CV/Resumé

BRANDON SHAW

EDUCATION

2012                Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dissertation title: ‘Sitting There: Embodied Perception, Kinesthetic Empathy, and Reading Pain in Dance Spectatorship’

2003                M.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, Summer 2003. 

Thesis: ‘Function and Epigenesis in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason’ 

1999                B.A., Comparative Literature and Philosophy, University of Georgia

POSITIONS HELD

Lecturer in Dance Studies, University of Malta (Msida, Malta; 2014-2018)

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island; 2012-2014)

ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES

Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes in Dance Studies

Co-Director of the Centre for Performing Arts Histories and Historiographies

Member of School of Performing Arts Board

Member of School of Performing Arts Ethics Committee

Member of School of Performing Arts Doctoral Committee

Member of School of Performing Arts Committee on Teaching and Learning

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dance and literature (esp. choreographic adaptations of Shakespeare); early modern European body culture; phenomenology; historiography; Black American dance and mid-to-late 20thCentury music; Foucault; Race Studies.

LANGUAGES

German (proficient), French (reading)

PUBLICATIONS 

Books

Co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)

Chapters

‘Shakespeare’s Dancing Bodies: The Case of Romeo’, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds.Lynsey McCulloch and Brandon Shaw (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)

‘Introduction’ (with Lynsey McCulloch),The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, eds.), L. McCulloch, and B. Shaw(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)

‘Friction, Antagonism, and Interdisciplinary Partnering: Prokofiev’s and Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet(1940)’, in Performance & Interdisciplinarity: Contemporary Approaches, eds. Stefan Aquilina and Malaika Sarco-Thomas(Msida: University of Malta, 2018), pp. 173-191

Articles

‘Effacing and Declassification in the Archive of Shakespeare’s and MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliets’, Dance Research Journal49 (2) (Aug 2017): 62-78

‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody’,Theatre Journal67 (1) (March 2015): 21-42

Reviews

Review of Barry Allen’s Striking Beauty(Columbia Press, 2015) for Dance Research Journal.

Review of Choreographing Empathy(Susan Leigh Foster) in TDR/The Drama Review57 (No. 4) (Winter 2013): 177-180

Review of Die griechische Komödie(Bernard Zimmermann) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (online)

CURRENT PROJECTS 

Preparing book manuscript: ‘We must have you dance’: Choreographic Renderings of Romeo and Juliet.

RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS

2016    Recipient of Society of Dance History Scholars’ 2016 Gertrude Lippincott Awardfor ‘Phantom Limbs and the Weight of Grief in Sasha Waltz’s noBody’ (Theatre Journal67 (1) (2015)) 

2015    Keynote speaker, Dance and Literature Symposium, Coventry University London Campus (Sept 10)

2013    Scholar in Residence, Jacob’s Pillow (Beckett, MA) (August 20-24)

2012    InauguralMellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies. Brown University (two-year appointment)

2010    Recipient DAAD Dissertation Research Grant, Berlin

-2011

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS 

2018    ‘Dance (v) Science: Concerns for Scientific Studies of Social Dancing’. Performance and Culture: Cities, Embodiments, and Technology. University of Malta: Valletta, Malta (8-11 Mar)

2017    ‘Sterile Dancing: Partnering Dance and Science’. CORD-SDHS Dance Studies Conference: ‘Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance’. Ohio State University: Columbus, Ohio (19-22 Oct)

‘Sutra, Sutures, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Choreographic Interweaving’. School of Performing Arts Conference: ‘Interweaving Cultures’. University of Malta: Valletta, Malta (8-11 Mar)

2016    ‘Battling with Shakespeare in Rennie Harris/Puremovement’s Rome and Jewels(2000)’ CORD-SDHS Dance Studies Conference: ‘Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation’. Pomona College: Claremont, California (3-6 Nov)

‘Shakespeare’s Dancing Bodies’. Shakespeare and Dance Roundtable, World Shakespeare Congress. Kings College: London, UK (31 July – 6 Aug)

‘Invisibility, Impalpability, and Sensorial Culpability: Phenomenology and Aesthetic Education’. Department of Dance Studies Symposium: ‘Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation’. University of Malta: Msida, Malta (30 June)

2015    ‘Effacing Juliet’s Rebellious Choreography in the “Bad” Quarto and Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet(1965)’. Dance and Literature Symposium. Coventry University: London, UK (10 Sept)

‘Friction, Antagonism, and Interdisciplinary Partnering: Prokofiev’s and Lavrovsky’s Romeo and Juliet(1940)’. School of Performing Arts Conference: ‘Performance and Interdisciplinarity’. University of Malta: Valletta, Malta (20 Mar)

2014    ‘Interanimacies: Encountering Life Through the Inanimate in Sasha Waltz’s noBody.’ The School of Performing Arts Research Seminar. University of Malta: Msida, Malta (6 Nov)

