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Dr Ann Nugent

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Ann Nugent


Senior Lecturer in Dance, is a dance critic; writer and researcher of international standing.

Her research focuses on the choreography of William Forsythe and postmodern theory, and she has published some 50 articles and papers on this work.

She has also completed a single-author manuscript for publication. Her other area of specialisation involves writing about dance, and the theory of learning through understanding of knowledge in the body – and she is working on a book provisionally entitled Writing Dance.

Ann is a former dancer (with English National Ballet and Gothenburg Ballet).

She was editor of the ISTD’s Dance; founding editor of Dance Now and, subsequently, editor of Dance Theatre Journal.

She is currently British dance critic of Shinshokan Dance Magazine, Japan.

She has completed a research project entitled Expressionism in the Work of Kenneth Macmillan and William Forsythe for which she received an Arts and Humanities Research Board award.

Ann leads the MA in Performance: Dance Independent Research and coordinates the Dissertation module at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She also teaches: Dance Journalism; Dance Criticism; Writing for Performance; Reflective Practice and Research Methodologies.

Research Output


Nugent, A. (2015) Spirit of the New: William Forsythe and the Disruption of Ballet's Structural Organization. Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Network of Pointes, XXXV. pp. 5-9.

Nugent, A. (2010) The dancing texts of William Forsythe. The Sense of Dance: Dance Research and Transmedia Practices, 141.

Nugent, A. (2009) Extending critical voices between the lecture room and the dance studio. Dance Research Journal, 41 (02). pp. 95-98. ISSN 0149-7677 10.1017/S0149767700000693

Book Sections

Nugent, A. (2021) WILLIAM FORSYTHE, Ballet; Stuttgart Frankfurt, and the Forsythescape. In: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 12-28. ISBN 9780190871499 doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190871499.013.23

Conference or Workshop Items

Nugent, A. (2010) William Forsythe and the model viewer. In: Society of Dance History Scholars, 9-11 July 2010, University of Surrey. (Unpublished)

Other department members

Abi Mortimer
Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Dance
Alison Woodward
Alison Woodward
Deputy Director, University of Chichester Conservatoire
Programme Coordinator - BA Hons Acting for Film and BA Hons Music
Amy Scarlett Morvell
Associate Lecturer in Dance

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