 121 Dance Writing; Supervision of BDance St(Hons), Masters and PhD research.
Alys is currently supervising seven 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; the role of gesture in mathematical learning; the role of creativity in urban wellbeing and somatic, sound-based and site-responsive choreographic practices.
Alys is supervising two choreographic Masters Research projects.
2017 CLeaR Teaching Fellow
NICAI Faculty Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
Post Graduate Advisor, Dance Studies
CAI Representative - University of Auckland General Education Board of Studies
Areas of expertise
Alys's areas of expertise include creative writing in practice-led research; inclusive dance education; poetic writing as research; improvisation; interdisciplinary practice; narrative research.
Chair - Tertiary Dance Educators Network New Zealand Aotearoa
Executive Committee Member - Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines conference
Reviewer - Emotion, Space, Society
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
- 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
- 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).
- 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
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Brierley, Carol Brown, Katie Fitzpatrick, Kathy Waghorn