Michelle Man



  • Senior Lecturer in Dance
  • Year One Subject Tutor for BA Hons Dance.

Michelle Man is Lecturer in Dance and has been working at Edge Hill University since 2012. Her teaching practice has spanned over more than a quarter of a century and across a range of professional, institutional and community contexts in Europe and the UK. She holds an MA in Making Performance and her doctoral research explores Transformative Encounters with Light in the Development of Choreographic Language. Michelle’s teaching prioritizes the broadening of the students’ capacity towards ownership of skills and knowledge, and the development of a confident artistic and creative voice.

Teaching: Undergraduate and post graduate teaching in Dance and Performing Arts with specialisms in: dance techniques, choreographic practice, improvisation and composition, dance analysis, performance creation and mentoring of student-led practice.

Education: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017; PhD candidate in Dance, University of Surrey; MA Making Performance, Edge Hill University, 2014; RAD Student Teachers Certificate, ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Teaching Certificate, Sociedad de Baile Español Teaching Certificate, 1989.

In 2017, Michelle was nominated for the Premio Max Best Choreographer, the Spanish equivalent of the Olivier or Toni Awards, for her work with the award-winning Catalonian contemporary circus company eia. From 1989-2012 her professional career as a dancer, choreographer, pedagogue and eventually director of her own company was developed in Madrid. Her work has been seen in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Korea and the UK in both theatre and site-sensitive contexts. Michelle fosters interdisciplinary performance environments, which builds on her twenty-five years of professional experience in the industry working with architects, composers, designers, musicians and circus artists.

Current research and professional practice include:

InTarsi : research and choreography for the award-winning Spanish circus company eia. This work has been funded by the Spanish Government and the Institut Ramon Lull. and since its premier in April 2016, has been seen by more than 100,000 spectators.


Co-convener with Professor Roger Shannon, Professor Ailsa Cox and James Hewison of the international Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium, hosted at Edge Hill University. 30.06.17. https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ice/ice-conference-30th-june-2017/

Imaginarium: researched and choreographed with James Hewison (Senior Lecturer in Dance, Edge Hill University), this work was made in response to the life and work of Lancashire born Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. Performances include: Festival Costa Contemporánea, Almeria; Tate, Liverpool; Artium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria; Baluarte Congress Centre and Auditorium of Navarra, Pamplona; La Fabrica de Tornillos,  Miranda del Ebro and the College of Architects, Avila, Spain.   https://youtu.be/ko8q80WsWQk

EXPLORANDO: nuevos lenguajes en el circo contemporaneo: Author and director of the project of this practice based research project that explores the development of Chilean contemporary circus in recent years. This project was awarded a £10,000 research grant from the Chilean Government Arts Funding. (FONDART).

INTERFACES:Investigación para las Artes Circenses y Su Cruce con la Arquitectura:

Author and director of the project of this interdisciplinary practice based research project that explores the development of contemporary performance through circus, dance and architecture. This project was awarded an £8,000 research grant from Beca Fundación Mustakis, Aporte País, Chile.

The Dappled Light Project: Begun in 2014, this intra-disciplinary project in collaboration with June Gersten Roberts (Senior Lecturer in Dance, Edge Hill University), explores acts of enchantment and transformation available in experiences with dappled light, through film and choreographic practice. The work was performed as part of the Tate Exchange, February 2017.  http://www.thedappledlightproject.com/about

Conference Papers:

  • Man, M. (2018) Modes of Hospitality as a Methodology for Devising Contemporary Circus Performance. In: Circus and its Others II 28.08.18. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Man, M. (2018) Attenuating Light and the Choreographic (poster presentation) In: Breaking New Ground: Doctoral College Conference 03.07.18 University of Surrey.
  • Man, M. (2018) Atmos (Blue Light) Sphering. In: Atmospheres 3rd Annual Practice Research Symposium 13.01.18, Surrey Institute of Performance at GSA, University of Surrey.
  • Man, M. and Hewison, J. (2017) Of Cabbages and Queens. In: The Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium, 30.06.17, Edge Hill University.
  • Man, M. (2016) Porcelain Moves: when costume choreographs. In: Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice, 06.12.16, The Fashion and Costume Thinking Research Centre, University of Huddersfield.
  • Man, M. (2016) Felt Architectures: Arquitecturas Viscerales, Colegio de Arquitectos, Avila, Spain.
  • Man, M. (2016) Forrest Lights: collaborative glimmerings in performance making with mediated light. In: How To Do Things With Practice Research Symposium, 20.07.16, Surrey Institute of Performance at GSA, University of Surrey.
  • Man, M. (2016) Dancing in the Dark: Lowering the Lights for an Uncertain World. In: Dance in the 21st Century: Questioning methods of practice, pedagogy and research, DanceHE Early Career Symposium, 07.04.2016, University of Bedfordshire.
  • Man, M. (2014) Into Darkness…Towards l i g h t o u c h: The Challenges of Creating and Performing in the Dark. In: Theatre in the Dark International Symposium, University of Surrey.

External Consultation

  • Patron of the Centro de Documentación, Carampa, Spain’s largest circus archive.
  • Peer reviewer for SURJ University of Surrey, Undergraduate Research Journal.
  • Peer reviewer for JAWS Journal of Arts Writing by Students, Intellect Publishers.
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