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Dr Andrea Davidson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrea Davidson is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and practicing video and multimedia artist.

Following a career as soloist and principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Manhattan, Desrosiers Dance Theatre and Entre-Six, she went on to author, produce and interpret her own choreography in Canada before completing postgraduate studies at the Université Paris 8 that led to an MA in screendance, a DEA in interactive art and a PhD in the Aesthetics, Philosophy and Technologies of the Arts.

From 1999 to 2008, she taught courses in screendance and dance and new media at the Université Paris 8 and Université Nancy 1, France, before joining the University of Chichester in 2007.

Dr. Davidson's creative work in dance, video and multimedia with works such as La morsure, a pioneer digital interactive choreography, has been presented in international art centres, festivals, conferences and exhibitions around the world as well as receiving awards including the Prix de l'Écriture Multimédia de la Fondation Beaumarchais (1997); the special Jury Prize from the Festival Napolidanza 'Il Coreografo Elettronico' (2000); and the UNESCO Grand Prix International Vidéodanse section New Media (2002).

A leading theorist in the field of dance and new media, Dr. Davidson has contributed numerous articles and papers for books, journals and conferences and is regularly invited to give seminars and workshops internationally.

In 2012, she organised the first international conference on somatics and technology at the University of Chichester, also co-editing, with Prof. Sarah Rubidge, a special edition of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices on the subject.

Her current research explores links between early postmodern choreographic practices and contemporary digital dance and she is currently writing a second book entitled Digital Perspectives in Dance: Portraits of Choreographers.

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