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Natalie Rowland

Programme Leader for Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

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Natalie is a practitioner-researcher working with the Dance Department at the University of Chichester, specialising in aerial dance and scenography.

As an artist and researcher with an interdisciplinary practice, she finds the crossovers and relationships between dance, aerial, technologies and scenographic practice a fertile ground for exploring the potential of these arts.

Natalie is a professional design member of the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and continues her professional practice lighting dance, theatre and live music. Natalie’s work frequently involves non-traditional performance locations, digital media and interactivity.

Currently undertaking a PhD exploring the potential of a choreographic approach to lighting design, Natalie’s research considers the practitioner’s relationship with technology and its impact on the experience and process of lighting.

Research Output


Rowland, N. (2014) Lighting the lit; Luminosity as protagonist in mediated performance. Final Paper /Proceedings of the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts conference. pp. 49-53.

Rowland, N. (2014) Looking up while looking down: mobile technologies as an essential interface to the geography of our city. The Mediated City Conference, Ravensbourne College, presented by the Architechture Media Politics.

Book Sections

Rowland, N. (2016) Read or follow? Designing with mobile technologies and digital space. In: Imagining the City; Art, Creative Practices and Media Speculations. Intellect Books, Bristol. ISBN 9781783205578

Conference or Workshop Items

Rowland, N. (2019) Seeing Anew: the role of lighting in creation of place in site-generic/specific performance. In: TaPRA Conference 2019, 4-6 September 2019, University of Exeter. (Unpublished)

Rowland, N. (2015) Lost in Translation? compromises and assumptions in lighting programming syntaxes. In: TaPRA PGR Symposium on People and Processes Backstage, 7th February 2015, University of Manchester. (Unpublished)

Rowland, N. (2015) Lighting the lit: luminosity as protagonist in mediated performance. In: DRHA 2014, 31st Aug - 3rd Sept 2014, University of Greenwich, London.

Rowland, N., Duffield, A. and Richter, S. (2014) Emerging Never Arriving - emergence as motif. In: Motif 2014, 15 November 2014, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London. (Submitted)

Rowland, N. (2014) The language of light in twenty-first century performance. In: University Research Conference, 17 July 2014, University of Chichester. (Unpublished)

Rowland, N. (2014) Looking up while looking down - workshop. In: Mediated City conference, 1-3 April 2014, Ravensbourne College. (Unpublished)

Rowland, N. (2014) Looking up while looking down: Mobile technologies as an essential interface to the geography of our city. In: The Mediated City, 1-3rd April 2014, Ravensbourne, London.

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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