2013    ‘Feet for Dancing: Shakespeare and the Dancing Body in Romeo and Juliet’. Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, California (4-7 Apr)

SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Malta 

2014-18

DCS1001/3 – Dance Techniques Lab 1 & 3 (Contemporary and Limon techniques)

DCS1005-6 – Dance in History and Society 1 & 2 

DCS 1007 – Dance Devising (group-devised choreographies; emphasis on partnering)

DCS1013 – The Healthier Performer (anatomy, healthy practice, and dance science)

DCS2005-6 – Dance and Performance Theory 1 & 2 (second year theory unit)

DCS2007 – Technology in Interdisciplinary Performance

DCS2011 – Movement Analysis

DCS3005 – Choreological Perspectives (third year theory module)

DCS3007 – Dissertation

DCS5002– Theoretical Frameworks for Dance (first year graduate theory module)

DCS5007 – Research Project Seminars(graduate writing and research skills)

DCS5009– Independent Dance Praxis (graduate Practice as Research)

DCS5010– Research Seminar (Masters dissertation)

DCS5011– Dance, Health, and Wellbeing (Dance Science and applications)

BST5018– The Baroque Theatre (lectures on early modern dance and stages)

Brown University

2014    Spectatorship: Moving Bodies, Perceiving Bodies” (TAPS 1281R). Attention to black, white, and queer audiences in contemporary dance. Focus upon 1) adaptations of “The Dying Swan” in Hip Hop and Swan Lake(e.g., Bourne), 2) choreographies of protest, and 3) issues in contemporary spectatorship studies. Midterm assignment involved ethnographic study of dance in local club or pedestrian dances. Final project: digital curation of dance concert.

2013    “Introduction to Dance Studies”; Theme: “Sex, Death, and Endurance” (TAPS 1281Q). Survey addressing choreography, performance, sociological effects, critical appraisals, dance history, and dance theory. Consideration of social dances (including Renaissance and contemporary club dance) and concert dance with attention to dance’s use and/or subversion of gender-specific and ethnic hierarchies. Attention to Disability Studies and mixed-ability dance groups as well as representations of grief in concert dance.

“Africana Dance in the US” (TAPS 1281R). Seeking an embodied, historico-cultural perspective on Africana dance in the U.S. through reading dance scholarship and also engaging in dance practice. Consideration of vernacular dances hip-hop and break dancing and concert works by choreographers including Katherine Dunham, Bill T. Jones, Urban Bush Women, and Alvin Ailey. 

2012    “Introduction to Dance Studies”; Theme: “Sex, Death, and Endurance” (TAPS 1281Q)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

2011    “The Aesthetics of Peace Making” (online) (University of Massachusetts Amherst CMLT 141). 

2010     “Comedy” (CMLT 231)

2009    “Literature and the Body” (section focus within the course “Good and Evil: East and West” (CMLT 141))

 “Tragedy, Comedy, and In-Between” (online) (section focus within the course “Good and Evil: East and West” (CMLT 141))

 “Comedy” (CMLT 231) (Spring)

2008    “Literature and Dance” (CMLT 141, Honors section)

Teaching Associate, “Tragedy, Comedy, and In-Between” (online) 

2007    Teaching Associate, “Tragedy, Comedy, and In-Between” (online course) 

Teaching Associate, “International Short Story” (CMLT 121)

Teaching Associate, “Poets and Poetry of New England” (online)

Guest Lectures and Teaching

2014    Co-organizer (with Richard Fishman) of Creativity Workshop for Executive MBA Program (Brown University)

2013    ‘Kinesthetic Empathy in Dance’ for Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Prof. Kiri Miller (Brown University)

2011    ‘Why Dance?’ Seminar. Lecture regarding contemporary theories of gesture and use in dance, “kinetic empathy,” and discussion of Berlin-based choreographer NIr de Volff’s Picnics, Weddings, and Funerals. (European College for the Liberal Arts, Berlin)

POSTGRADUATE TUTORING AND EVALUATION

Supervision of MA and Masters Dissertations

4 Students

MA Dissertation Committees

10 students

ACADEMIC SERVICE

2017-18  Chair of Dance Studies Association (DSA) international conference, Valletta, Malta (5-8 July 2018)

Member of Dance Studies Association Standing Committee on Conferences

2016       Co-organizer of ‘Thinking Touch in Partnering and Contact Improvisation,’ University of Malta (June 30)

2014       Organizing committee member, “Dance in/and Theory” conference at Brown University (Apr. 11)

 Co-Chair, roundtable on “Shakespeare and Dance.” Shakespeare Society of America (Apr. 9-12)

2013       Organizer, “Dance in the Renaissance.” Renaissance Society of America. (Apr. 4-7). 

Organizer and Leader, “Literature and Dance.” Northeastern MLA. Boston, MA (Mar. 21-24)

