Dr Alys Megan Longley


Alys Longley's research foci include practice-led research, performance writing, interdisciplinary projects, art and ecology, ethnography, narrative research, somatic education methods and inclusive dance education. Her key area of expertise is in the relationship between performance writing and practice-led research.  Her key teaching/ supervision areas are in dance writing, research methodologies, practice-led research and applied research practice.  In 2019 Alys has developed the works Mistranslation Laboratory (performed in Lisbon, Santiago, Wellington and Auckland) and El Otro País Que Eres (created in collaboration with artists Macarena Campbell, Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira and Eduardo Cerón Tillería, and performed in Santiago Chile). Alys has recently published in  Text and Performance Quarterly (US); Choreographic Practices (UK); Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (U.K), Symbolic Interactionism (U.S), Qualitative Inquiry (US), Emotion, Space, Society (UK), Writings on Dance (Australia), and HyperRhiz (US). Alys's books The Foreign Language of Motion (2014) and Radio Strainer (2016) are published by Winchester University Press (UK). Alys has recently co-edited Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping: Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (2018) with Nancy Duxubry and Will Garret Petts, and  Undisciplining Dance (2018) with Associate Professor Carol Brown.


Research | Current

  • Interdisciplinary practice
  • Performance writing
  • Choreographic research
  • Practice-led research
  • Inclusive arts pedagogy
  • Art and ecology

Teaching | Current

In 2020 Alys will be leading Dance 101G - Introduction to Dance as Creative Practice; Dance 215- Improvisation; Dance 107 Contextual Studies; and Dance 121 Dance Writing. She is supervising in the BDance St(Hons), Masters and PhD. 


Postgraduate supervision

Alys is currently supervising fourteen PhD projects, and has supervised three to completion. These projects cover research in 'dark materiality in choreographic practice', inclusive teaching practices in choreographic mentoring; economies of applied theatre; the role of gesture in mathematical learning; the role of creativity in urban wellbeing and somatic, sound-based and site-responsive choreographic practices. 

Alys is supervising two choreographic Masters Research projects.


2017 CLeaR Teaching Fellow 

NICAI Faculty Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, 2012


Post Graduate Advisor, Dance Studies

CAI Representative - University of Auckland General Education Board of Studies


Areas of expertise

Alys's areas of expertise include creative writing in practice-led research; inclusive dance education; poetic writing as research; improvisation; interdisciplinary practice; narrative research.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair - Tertiary Dance Educators Network New Zealand Aotearoa

Executive Committee Member - Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines conference

Reviewer - Emotion, Space, Society

Reviewer - Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

Reviewer- Journal of Artistic Research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Duxbury, N., Garrett-Petts, W. F., & Longley, A. (2018). Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing. Routledge. Pages: 320.
  • Brown, C., & Longley, A. (2018). Undisciplining Dance in Nine Movements and Eight Stumbles. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pages: 295.
  • Brown, C., & Longley, A. (2018). Introduction: (Un)knowing dancing. In C. Brown, A. Longley (Eds.) Undisciplining dance in nine movements and eight stumbles (pp. ). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Related URL.
  • Longley, A. Mistranslation laboratorySur Sur. Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile. 17/11/2017 - 2/12/2017
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44675
  • Longley, A. (2017). I wanted to find you by inhabiting your tongue: Mistranslating between words and dance in choreographic practice. Choreographic Practices, 8 (1), 27-49. 10.1386/chor.8.1.27_1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44500
  • Longley, A. (2016). "Skeleton boat on an ocean of organs” and other stories: Understanding and evoking posthuman relations through site-based dance, somatic practices, performance writing and artist-books. Text and Performance Quarterly, 36 (4), 229-249. 10.1080/10462937.2016.1240827
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32717
  • Longley, A. L. Y. S., & Duxbury, N. (2016). Introduction: Mapping cultural intangibles. City, culture and society, 7 (1), 1-7. 10.1016/j.ccs.2015.12.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31940
  • Longley, A. M. (2015). Radio strainer: part two of the kinesthetic archive (1st). Winchester, United Kingdom: Winchester University Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 113 - Bldg 113
Level 1, Room 125
New Zealand