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Professor Jane Bacon

Emeritus Professor


Jane Bacon was Professor in Dance and Somatics until her retirement in 2017, and now remains associated with the University as Professor Emerita.

She has been at the forefront of the development of practice as research in the UK (PARIP) and Artistic Doctorates in Europe (Erasmus, 2017-2019).  She continues to publish and make performance as well as being a Jungian Analyst, Focusing Trainer and Authentic Movement Teacher.

Recent performances and publications include

Creative Articulations Process (www.choreographiclab.org) 2014-21

Creative Articulations Process: A Rhizomatic Practice (a video exposition), https://www.choreographiclab.co.uk/cap-a-rhizomtic-practice-a-video-exposition/ 2021

BreathBone2 an online duet performance practice to enable participants to encounter states of inner awareness. Made with the support of Arts Council England, Dance4 UK, Middlesex University (2021)

BreathBone a performance duet which creates spaces of encounter to heighten inner awareness. Made with the support of Arts Council England, Dance4 UK, Middlesex University and Weld (Sweden). 2019-2020.

‘Creative Articulations Process: ‘Ground Form’ audio score as a way to frame and support embodied research(ers)’, (with Vida Midgelow). in Doing Arts Research in a Pandemic: A Crowd Sourced Document Responding to the COVID19 Pandemic, The Culture Capital Exchange, compiled by Vida Midgelow.  pp.13-16. https://tcce.co.uk/publications-and-resources/tcce-publications/

Reconsidering Research and Supervision as Creative Embodied Practice: Reflections from the Field  by Jane Bacon and Vida Midgelow, Artistic Doctorates in Europe, 2019


‘Processual Attention in Somatic Practice as Research / Artistic Research’, in Resources for the embodied researcher: Artistic Doctorates in Movement and Choreographic PracticesConceived by Artistic Doctorates in Europe – www.artisticdoctorates.com (eds Bacon, J., Midgelow, V., Hilton, R., Kramer, P.). Helsinki, Fi: Nival. 2019

Researching (in/as) Motion: A Resource Collection, Artistic Doctorates in Europe, Theatre Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki: Nivel 10. Open access https://nivel.teak.fi/adie/ (eds Jane Bacon, Rebecca Hilton, Paula Kramer Vida L Midgelow (eds.) (2019).

‘Informed by the goddess: Explicating a processual methodology’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 4:1, pp. 41–55, Bristol: Intellect.  2017. doi: 10.1386/dmas.4.1.41_1 (also as a book chapter in edited collection Herstory (A. Williamson), Intellect

Experiences and Perceptions of the Artistic Doctorate – Survey Report, www.ArtisticDoctorates.com/resources, 2016

‘Authentic Movement: a field of practices’ Introduction to guest edited special issue of journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, vol 7.2, 2015, pp.205-216.

‘Introduction: Choreographic Practices’ (with Vida Midgelow), vol 5.2, Choreographic Practices, Intellect, 2014, pp.3-4.

‘Authentic Movement as wellbeing practice’, in Dance and Movement for Wellbeing. (eds. Karkou,V., Oliver, S.and Lycouris,S.), Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2017, pp.149-164.

Research Output


Bacon, J. (2018) Informed by the Goddess: Explicating a processual methodology. Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 4 (1). pp. 41-55. ISSN 2051-7068 10.1386/dmas.4.1.41_1

Bacon, J. (2015) Authentic Movement A Field of Practices. Journal for Dance and Somatic Practices, 7 (2).

