Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

 Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel
Tel: 0207 328 8078
Email: kfarrugia-kriel@rad.org.uk


Qualifications and Position:

LRAD, BA (Hons), MA (Distinction), Ph.D

Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies, Research Manager, and Lead Academic Integrity Officer



I am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance, the Universities of Durham and Surrey and more recently London Metropolitan University, with a  BA (Hons) Art and Teaching of Ballet (RAD/University of Durham), Masters in Dance Studies with Distinction (University of Surrey, 2005) and a doctoral thesis (Ph.D 2012).  Following my Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Surrey (2004-2005), I took up the position of Lecturer in Dance Studies at the Faculty of Education.  Alongside my academic studies, I set up a dance company, three-fortyone dances in August 2003, touring fringe festivals of Edinburgh (2004) and Brighton (2007) as well as other European venues (2005, 2006). As a Senior Lecturer, I have also guest lectured at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University (South Africa) and at the Dance Department at the University of Malta.  I am currently the External Examiner for the University of Winchester’s BA Choreography and Dance.



BA (Hons) Dance Education (tutor)
BA (Hons) Ballet Education (tutor)
MA in Education (Dance Teaching) (tutor)


Research Interests and Projects:

  • Transmodern dance practices: my doctoral thesis defined transmodernism in dance through analysing work by Angelin Preljocaj and Mauro Bigonzetti as well as their revisions of Les Noces (1923).
  • Contemporary Ballet: I am currently working with Dr Jill Nunes Jensen (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles) on a series of publications including editing Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies (Published in 2015), a conference on contemporary ballet in New York City (May 2016) and an anthology on contemporary ballet in the 21st century.
  • Lives of Otherness and balletic pedagogies: a series of research projects on the South African ballerina Yvonne Mounsey (1919 - 2012) and Russian émigré Natalie Poutiatine (1904 – 1984)


Professional Activities:


Society of Dance History Scholars
European Association of Dance Historians
Dance Research Forum Ireland
National College for Teaching and Leadership


Selected Service:

  • 2012 - present Board Member of  the Executive Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars
          2015: Chair of the Selma Jean Cohen Graduate Writing Award Committee
          2013: Society of Dance History Scholars, Graduate Student Travel Grant Committee.
  • 2007-2012 Board Member of the European Association of Dance Historians (2007-2012)
  • Organising committees of conferences: Faculty of Education (2009), EADH London (2011), EADH Paris (2012) and SDHS Special Topics Conference in New York (2016).


Research Supervision:

Approaches to analysing dance
Global forms of ballet (performance) histories (20th and 21st century)
Choreographic revisions and genre & style analyses
Ballet/choreography education and training
Dance, Education and Cultural Studies
Dance in Higher Education (UK, North America, Australia, South Africa)


Conference Presentations:

Selected Conferences (2009 – 2015)


Organised Roundtable at the SDHS/CORD Joint Conference Dance and Austerity, Athens June 2015 (Presenters: Dr Ann Nugent, Julia Gleich and Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel)


DANCING/WRITING transmodernism:
Toward a theorisation of new choreographic histories through an analysis of Annonçiation (1994) by Angelin Preljocaj. Conference paper at the Society of Dance History Scholars, University of Iowa, November 2015.


Organised Panel at the SDHS/University of California (Riverside) conference Decentring Dance Studies: Moving in New Global Orders, California November 2013 (Presenters: Dr Farrugia, Dr Jill NunesJensen and Ms Samantha Parsons)

Angelin Preljocaj, transmodern dance practices and the impACT of writing recent dance histories. Conference paper  at the Society of Dance History Scholars, Trondheim Norway, June 2013.


Dancing through the archives in Reggio Emilia: tracing the heritage of Aterballetto and William Forsythe within the Teatro Romolo Valli Archives. Conference paper at the Society of Dance History Scholars, University of the Arts, Philadephia, June 2012.


Transmodern Dance Practices: Transgressing across genre boundaries, and revisionist (dis)placement in Romeo and Juliet (Bigonzetti, 2006). Conference paper at Dance and Cinema Conference, European Association of Dance Historians, October 2011.

Crossing boundaries, negotiating physicalities: Tracing transnational and transcultural performance heritage in Haka (Preljocaj, 2007). Conference paper at Confluences 6, University of Cape Town, South Africa , July 2011.

Caravaggio, creative catalysts and choreographic dramaturgy: Reading performativity and theatricality in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio (2008). Conference paper at the Society for Dance History Scholars, York University Toronto, Canada, June 2011 .


Improvising a tendu or two: Insights into journeying across imaginary boundaries between improvisation, ballet and choreography. Conference paper at the 3rd Dance Research Forum Ireland biannual conference, Firkan Crane Cork, June 2010.


Journeying through South African landscapes: geography, festivals and dance in the Eastern Cape. Paper in contribution to the Faculty of Education’s celebration of Black History Month, Royal Academy of Dance, October 28th.



Farrugia-Kriel, Kathrina and Jill Nunes Jensen. Eds. Network of Pointes (2015). Alabama: Society of Dance History Scholars. Print.

Farrugia-Kriel, Kathrina. “I used to dance down by the blue gum trees: On historiography, balletic otherness and global trajectories in retracing Yvonne Mounsey’s influences”. South African Dance Journal, Vol 3: 1-27. Print.



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