Senior Lecturer Dance & Choreography

Dr. Katrina Brown is a choreographer with an interdisciplinary hybrid practice across movement, drawing and still-and-moving image. Her work is presented in gallery-like situations, theatre spaces and site locations as well as on the artist-page. She produces material and digital documents as extensions of live work, drawing residues and processual activities of moving, drawing, sensing, thinking. Recent choreographic works included the series of durational drawing scores 'She's only doing this: scores', the documenting-installation project 'Translucent surface/Quiet body' and the collaborative works with Rosanna Irvine, 'surface/sphere' commissioned for the What Festival; The Anatomy of an Artist (Siobhan Davies Dance/Independent Dance) and performance-installation and artist book 'what remains and is the come' supported by Arts Council England.

She was based in the Netherlands for 23 years as an independent performer/choreographer/teacher including at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. She relocated to the UK to take up a post at Dartington College of Arts in 2009. She is currently Senior Lecturer Dance & Choreography at Falmouth University. Her practice-based PhD "body/intersect/surface: A Choreographic View of Drawing" (2017) investigated drawing as a choreographic activity in relation to material process, score and surface dimension: proposing a quiet politics of performing presence working in the horizontal plane of the floor.

In the Netherlands her choreographic work was produced by DansWerkplaats Amsterdam and the [Nes]Theaters in Amsterdam and supported by Dutch funding bodies. She has a long-standing collaboration with musician/composer Han Buhrs, including the film 'Waterman' for the BBC/ACE/NPS Dance for the Camera in 2003, live duet project 'ECHO' 2006 and 'Etsbeest' 2008-2014, a performance for and with a pre-school audience that has traveled internationally to diverse urban projects, festivals and symposia.

She also has a long-standing relationship with the dance research centre L'Animal a L'Esquena in Catalonia, Spain developing work in residence including Openbook 2005, Moving/Drawing, An Archive of Traces 2006 for her Masters Degree at Theatreschool Amsterdam and more recently as part of the PhD the documenting project Translucent surface/Quiet body 2015. Recent residencies at CAST in Helston, Cornwall and Silainia-Project, Lithuania have been exploring body-place through moving, drawing, writing and workshop. Two artist publications have been produced as extensions of the research process. 

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2017 PhD UAL
2006 MA AHK Amsterdam
2004 Iokai Shiatsu Diploma Iokai
1973 BEd 1st Class Hons Mathematics Exeter

Membership of external committees

Director on board of Art Dot Earth

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Current research interests include:

  • choreography as interdisciplinary and hybrid
  • drawing as choreographic activity
  • score-based activity
  • documentation and choreographing the page
  • performance-installation and cross-disciplinary practice

Research centre and group affiliations

Material & Visual Culture

Research Topics

  • Choreography
  • dorsality
  • Drawing
  • politics of performance
  • pratice-based research
  • score

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs


Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Translucent surface/Quiet body, redistributed. Journal for Artistic Research JAR, 2019 (18). ISSN 2235-0225
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Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2016) She's only doing this: scores. Theatre Dance and Performance Training, 9 (2). pp. 190-192. ISSN 1944-3927 print
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Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Translucent surface/Quiet body. Performance Research, 20 (6). pp. 101-105. ISSN 1352-8156 print
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Book Section

Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Working low: activating the horizontal plane. In: Body, Space, and Place in Collective and Collaborative Drawing: Drawing Conversations II (Hardback). Drawing Conversations . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge. ISBN 9781527541962 Item availability may be restricted.
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Conference or Workshop Item

Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Writing body/annotating gesture. In: Annual Conference SAR 10, March 2019, Zurich University of the Arts.
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Arnold, Bram and Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Performing Site; Symposium of practice-based research. In: Performing Site, 9-10 April 2014, Falmouth, UK. Item not available from this repository.


Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: and Irvine, Rosanna (2014) What remains and is to come: a document. Middlesex University, London UK. ISBN 9781859243329
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Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2019) and a body turns. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.
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Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: and Irvine, Rosanna (2016) surface/sphere. [Exhibition]
[thumbnail of video excerpt from installation 'surface sphere' 2016 by Brown & Irvine]


Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: (2020) 3 Em[bed]ding circle. [Performance]
[thumbnail of Documentation. Drawing Score Performance_3 Embedding Circle]

Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: and Irvine, Rosanna (2016) what remains and is to come. [Performance] Item availability may be restricted.
[thumbnail of Performance 'what remains and is to come' at Karst Gallery Plymouth 2014] [thumbnail of Remaining outcome from performance Karst Gallery 2014]



Workshop; 'Mining for Lost Movement in collaboration with RCA MA critical writers as part of the Groundwork Programme of Events May 2018



Residencies exploring body-place at CAST Helston and Siliainia Project Lithuania Artist books published 'ASSEMBLED; tilt/rhythm/dust' and 'STILLED: tilt/rhythm/concrete'



what remains and is to come Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine Tramway Glasgow



what remains and is to come : A Document Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine Publication of Artist Book



Etsbeest Katrina Brown & Han Buhrs A performance event for and with pre-school children



what remains and is to come Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine Performances between 2012-2014 at Karst Plymouth, Backlit Gallery Nottingham, The Performance Centre Falmouth, Nightingale Theatre Brighton, Sokolovsko Festival of Ephemeral Arts, Poland



surface/sphere Katrina Brown & Rosanna Irvine Commission and Video installation for What remains Festival: An Anatomy of an Artist. Siobhan Davies Dance/Independent Dance London


Areas of teaching

  • Dance Performance and Choreography

Courses taught

  • CHR120 Performance and Choreographic practice
  • CHR220 Choreography in Context
  • CHR260 Choreographing for the screen
  • DCH230 Dance Futures
  • DCH320 Written Research Project
  • DCH330 Professional Practice Project
  • DCH360 Practical Research Project

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

CAST Helston. Developing workshops through residency/performance 2017 and Groundwork Project 2018