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Research interests

Contemporary Circus, Light and the Choreographic, Leonora Carrington


Michelle Man lecturers in Dance and has been working at Edge Hill University since 2012. Her teaching practice has spanned over more than a quarter of a century and across a range of professional, institutional and community contexts in Europe and the UK. Her teaching includes Undergraduate and Post Graduate teaching in Dance and Performing Arts with specialisms in: dance techniques, choreographic practice, improvisation and composition, dance analysis, performance creation and mentoring of student-led practice. 


Michelle Man (MA, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University, where she has been a member of staff since 2012. She teaches on the MA Making Performance and BA Hons Dance and her teaching specialisms include: collaboration in performance making, choreographic practice, improvisation and composition, mentoring of student-led practice and dance writing. On graduating from Elmhurst Ballet School in 1989, Michelle developed her professional career in Madrid, Spain. In 1996 she established her own company 'Michelle Man & Friends', ( collaborating extensively with composers, architects, lighting designers, musicians and multi-media artists. Michelle continues to choreograph internationally across a diverse range of contexts and disciplines that include contemporary dance, circus, theatre and music performance and her work has been received in Brazil, Chile, Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Spain as well as the UK. She has been commissioned by the Spanish Government, CDN (Spanish National Theatre), Teatro Real, Teatro Circo Price, and has been awarded funding for research and artistic production. Michelle holds a Masters in Making Performance (awarded Distinction) and she is currently a PhD Researcher in Dance at the University of Surrey, under the supervision of Dr Rachel Hann and Dr Adam Alston with the working title 'Light and the Choreographic'.

Education/Academic qualification

Performing Arts, MA, Edge Hill University

8 Jan 201328 Jan 2014

Award Date: 22 Jul 2014

Dance, PhD, University of Surrey

1 Jan 2016 → …

Other positions

External Examiner , National Centre for Circus Arts

1 Sep 201931 Aug 2023

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Research Output

Liquid Light

MAN, MICHELLE., Jul 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Open Access
  • Circus Sessions 2019

    MAN, MICHELLE., 28 Jun 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Elektri(c)k

    Translated title of the contribution: Elektri(c)kMAN, MICHELLE., Lyon, JJ. & Zanotti, M., 12 Sep 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Imaginarium: dancing with Carrington

    MAN, MICHELLE. & HEWISON, JAMES., 6 Dec 2019, Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies. 1 ed. Wilmington: Vernon Press, Vol. 1. p. 61-82 22 p. (Art Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

    COX, AILSA. (ed.), HEWISON, JAMES. (ed.), MAN, MICHELLE. (ed.), SHANNON, ROGER. (ed.), DEAN, CLAIRE., MAN, MICHELLE., HEWISON, JAMES., Felicity Gee, Catriona McAra, ZInnari, A., Kent, A., Plunkett, T., Gremels, A., Lee, J., Carrington Weisz, G., Sharman, P. & Salmeron, J., 6 Dec 2019, 1st ed. Vernon Press. 244 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 Membership of network

    Elektri(c)k, CRECE 2019

    MICHELLE MAN (Other), & JJ Lyon (Participant)

    26 Aug 201915 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Circus Sessions 2019

    MICHELLE MAN (Consultant)

    22 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    PSi#25 Elasticity, Performance Studies International Annual Conference (Event)

    MICHELLE MAN (Member)

    30 Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Stockholm University of the Arts

    MICHELLE MAN (Visiting researcher)

    13 May 201924 May 2019

    Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Lithuania Academy of Music and Theatre

    MICHELLE MAN (Visiting researcher)

    28 Apr 20174 May 2017

    Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesVisiting an external academic institution