Dr. Jane Turner is a .5 senior lecturer working in the theatre and performance practice area with particular specialism in movement and dance. She was leader of the Performance Innovations Postgraduate Certificate course and has previously contributed to the BA Performing Arts and MA Creative Industries programmes.
With exterior partner organisations she organised the 2010 and 2012 Re:Generations conferences exploring International Perspectives on Dance of the African Diaspora. She is a regular contributor to The Facility: Research Centre for Creative Practice and draws on her research and professional experience to contribute to associated subject areas at London Met: community, leadership, performance and moving image technologies, sci-art culture, social enterprise.
Current responsibilities include Dance Foundation degree liaison and the convening of the Devising module. With regular academic and professional involvements at Anglia Ruskin, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Middlesex Universities her research interests lie at the intersections between science-art-technologies-cultures. She has undertaken PhD examining and encourages research proposals in the areas of:
- practice-led research practices, interdisciplinarity, interculturality
- performance making, devising, choreography, creative applied, and community, dance
A graduate of Middlesex and Chichester Universities (where she gained a PhD in Emergent Choreography), Jane began her performance career with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona, before touring with young people’s performance company Hallmark and running a community dance organisation and journal. She formed the dance company TURNING WORLDS in 1990 and has gone on to create multiple dance theatre works that have toured the UK and in Europe gaining awards and critical attention; ‘a classic seduction parade’ The Guardian; ‘elegant and engaging’ Total Theatre; 'Excellent' Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munich,; 'Emotionally propelled choreography...formidable' The Stage; ‘mesmerising and is sure to attract audiences wherever it goes’ East Anglian Daily Times.
Her choreography draws on global influences from argentinian tango to digital networks. During 2014 TURNING WORLDS’ Quantum has been seen at the National Art Gallery, Barcelona, the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, whilst the new multi-media work Semaphore premiered at Covent Garden Cambridge with its film component being selected for the Hybrid Identities - International Experimental Video Art Festival, Spain.
Jane continues to work widely with film makers, composers and theatre directors in commercial and experimental contexts as both performer and choreographer/movement director. Past highlights include the Bond film Goldeneye and the most recent, performing at Churchill College Cambridge Chapel in Valerie Ross’s composition Blue Spot, based on brain wave frequencies.
As a member of the Conway Collective she is co-directing an emerging choreographer's scheme at London's iconic Conway Hall with writer and director Luke Dixon. She has sat on the Board of the International Workshop Festival and the executive committee for the British Association of Choreographers and worked as a Reader for Routledge Performance Texts.
‘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
Recent Workshops, Choreographies and Performances
‘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.
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 for the.
(2012-2013) The Fluxus Tree
An 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).
For further information on Jane Turner’s past and upcoming activities visit her website.
Dr Jane Turner