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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

Dance, PhD, University of Surrey

1 Jan 2016 → …

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Research Output 2012 2018

Attenuating Light and the Choreographic in Breaking New Ground, Doctoral College Conference

Man, M., 3 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Critical Analysis

Modes of Hospitality as a Methodology for Devising Contemporary Circus Performance.

Man, M., 28 Aug 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Atmos (Blue Light) Sphering

Man, M., 29 Nov 2017, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Embodied Experience

Book Review Choreographic dwellings: practising place (new world choreographies)

Man, M., 23 Jun 2017, Theatre and Performance Design, 3, 1-2.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

book review

Lighting States- Lighting Scapes: when light performs as a choreographic scorer

Man, M., 31 Aug 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

work environment
working method
research practice

Activities 2016 2019

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

DOCH, University of the Arts

MICHELLE MAN (Visiting researcher)
13 May 201924 May 2019

Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesVisiting an external academic institution

Circus Sessions 2019

MICHELLE MAN (Consultant)
22 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

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

30 Apr 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

Elektri(c)k, CRECE 2019

MICHELLE MAN (Participant)
26 Aug 201915 Sep 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

The Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

MICHELLE MAN (Organiser)
30 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...