James Hewison


  • James Hewison, MA, FHEA
  • Senior Lecturer in Dance and Director of Student Experience
  • Department of Performing Arts


Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in dance and physical theatre with specialisms in: dance techniques, choreographic practice, improvisation and composition, performance creation and mentoring of student-led practice.

Education and Training

  • 1993     BA (Hons) Dance Studies, Middlesex University
  • 2004     MA by Independent Study in European Dance Theatre Practice, De Montfort University

Research & Professional Practice

James has made, performed and toured nationally and internationally in professional dance and physical theatre work since 1991. He was co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Vtol Dance Company (1991- 2000) and has additional extensive international performance credits with Volcano Theatre Company with whom he has worked since 1993. James has also performed with CandoCo, Emilyn Claid , Steve Kirkham, and Ersatz Dance.

More recently James has created a series of new practice-based research projects with EHU Lecturer, Michelle Man, notably Imaginarium, which responds to the work of the surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011). Imaginarium premiered at Tate, Liverpool in 2015 as part of their Carrington retrospective, and the work toured internationally in September 2016. James was part of the steering group that hosted the Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium at Edge Hill University in July 2017 that celebrated Carrington’s birth centenary. He is currently a contributing co-editor of a new volume, Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies that will bring together papers from the conference.

In 2018 James will publish a chapter in a new Oxford University Press Guide to Shakespeare and Dance. The chapter, Shakespeare and L.O.V.E: dance and desire in the Sonnets, explores James’ decade-long experience of performing in Volcano Theatre Company’s award-winning production, L.O.V.E (1992), which offered a radical and highly physical interpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. In July 2018 James will present a paper on this work at the Dance Scholars Association annual conference hosted by the University of Malta.

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