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Marisa Zanotti

Reader in Choreography and Technologies

Dr Marisa Zanotti is a Reader in Choreography and Technologies and an award winning artist-researcher.  Her directing and writing practice is informed by her background in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practice. Her work as a dancer between 1987 and 1992 included creating work with The Cholmondelys, Laurie Booth, Wendy Houston and Anders Cristiansen. As a choreographer  she has been commissioned by Tramway, CCA, The Arnolfini and  Dance Base. 

Over 25 years she has consistently explored new technologies and the body, initially in relation to their role in live work and since 2000 in moving image practices.  Her first short was BAFTA and BIFA nominated.  She is a specialist in adapting and directing dance for the screen and has adapted work by Lea Anderson and Ben Wright. 

In 2012 she developed the UK's first choreographic Web App for phones and tablets. Marisa’s film work is regularly screened in festivals, her documentary Edits Film adapted from Lea Anderson’s work Edits was shown in July at the Curious? Festival at BALTIC in Newcastle.   Marisa was an artist-in-residence at The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago in October 2016.

She is based in the dance department at University of Chichester.  Her practice-led doctoral research debated the idea of fidelity to choreography as being important in adaptation and argued for screen adaptation as away of revealing unique thinking by choreographers. 

Marisa has a long term collaboration with the editor Ian Ballantyne. Her 2015 transmedia project created with Lea AndersonThe Pans’ People Papers was recognised as best practice by Arts Council England. She is currently exploring VR and mixed reality in a new collaboration with classical composer Matthew Whiteside We Are All Made of Stars, this research project looks at physics and magic and is a Magnetic North commission with funding from Arts Council England.


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