Dr Aoife McGrath


Dr McGrath’s research interests include dance and politics, performance and philosophy, collaborative creative processes, and cultural and affect studies. Book publications include her monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: revolutionary moves (Palgrave, 2013), and a co-edited collection, Dance Matters in Ireland: contemporary performances and practices (Palgrave, 2018).

She co-convenes the Choreography and Corporeality Working Group of the IFTR. She is currently working on a book project on Dance and Affect, and a practice-as-research project on Dance and the Maternal.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Dance Studies
  • Choreographic Practices and Processes
  • Practice as Research
  • Affect Studies in performance
  • The Maternal in performance
  • Movement practices and performance
  • Interdisciplinary performance practices
  • Collaborative performance practices
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  • Recent Choreographic Work:
  • Please (2017) in collaboration with sociologist Carolyn Blair, dancer Leonie McDonagh, dramaturge Emily DeDakis, and composer Marty Byrne. This solo dance work used verbatim text from interviews with people suffering from eating disorders, giving insight into their experience of life with ED.
  • Within: Body + Time (2018) in collaboration with co-choreographer and dancer, Aisling McCormick, and produced by Accidental Theatre. A solo dance work performed by a 37-week pregnant dancer and her unborn child, exploring the experience of time during pregnancy.


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages

Choreography and Corporeality Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research 

Irish Society for Theatre Research 



Research students

PhD title: ‘The use of Terzopoulos' Method and Greek Rituals in Choreography’

Name: Argyro Tsampazi
Years of Study: 2017 - 2020
Country: Greece

PhD title: ‘Embodied Consciousness and Affect in Movement-based Improvisation Practices’

Name: Paula Guzzanti
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: Argentina



PhD title: ‘A study of actor-actor performance connection’

Name: Elien Hanselaer
Years of Study: 2018 - 2021
Country: Belgium

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