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Virginia Farman

Senior Lecturer in Choreography and Dance Research

Virginia Farman


Virginia Farman is a freelance choreographer with an established practice in choreographing and creating large scale outdoor performance work and site specific projects that incorporate professional practice with community participation in relation to location.

Her research is part of the Universities research portfolio, and pioneers good practice for choreographic work in non- theatre settings.

Originally part of DIVAS dance company, under the direction of Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, Farman has also made dance work for film (winning the Place prize for a new dance film 1999) and theatre.

Her choreographic work incorporates contemporary dance techniques with a strong visual aesthetic, humour and irony, blending dance vocabulary with an expressive performance style.

Between 2000 -2002 she spent extensive time in Japan studying and collaborating with contemporary Butoh practitioners; in particular Atsushi Takenouchi, and musician Hiroko Komyia.

Recent works include; Everyday Hero and The Mass Touring show made with Bicycle Ballet, and Dances on Street Corners ; a solo work that forms part of her PhD research.

On the undergraduate programme Virginia leads choreography modules, and is 2nd year tutor.

Her doctoral research is practice based and is investigating choreographic compositional practices for non-theatre settings.

Research Output


Farman, V. (2016) Dance on Street Corners. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Farman, V. (2013) Everyday Hero. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Farman, V. (2012) Tandem Ballet; re-envisioning of Bicycle Ballet for blind and visually impaired performers. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Farman, V. (2010) Smorgasboard. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Farman, V. (2009) Shoe Nail Dance. [Shows/Exhibitions]

Farman, V. (2006) Bicycle Ballet. [Shows/Exhibitions] (Unpublished)

Farman, V. (2002) Blush. [Shows/Exhibitions]


Farman, V. (2016) Dances On Street Corners. [Performances]


Farman, V. (2006) Bicycle Ballet. [Videos] (Unpublished)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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