Dr Beatrice Jarvis


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. As a dance artist, I have worked nationally and internationally  (Romania, 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. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Dance and Course Leader for BA Dance and Drama, ECR Representative


  • PhD: Dancing Place: Embodied urban narrative and the choreographic workshop. The Sociological Dimension of Choreography as framework for progression of social reconciliation and revisioning urban cartography. ( Full time funded by University of Ulster and DEL / VCRS )
  • MA: (Goldsmiths) Sociology and Research Architecture ( AHRC funded)
  • BA(Hons) Choreography and Visual Arts Practices: Dartington College of Arts
  • FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • ILM Level 5: Institute of Leadership and Management

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


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.

Areas of specialism

  • Somatics
  • Site responsive dance practice
  • Embodiment
  • Post Conflict research
  • Dance and Trauma

Research student supervision


Number of items: 13.


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 (2019) Le deasghnatha / Don Chuardach Naofa Seo : In this sacred search : Lough Foyle as cormorant and barncle. In: Povall, Richard, (ed.) Liquidscapes. U.K : art.earth. pp. 55-71. ISBN 9780995719675

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

Conference or Workshop Item

Jarvis, Beatrice [Researcher] and Gillespie, Dowd Donall [Collaborator] (2019) Explorations of fluid boundaries of Lough Foyle through ecosomatic practice. In: Co-Motion : Dance & Borders : an all-island dance conference; 25 - 26 Oct 2019, Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Unpublished)

Jarvis, Beatrice (2019) "our street / your street / my street” : site specific performance and the construction of collective urban identity within post conflict landscape of Northern Ireland. In: Conflict Research Society Annual Conference : Rethinking Conflict Research and Practice in a Post-Liberal World; 08 - 10 Sep 2019, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jarvis, Beatrice (2019) The city is a tree : the oldest forest of a new town. Urban forests as platform for somatic experiences in the city. In: Evolving the Forest; 19 - 11 Jun 2019, Dartington, England. (Unpublished)

Jarvis, Beatrice [Artist] (2019) We walk in step, our feet, the Earth, this duet. In: Storytelling and the Environment : 13th Annual Storytelling Symposium; 12 - 13 Apr 2019, Pontypridd, Wales. (Unpublished)

Jarvis, Beatrice (2018) an cuardach seo naofa. Nuair a throid na cosa. Meta narrative in site-specific performance practice as a platform for deconstructive ecopsychology. In: 50th Conference of Irish Geographers; 10 - 12 May 2018, Maynooth, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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.

Performance/Live Event

Jarvis, Beatrice [Artist] (2018) A lost narrative : a choreographic installation by Dr Beatrice Jarvis. Hold Everything Dear : Performance, Politics & John Berger.

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I am currently a member of Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding.  HCPB is hosted and led by the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) 

I am currently training to become a Certified TRE® Provider 

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • The Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding.

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