Pre-show talk and moderator for talk-back, David Wambach’s Sacre(Holyoke, MA), (Jan. 18)

2008       Organizer and Chair, ‘Shakespeare and Dance’, UMass Center for Renaissance Studies (Sept. 27)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

2017       Continuing Professional Development for pedagogy in higher education (comparable to UK’s Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education)

 First Aid Training

Emergency Mental First Aid Training

2014       Certification in Pilates Mat (private certification specializing in working with dancers)  

2013       Trained mediator through Brown University Mediation Providers

Certified Teacher by the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2012-13  Volunteer with 9 Yards program (for male inmate education and re-entry).

Participant in Tenderloin Opera Company (writing and performance group for the homeless of Providence, RI; directed by Erik Ehn).

2012       Conducted movement-based workshops at Brown University exploring integrity and structure.

2008       Volunteer with Spectrum in Motion (youth dance company in Hartford, Connecticut).

2004-07 Founder and Teacher, UMass Argentine Tango Society.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Dance Studies Association

Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (Association for Dance Research)

International Comparative Literature Association

American Comparative Literature Association

PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED SOFTWARE

Isadora (intermediate)

Logic X (advanced)

Garage Band (advanced)

Ableton Live (intermediate)

iMovie (intermediate)

II. DANCE PRACTICE

SELECTED CHOREOGRAPY AND PERFORMANCES

2018    Vignettes for Orfeo and Majnun(dir: Martina Winkel and Airan Berg) (27 Oct)

2017    Choreographer of vignettes for Inwardly Silent(dir: Nicole Cuschieri). St Paul’s Catacombs. Rabat, Malta (27-29 Jan)

2016    Choreographer and performer: Sticks and Stones. Notte Bianca Festival. Valletta, Malta (1 Oct)

2015    Choreographer: “Flailing Memory.” Science in the City Festival. Valletta, Malta (25 September)

Choreographer: “Between the Two…works in progress.” Casa Pereira, Valletta, Malta (29 July 2015)

2013    Choreographer and performer: “Again, If You Have More Strength.” Brown University Family Weekend Dance Concert. Providence, Rhode Island (Oct 18-20)

Choreographer: “The best advice my grandma ever gave me…” Brown University Spring Faculty Dance Concert (May 2-5) and Commencement Dance Concert. Providence, Rhode Island (May 25)

Choreographer and performer: through…an Oresteia. AS220 Arts Center. Providence, RI (May 15)

2012    Choreographer: “Morphine Tango” in Kiss of the Spider Woman (dir. Marcus Gardley). Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Oct 30-Nov 8)

2011    Produced and curated evening-length concert, tip of the tongue. Choreographies: ‘tip of the tongue’ (30 min.; 7 dancers); ‘Through the Precipice’ (solo); ‘Cuticle’ (duet) K77 Studios. Berlin (Dec. 10-11)

Performer: “Sonic Body Boom” (chor. Henrik Kaalund). Mica Moca. Berlin (Sept. 11)

Choreographer and performer: WakeInto the Deep: Liz Erber and Guests, K77 Studios. Berlin (May 22-3)

Choreographer and performer: “Knowing you like I do, I could…” 10×6 Festival, ADA Studios. Berlin, Germany (May 7-8). 

2010    Choreographer and Performer: “Skin” (with Ariel Cohen). Ponderosa Dance Festival. Stolzenhagen, Germany (July 29)

Choreographer: “Mourning Wake.” Caught in the Act: Performance and Performativity Conference, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts (April 17)

Performer: Picture Window. MFA Concert, Smith College. Northampton, Massachusetts (2-4 Feb)

2009    Performer: “Prophets of Funk” (Chor. David Dorfman). Smith College and Mount Holyoke College. Northampton, Massachusetts (12-14 and 19-21 Nov)

2006-   Member of Blaze Dance (dir. Krisen Day). Performed in Philly Fringe 

2007    Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, and throughout Massachusetts.

SELECTED DANCE TEACHING (PREVIOUS TO APPOINTMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF MALTA)

2012-   Beginning and Intermediate Modern Dance classes (guest instructor), Brown 2014            University.

2012    Two-month workshop of investigation of myofascial understandings of human structure and dance practice. Brown University. 

2011    Conducted three-day workshop, “Dynamic Partnering: Bones and Skin.” K77 Studio, Berlin (Dec. 7-9).

Argentine Tango and Beginning Modern Dance, European College for the Liberal Arts (Berlin, Germany).

Beginning Modern Dance, Dock 11 Studios, (Berlin, Germany).

2008-2010   Teacher and organizer for Tango Helix (Studio Helix, Northampton, MA)

2006-2008   Teacher and organizer, UMass Argentine Tango Club