Dr Natalie Garrett Brown
Head of Department, Music, Writing and Performance; Co-Director Education & Experience, School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI)
Natalie Garrett Brown is Head of Department for Music, Writing and Performance and Co-Director of Education and Experience for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.
Natalie is a dance practitioner, academic, educator and leader, a qualified coach and mentor, and is currently Chair of Dance HE (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education) She took her Somatic Movement Educators Training in Body-Mind Centering with Embody Move Association, UK and is co-convener of the International Conference for Dance & Somatic Practices, held biannually at Coventry University. She is also co-editor of Attending to Movement, Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World (2015) and founding associate editor for the Dance and Somatic Practices Journal. She is a founding member of enter and inhabit, a site-responsive collaborative project and the interdisciplinary performance project flockomania.
- University of Surrey Roehampton, Doctorate Research (2000-2007) Shifting Ontology: Somatics and the Dancing Subject, Challenging the Ocular within Conceptions of Western Contemporary Dance
- London Contemporary Dance School, London, Dance Performance, Certificate (1 Year Special Course) (1997-1998)
- Laban Centre/City University, London, (Visual Design, Politics & Aesthetics) Dance Studies Masters Degree (1994-1996)
- Laban Centre/City University, London, Dance Theatre BA (Hons) 2:1 (1991-1994)
- CMI Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (2017-18)
- Certificate in Management & Leadership, MIT Management Executive Education, US. (2015 & 2016)
- Somatic Movement Educators Training in Body-Mind Centering with Embody Move Association, UK. (2008-11)
Natalie's practice and research interests are situated within feminist understandings of embodied subjectivity and the ways in which somatic and reflective practices can inform education, performance making, creativity, writing and digital cultural practices. She was one of the co-investigators the three year UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place (a practice-based case-study of the city of Coventry (2017-2020).
Arts & Humanities Research Council Research Project Award, PI Nicolas Whybrow (Warwick University), CI Natalie Garrett Brown (Coventry University) ‘Sensing the City: an Embodied Documentation and Mapping of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place (a practice-based case-study of Coventry)’ 3 year project April 2017-March 2020. Total Award Value £330,562.00
‘Moving and Mapping: exploring embodied approaches to city planning’
Garrett Brown, Kipp, Meehan & Voris. 2020. In Whybrow, N. (ed) ‘Sensing the City: Embodied Mappings of the Changing Uses and Tempers of Urban Place’, UK Routledge .
‘Nomadic Making; enacting difference through collaborative performance practice’
Garrett Brown, N.. 2020. In the Journal of Choreographic Practices, Vol 11.1, Intellect Publishers.
- Collaborative Performance
- Somatic Practices
- Embodied Leadership
- Outdoor / Site Responsive Dance Practices
- Dance and Urban Planning
- Dance in the Gallery and Museum
- Dance and Disability
- Dance techniques (Release, Improvisation and Experiential Anatomy)
Course and Research Degree Supervision
MA & PhD in the areas of somatic practice, outdoor performance practices, dance and disability and dance in the museum. (7 PhD completions, 3 MA by Research completions).
Discipline areas include: Dance techniques (Release, Improvisation and Experiential Anatomy), Choreography, Dance history and Critical theory, Dissertations, Collaborative Performance Projects.