AUTHORS: Kirsty Alexander
Kirsty Alexander studied law and then trained in contemporary dance. She
performed with a diverse range of artists including Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Gaby Agis, Michael Clarke, Station House Opera and Michel Laub.
Her own choreographic work is generally site specific and in collaboration with artists from other disciplines.
She has been involved in educating dancers within the higher education sector for over 15 years, including as Head of Undergraduate Studies at Laban from 2000-2004, and as Assistant Director of London Contemporary Dance School from
In October 2010 she was awarded a University of Stirling PhD studentship, and is currently drawing on kinaesthetic experience to reconsider the dynamics of pedagogical experience. Her research draws on Derrida and Deleuze / Deleuze and Guattari to explore the particular understandings of intersubjectivity and responsibility afforded by kinaesthetic experience; and to approach the role of education, and therefore the dynamics of pedagogical interaction, from the perspective of these affordances. She is particularly interested in the role of hesitation, or non-doing, in pedagogical experience; in the responsibility of the actors involved for holding this space of hesitation open; and in whether the play between attention and intention that this brings can offer not only an experience of transformation, but also an experience of justice.
As a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique her approach to the philosophy of education has been significantly influenced by somatic practice and she is associate editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She
undertook the MA Values in Education at the Institute of Education, London.