Associate Professor Nicholas Gordon Rowe

PhD

Biography

Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and holds a PhD from the London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent at Canterbury.  He has choreographed and performed with The Finnish National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nomad Dance Theatre, Modern Dance Turkey and Ramallah Dance Theatre. From 2000-2008 he resided in the Occupied Palestinian Territories working in refugee camps on dance projects with local artists. Nicholas’ film work includes the feature-length children’s film The Secret World, which has been screened at festivals around the world. He has published extensively on education and dance in diverse cultural contexts, and his books include Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the South China Sea (2015) Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the Southern Mediterranean (2014), Moving Oceans: Celebrating Dance in the South Pacific (2013), Raising dust: a cultural history of dance in Palestine (2010), and the performing arts workshop manual Art, during siege (2004). He was awarded a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award in 2011 and a University of Auckland Research Excellence Award in 2012.

Research | Current

  • Dance pedagogy
  • Hegemony and postcolonial discourse
  • Dance writing and research
  • Dance in traumatised communities
  • Choreography and digital technology

Nicholas is currently working with community dance organizations in Italy, Palestine, Laos, Australia and Fiji, on the film project 5cities5senses, due for release in late 2015. This dance film creatively explores the physical relationships between people and place in five very different urban environments.

Nicholas is also continuing the Talking Dance book series with Associate Professor Ralph Buck, with the next book focused on the South Pacific. This ethnographic project gathers the personal narratives of dancers in diverse and under-researched regions of the world. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Rowe, N. G. (2016). Access Denied and Sumud: Making a Dance of Asymmetric Warfare. Choreographies of 21st Century War. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rowe, N. (2016). Threshold concept theory and nonformal education: Community-based arts learning in Palestine. Educational Research for Social Change, 5 (1), 94-106. 10.17159/2221-4070/2016/v5i1a6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29604
  • Zeitner, D., Rowe, N. G., & Jackson, B. (2016). Embodied and embodiary leadership: Experiential learning in dance and leadership education. Organizational Aesthetics, 5 (1), 167-187. Related URL.
  • Rowe, N., Martin, R. K., Knox, S., & Mabingo, A. (2016). Refugees, migrants, visitors and internally displaced persons: investigating acculturation in Academia. Higher Education Research and Development, 35 (1), 58-70. 10.1080/07294360.2015.1121210
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30585
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin, Sarah Knox
  • Rowe, N. G., Buck, R. M., & Shapiro-Phim, T. (2016). Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the South China Sea. London: IB Tauris. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30053
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ralph Buck
  • Rowe, N., & Martin, R. (2015). Dancing onto the page: Crossing an academic borderland. Waikato Journal of Education, 19 (2).10.15663/wje.v19i2.96
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26443
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin
  • Rowe, N. (2015). Dancing Beyond the Post-Trauma Paradigm: Community Projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In C. S. Nielsen, S. Burridge (Eds.) Dance Education Around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change (pp. 55-63). New York, NY: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26285
  • Buck, R., & Rowe, N. (2015). Threshold concepts, academic identity and arts curricula design: Dr.Who and Indiana Jones traverse learning landscapes for dance. In M. Fleming, L. Bresler, O'Toole J (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education (pp. 170-184). New York, NY: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26227
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ralph Buck

Contact details

Primary location

ARCHITECTURE - WEST - Bldg 421W
Level 5, Room 517
26 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand