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Dr Rachel Sweeney


SENIOR LECTURER IN DANCE
School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 3311
Arts and Humanities
sweener@hope.ac.uk

Rachel is a dancer, choreographer and writer whose teaching specialisms include dance anthropology, site based dance and European Dance Theatre History. She has received several awards for her dance research from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin Corporation, Butoh UK and the Arts and Humanities Research Council and has travelled and performed extensively throughout Europe and Australia. She holds a practice as research PhD in the area of Japanese Butoh dance and contemporary choreographic practice, and has taught Performing Arts in UK Higher Education since 2004. Rachel graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2006 where she studied Theatre before going on to pursue an MA in Dance at the University of Surrey. She holds a practice based PhD from Middlesex University which focuses on Japanese Butoh dance and its application within contemporary site based dance practice. Internationally, she held a Research Fellowship post through the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (2012) and has been a supported visiting artist at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, Sri Lanka since 2014. Her own site based research has been widely recognised through her dance company Orr and Sweeney (2007-2013) and more recently as part of North Wales based dance and electro acoustic company Anoikis.