Associate Professor Nicholas Gordon Rowe



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., McMicken, D., & Newth, T. (2019). Dancing in the setting sun: Performance, self-actualization and the elderly. In K. Bond (Ed.) Dance and the quality of life (pp. 527-544). New York: Springer.
  • Anttila, E., Siljamäki M, & Rowe, N. (2018). Teachers as frontline agents of integration: Finnish physical education students’ reflections on intercultural encounters. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 1-14. 10.1080/17408989.2018.1485141
  • Rowe, N., Martin, R., Buck, R., & Antilla, E. (2018). Researching dance education post-2016: The global implications of Brexit and Trump on dance education. Research in Dance Education, 19 (1), 91-109. 10.1080/14647893.2017.1354839
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ralph Buck, Rose Martin
  • Rowe, N., Baker, N., & Khatab, A. (2017). The shape of water…Palestine, Badke and Let’s Make Noise for Gaza: Three journeys of intercultural choreographic practice in Palestine. In S. Erenrich, J. Wergin (Eds.) Grassroots leadership & the arts for social change (pp. 281-297). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  • 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
  • Rowe, N. G. (2016). Access Denied and Sumud: Making a Dance of Asymmetric Warfare. Choreographies of 21st Century War. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 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., 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rose Martin, Sarah Knox

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 517
New Zealand