Bacon, J. and Midgelow, V. (2014) Closer to the body: Reflections on skript and extracts from collected writings. Choreographic Practices, 5 (1). pp. 73-94. ISSN 2040-5669 10.1386/chor.5.1.73_1

Midgelow, V. and Bacon, J. (2014) Creative Articulations Process (CAP). Choreographic Practices, 5 (1). pp. 7-31. ISSN 2040-5669 10.1386/chor.5.1.7_1

Bacon, J. (2012) Dance, movement and spiritualities. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 4 (1). ISSN 1757-188X

Bacon, J. (2012) Her body finds a voice: authentic movement in an imaginal world. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 7 (2). pp. 115-127. ISSN 1743-2979 10.1080/17432979.2011.631584

Bacon, J. and Midgelow, V. (2011) Articulating choreographic practices, locating the field: an introduction. Choreographic Practices, 1 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 2040-5677

Bacon, J. (2010) Sitting/walking/practice: reflections on a woman’s creative process. Gender Forum: Gender and Performance, 31. pp. 1-5. http://www.genderforum.org/issues/gender-and-performance/sitting-walking-practice/

Bacon, J. (2010) The voice of her body: somatic practices as a basis for creative research methodology. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 1757-1871

Bacon, J. (2007) Psyche moving: ‘active imagination’ and ‘focusing’ in movement-based performance and psychotherapy. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 2 (1). pp. 17-28. ISSN 1743-2987 10.1080/17432970601025360

Book Sections

Bacon, J. (2019) Informed by the Goddess: explicating a processual methodology. In: Spiritual Herstories: Call of the soul in Dance Research. Intellect Press, Bristol UK. ISBN 9781789380828

Bacon, J. (2017) Authentic Movement as a Practice for Wellbeing. In: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 148-164. ISBN 9780199949298 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199949298.013.8

Bacon, J. (2013) Embodied and direct experience in performance studies. In: Performance and Ethnography: Dance, Drama, Music. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 113-130. ISBN 9781443847612

Bacon, J., Adams, J. and Thynne, L. (2009) Peer review and criteria: a discussion. In: Practice-as-Research: In Performance and Screen. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 98-111. ISBN 9780230220010

Bacon, J. (2009) Myths and stories by her. In: Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230220010

Bacon, J. (2006) Myths of woman: Arabic dancing in a non-Arabic world. In: Der Postfeministische Diskurs. Film, Medium, Diskurs, 17 . Königshausen & Neumann, Würzberg, pp. 63-78. ISBN 3826032306

Bacon, J. (2006) The feeling of the experience: a methodology for performance ethnography. In: Research Methodologies for Drama Education. Trentham Books, Stoke-on-Trent, pp. 135-158. ISBN 9781858563237

Conference or Workshop Items

Parker, D., Bacon, J. and Evans, M. (2011) Enchantment: contemporary arts and depth experience. In: Enchantment & Disenchantment: The Psyche in Transformation: Regional Conference of the International Association for Jungian Studies, 15-16 July 2011, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. (Unpublished)

Bacon, J. (2011) Transcendence and illumination: somatic practice-led research as transformative. In: Dance and Somatic Practices Conference, 08-10 July 2011, Coventry School of Art and Design - Performing Arts, Coventry University. (Unpublished)

Bacon, J. (2010) Psyche and artistic creativity. In: International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS) and Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies (JSSS) International Conference: On the Edge: Psyche in Ethics, the Arts and Nature: A Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology, 10-14 August 2010, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (Unpublished)

Bacon, J. (2009) Sitting practice: expansion earth. In: Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Annual Conference, 2009, 07-09 September 2009, University of Plymouth. (Unpublished)

Bacon, J. and Wainwright, R. (2007) Authentic movement. In: Inspiring Transformations: The Arts and Health Conference, 3-7 September 2007, University of Northampton. (Unpublished)

Bacon, J. and Midgelow, V. (2007) Revealing and concealing the in/visible-un/thinkable in articulating dance. In: Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance Conference (SDHS/CORD), 20 June 2007, Paris, France. (Unpublished)


Bacon, J. (2011) Psyche’s Witness and Sensualities. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Bacon, J. (2010) Psyche’s Witness. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Bacon, J. (2010) Sitting Practice. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Bacon, J. (2009) Landscape and Art. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Bacon, J. (2009) The Choreographic Lab. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Bacon, J. (2004) Myths and Stories by Her. [Shows/Exhibitions]

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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