Troubling the distinction between when a dance begins and ends, Carol’s research expands the dance field through transdisciplinary and multi modal methods that result in live performances, screen dance works, curated events, performance lectures and published writings. Dancing on rooftops, at building sites and weather stations, as well as on stages and screens, Carol Brown Dances catalyzes connection and consideration of relations between people, places and presence. Through a visceral poetics arising from the fugitive knowledges of bodies, Carol Brown Dances strives to open alternative perspectives and enact sensory becomings that are politically aware engaging audiences in imaginative journeys. Formerly a student of the doyenne of Modern Expressive Dance Theatre in Aotearoa NZ, the late Shona Dunlop-MacTavish MBE, Carol danced with Dunedin Dance Theatre in Aotearoa NZ. After completing a History Honours degree at Otago University she left New Zealand for Europe and North America where she continued her studies in contemporary dance and choreography.
As an artist-scholar Carol’s work straddles academic and professional contexts. She has previously been a lecturer in Dance and Choreography at the University of Surrey; visiting lecture in Dance and Politics at the University of Brighton; Reader in Choreography at Roehampton University; Associate Professor in Dance and director of Choreographic Research Aotearoa at The University of Auckland. Currently Carol is Professor of Choreography and Head of Dance at Victoria College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.