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Vicky Hunter – Bath Spa University

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Vicky Hunter is a Practitioner-Researcher and Professor in Site Dance and formerly head of the MA Choreography and Professional Practices programme at the University of Chichester. She joined Bath Spa in October 2023 and leads the AHRC ‘Dancing Otherwise: Exploring Pluriversal Practices’ network and is a member of the Ecotones research project led by Professor Amanda Bayley.

Her research is transdisciplinary and includes site dance practice and theory, embodied research methods and post human feminism, eco-somatic awareness, environmental choreography, practice-research methods, dance and new materialisms.

Vicky convenes the ‘Creative Practice and Embodied Knowledge’ research group with Michelle Elliott at Bath Spa and the cross-institutional ‘Environment and Experience’ research group. She has previously led the BA Dance programme at the University of Leeds; taught on the MA Choreography programme at LIPA; contributed to the delivery of the MA Choreography programme at Fonty’s Academy in Tilburg, Holland; and the BA Dance and Culture programme at the University of Surrey.

Her writing on site dance has been published in Literary Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, Choreographic Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her edited volume Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance was published by Routledge in 2015, and she is co-author of (Re) Positioning Site-Dance (Intellect, 2019) with Melanie Kloetzel (Canada) and Karen Barbour (Aotearoa New Zealand).

Vicky's monograph Site, Dance and Body: Movement, Materials and Corporeal Engagement explores human-environment synergies through material intra-actions and was published by Palgrave in 2021. Her practice-based research includes Dance Site and Body (Barcelona, 2018) and A Holding Space (Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, West Sussex, 2021).


  • 2003-2009: University of Leeds, PhD site-specific choreography
  • 2000-2001: University of Leeds (Bretton Ha) MA Performance Studies
  • 1997-1998: University of Brighton, PGCE Dance, Secondary Education
  • 1991-1994: Middlesex University, London, BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Majoring in Dance)

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