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Dr Beatrice Jarvis

Lecturer in Dance


I am an urban space creative facilitator, choreographer and researcher, and founder of the Urban Research Forum and The Living Collective. I hold a practice based PhD from the University of Ulster and Kingston University. As a dance artist, I work in Romania, Gaza, Berlin, Germany and Northern Ireland to generate large-scale and site specific choreographic works to explore the social power and potential of embodied movement practices. My socio-choreographic research has been profiled within Pina Bausch Symposium, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, dOCUMENTA (13), The National School of Art Bucharest, Galway Dance Festival, Goldsmiths CUCR Tate, and the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2013. My commissions include GroundWorks Jerwood Space, Steven Lawrence Center and EGFK Berlin. 

Areas of specialism

  • Site specific performance
  • Practice based research
  • Somatic practice
  • Social choreographic practice
  • Dance within socio-political infrastructures as apparatus
  • Collaborative performance
  • Dance and urban design

Courses taught



  • PhD: Dancing Place: Embodied urban narrative and the choreographic workshop. The Sociological Dimension of Choreography as framework for progression of social reconciliation and revisoning urban cartography.
  • MA: (Goldsmiths) Sociology and Research Architecture
  • BA(Hons) Choreography and Visual Arts Practices: Dartington College of Arts


I have a strong track record of choreographic and performance research and practice; maintaining a developing my expertise in devising. My current research has led to a series of large scale community performances in Bucharest and Northern Ireland; exploring how far performance can become a bridge within local areas to address the reality of daily post conflict life. These large-scale public choreographies have relied upon devising rigorous methodologies. 

My background in sociology and research architecture means I see choreography and performance as a social process of the movement and interaction of bodies through time and space. I have been teaching contemporary dance, dance research and somatic embodied practice for the last 8 years, in universities, community centres, dance schools, prisons, research labs and studio based training, focusing on creative exchange and socio-cultural empowerment of the individual within society.


Number of items: 6.


Jarvis, Beatrice (2019) Walking in circles : dancing with shadows - choreo-cartography as a strategy to explore and embody ephemeral mnemonic geographies. Choreographic Practices, 10(1), pp. 145-164. ISSN (print) 2040-5669

Jarvis, Beatrice (2017) Artist reflection : B'fheidir anseo ta me saor in aisce (A study in the possibility of the sensations of home). Environment, Space, Place, 9(1), pp. 21-42. ISSN (print) 2066-5377

Jarvis, Beatrice (2016) Performing Community / The Pride of Promenade : site specific performance and the construction of collective urban identity within post conflict landscape. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 12(5), ISSN (print) 1557-2935

Jarvis, Beatrice [Artist] (2012) In pas cu memorie. Allotrope, 5, pp. 30-36. ISSN (print) 2046-2859

Book Section

Jarvis, Beatrice (2014) Belonging & distance : the dance between sociology, activated art works and politics as project. In: Loder, Dave, (ed.) Skin of the goat : a type of cook book. Ireland : University of Ulster & The National College of Art and Design. pp. 92 -105. ISBN 9781859232620

Moving Image/Broadcast

Jarvis, Beatrice [Artist] (2018) Le deasghnatha / Don Chuardah Naofa Seo = In this sacred search : as cormorant and as barnacle. (film). single channel video.

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