Jane Turner

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Jane Turner  

Jane Turner is a senior lecturer for the Theatre and Performance Practice BA (Hons) with The Cass.

Jane is a choreographer, dance practitioner and director of Turning Worlds with extensive experience working within dance, theatre, film, interdisciplinary and sci-art arenas. 

She has degrees in the performance arts from Middlesex University and a PhD from Chichester University in Emergent Choreography, and is active in cross-institutional research and conference presentations. Download Jane's current CV and published chapter elaborating her research here.

Jane began her performance career with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona, before touring with young people’s performance company Hallmark and co-leading community dance organisation and journal DICE, going on to build experimental multi-arts organisation LUST with composer Daniel Biro to three Festivals of work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and European touring. She was most recently choreographer for Assisted Suicide: The Musical, and is currently working on a prison based project with Kent Opera. Jane is also currently working with Duckie on a dance performance project for the Posh Club, and co-curates performance and workshop events at the Conway Hall as a member of the Conway Collective. 

Previously course leader of the Performance Innovations PG Cert, Jane currently leads the Devising, Choreographing Performance and Marketing the Arts modules.

Jane is external examiner for MA Community Dance Leadership, University of Bedfordshire and BA Dance Top-up BA, ESART (Barcelona) and Bath Spa University, and also serves as an external subject adviser for the Foundation Degree in Dance Leicester College, de Montfort University.

Recent Research

Chapters:

‘Improvisation-based Performance: Time And Relative Dimension in Space’ International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, Routledge 2015

‘Shifting Sands: the Complex Science of Permanence in Impermanent Performance’ (Eds. Ching, C. & Rahman, M.K.A.) 2014

 

Papers and Articles:

‘Contemporary Dance Performance as Tardis’, delivered as part of Café Scientifique events at The Place, London and Durham University in collaboration with State of Emergency and their current production Love & Sex AKA Per:Mission, 2014.

‘Creating Choreographic Lifeforms’ with Dr Adesola Akinleye, The Re:Generations conference, The Place, London, 2012

‘Performance Innovations: Creating practice-led vocational learning programmes that fit outside the box’, London Met Learning & Teaching conference, 2010

‘Shadow Play and Showgirl’ for Animated Bodies, Animations in Print, Volume 3, 2009

Review of Emilyn Claid’s Yes? No? Maybe… for the international Research in Dance Education journal, 2007

  • ‘Personifying Interculturality: Performing Research’ Churchill College Chapel , Cambridge 6.30pm 25 October 2014 as part of the BIBAC (Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures) Conference.

  • Gamelan Semaphores: arts education in action, with Professor Valerie Ross, Homerton College, Cambridge 26 October 2014, as part of the BIBAC (Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures) Conference

  • (2013-2014) Quantum: A dance and music performance piece
    • Performance as a part of Quantum with Jane Turner, Richard Hoadley, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock, David Ogle, Gregoire a Meyer, Gwen Jones, Natacha Bisarre, sculptor Melissa Murray at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, Saturday June 7 2014
    • Performance as a part of Quantum², with Jane Turner, Richard Hoadley, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock, David Ogle, Gregoire a Meyer, Gwen Jones, Natacha Bisarre, sculptor Melissa Murray at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday June 7 2014
    • Performance by with Jane Turner, Richard Hoadley, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 1300, Friday 4 April 2014
    • Performance by with Jane Turner, Richard Hoadley,Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock Deptford Town Hall, 1845, Wednesday April 2 as a part of the Live Algorithms for Music Symposium , Goldsmiths, 2014
    • Performance as a part of Quantum² with Jane Turner, Richard Hoadley, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock, Elsa Petit, Gregoire a Meyer, Gwen Jones, Natacha Bisarre, sculptor Melissa Murray, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, Sunday October 27, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, 2013
    • Performance by Richard Hoadley, Jane Turner, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock Deptford Town Hall, 1930, Friday October 18 as a part of Notation in Contemporary Music Symposium, Goldsmiths, 2013
    • Performance as a part of Quantum² with Richard Hoadley, Jane Turner, Gareth Stuart, Anne Pidcock, Elsa Petit, Gregoire a Meyer, Gwen Jones, Natacha Bisarre, sculptor Melissa Murray, Sensations Festival, Chelmsford, September 28, 2013

  • (2013) Principia is a performance work written by Tyrone Landau, with performers (Tim Taylor and Jane Turner) and philosophers based on Principia Mathematica by Alfred North Whitehead & Bertrand Russell. In collaboration with the London School of Philosophers at Conway Hall, 20th February 2013. At  the SPARKS  event 13th November 2013 Facility Centre for Creative Research.

  • (2012-2013) The Fluxus TreeAn interactive sculpture for dancer Jane Turner using data from sensors to help generate notation live, which is then played by the composer and 'cellist Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Composer/technologist Richard Hoadley
    • Performance at Musichoreography: duets for dancers and instrumentalists, Kings Place, London, April 14 2013
    • Performance at INTIME 2012 Symposium, October 19-20 2012, University of Coventry, UK
    • Performance at LIVE INTERFACES: Performance, Art, Music, September 7-8 2012, ICSRiM, School of Music, University of Leeds, UK
    • Performance at Degrees of Synchrony: an original dance and music performance investigating the boundaries between synchronisation and simultaneity, May 13 2012, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (with additional dancer Amy Holly)

Watch Jane speak about Swarm: Self-organising systems in performance in a video about Theatre and Performance BA students and staff from London Met exploring scientific and organic patterns such as birds flocking and bees swarming. 

For further information on Jane’s past and upcoming activities, please visit her website.