Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn
Centre for Performing Arts Development
Dr. Sarahleigh Castelyn is an educator, researcher, performer, and choreographer; a dance nerd.
Currently working on a monograph titled Identity Politics in Contemporary Dance in South Africa: The Toyi-Toying Body and a book chapter about HIV/AIDS and contemporary dance in South Africa for an edited book collection on HIV/AIDS and Performance. Arrangements are also being made for a collaborative dance project with student dancers from the UK and students from a South African university.
Castelyn, S. (2013) ‘”Why I am not a fan of the Lion King”: Ethically-Informed Approaches to the Teaching and Learning of South African Dance Forms in Higher Education in the United Kingdom’, South African Dance Journal, 2 (1), pp. 1 – 19. ISSN2223-8425.
Castelyn, S. (2013) ‘“Home is where the heart is”: Black South African Identities and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre’s Home’, African Performance Review, 5 (1), pp. 30 – 42. ISSN 1750-4848.
Castelyn, S. (2012) ‘Flatfoot Dance Company’s training programme in South Africa’ in ANIMATED Winter 2012, pp. 32 - 35. ISSN/ISBN: 0969-7225
Castelyn, S. (2010) ‘Mapping the Body’s Movement’, South African Theatre Journal, 24 (1), pp. 220 - 240. ISSN/ISBN: 1013-7548. DOI: 10.1080/10137548.2010.9687931.
Castelyn, S. (2008) ‘’Mama Africa’, HIV/AIDS and National Identity in South Africa Choreography’, South African Theatre Journal, 22 (1), pp. 62 - 83. ISBN 1013-7548. DOI: 10.1080/10137548.2008.9687884.
Castelyn, S. (2006)'JOMBA! A Festival Diary', Dance Theatre Journal, 21 (3), pp. 40 - 44. ISSN 0264-9160
2011 Invited to work with Flatfoot Dance Company’s training dancers on a choreographic project (Brenda and the BlueBottles) for the fringe night of Jomba Contemporary Dance Experience Festival
2006 Choreographer: Body Maps with Flatfoot Dancers: Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival, Durban, South Africa
2005 Choreographer: I’m Sorry I Never Meant to Hurt You with Flatfoot Student Dancers: Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival, Durban, South Africa
1999 Choreographer Brusie Dance Company: Damage: Dance Shongololo and Redeye: The Natal Playhouse and Durban Art Gallery, South Africa
2016 UEL Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme
2015 UEL Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme (First Prize for student’s work)
2015 ADI UEL Conference Attendance
2014 UEL Undergraduate Research Intern Scheme (Third Prize for student’s work)
2013 UEL Mini-Sabbatical Research Scheme
2011 UEL Research Scheme
2010 UEL Conference Attendance
2010 UEL Teaching Support Awards
2009 UEL Conference Attendance
2005 to 2008 AHRC PhD funding
2005 to 2008 QM Student Conference Support
2005 to 2008 AHRC Student Conference Support
1998 to 2001 UKZN MA Funding
1997 UKZN Honours Funding
1994 to 1996 UKZN Undergraduate Funding
Dance, Politics, Pedagogy, Africa, Gender, Race, Sexuality, Nation, and the relationship of practice and theory in dance studies research.
Dr. Sarahleigh Castelyn teaches on undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programmes. She also supervises doctoral students.
PA4204 READING THE BODY, PREPARING THE BODY
PA5203 CROSSING BORDERS, HYBRID FORMS
PA6203 PRACTICING RESEARCH, RESEARCHING PRACTICE
African Performance Review (Subscriptions editor)
South African Dance Journal (Editorial Board)
Society for Dance Research
Society of Dance History Scholars
Foundation for Community Dance
Congress of Dance Research