Research
Man and woman dancing
Man and woman dancing at a Cooma nightclub, photograph by Jeff Carter c. 1957–60, printed 2000, Powerhouse collection.

Dr Julie-Anne Long

MAAS Research Fellowship

December 2020

Project Title: Dance in the City: Animating the Archive Performing Histories

Dr Julie Ann Long
Dr Julie-Ann Long, photo supplied.

Dr Julie-Anne Long’s project will devise an innovative approach to the MAAS collection and dance archive — to invigorate the past in the present and the present for the future, in mediums that look beyond traditional archival objects and formats. The dancing body will be engaged to enliven, exhibit and present the archive in performance, where the dancer as archivist will develop contemporary performances that engage with archival resources and research. The research aims to promote discussion around how we inherit dance and how we can approach the legacy of dance, in order to activate the archive for dance.

Long is a professional dance practitioner with over thirty-five years in performance, choreography, teaching, arts administration and advocacy. She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and Performance with the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research and teaching predominantly focus on dance and performance practices, creative processes, and the social and cultural contexts of movement and dance in the twenty-first century.

Long’s trajectory from artist to artist-scholar has been distinguished by the eclectic range and interdisciplinary nature of her dance practice and diverse dancer-citizen contributions. Her current multimodal research program, Dance in the City, contributes to contemporary understandings of the relationship between dance, sustainability of arts communities and practices, and the city.

More information about Long’s art practice and research can be found on her website and research profile.