Activating Embodied Self-Reflexivity, Uncovering Phenomenological Insights

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Activating Embodied Self-Reflexivity, Uncovering Phenomenological Insights, Mining Somatic Archives

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Activating Embodied Self-Reflexivity, Uncovering Phenomenological Insights, Mining Somatic Archives: The body as a site of knowing in autoethnographic performance practice.

Dr. Shannon Holmes is a theatre artist, singer and scholar. She holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK where her Practice as Research centred on using somatic methodologies found in dance and actor training to bridge the divide between technique and freedom in vocal performance. As well, central in her explorations was the use of autoethnographic performance practices to examine the connections between the lived body and voice as a means of centralizing the self in the process of devising theatre.

Her self-devised solo music-theatre piece The Crook of Your Arm employed autoethnographic performance practices weaving autobiographical narrative through the music of Kurt Weill while examining her family's struggles through her Mother's dementia diagnosis. The show had three iterations in three countries; Éspace Pop in Montréal, The Frigid Festival in New York and finally at The Royal Shakespeare Company's studio stage, The Other Place, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. Her latest project is a collaboration with Toronto-based choreographer Sara Porter focused on using movement and choreographic strategies to provoke embodied memories in the process of creating performance.

Originally from Vancouver BC, Shannon has divided her time between the UK and Montréal over the past seven years where she taught at Concordia University. She is thrilled to have joined the Theatre faculty in MAP at the University of Regina as an Assistant Professor this past July.

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