KEYNOTES & GUEST TEACHERS
Associate Professor Nicholas Rowe is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and holds a PhD from the London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent at Canterbury. He has choreographed and performed with The Finnish National Ballet, Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Nomad Dance Theatre, Modern Dance Turkey and Ramallah Dance Theatre.
From 2000-2008 Nicholas resided in the Occupied Palestinian Territories working in refugee camps on dance projects with local artists, and he continues to maintain an active practice as a community dance animateur in diverse regions of the world.
Nicholas gives regular public talks on the relationship between dance, communities and political contexts, with a particular focus on cultural hegemony and appropriation.
Nicolas is an international award-winning filmmaker, directing the feature-length films The Secret World and Dancing7Cities. He has also won institutional awards for teaching and research excellence, and has published extensively on dance, creativity, collaboration and education in diverse cultural contexts, within leading international academic journals.
He has also won institutional awards for teaching and research excellence, and has published extensively on dance, creativity, collaboration and education in diverse cultural contexts, within leading international academic journals.
His books include Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the South China Sea (2015) Talking Dance: Contemporary Histories from the Southern Mediterranean (2014), Moving Oceans: Celebrating Dance in the South Pacific (2013), Raising dust: a cultural history of dance in Palestine (2010), and the performing arts workshop manual Art, during siege (2004). Nicholas is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Chinese and ASEAN Arts, University of Chengdu, and a visiting scholar at ArtsEqual/CERADA, University of the Arts Helsinki.
Louise Mathieu is a Retired Professor of the Faculty of Music of Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, where she taught from 1976 to 2016.
Director of Studies of Dalcroze Canada, she also acts as President of the Collège of the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze (Geneva) and Vice-Chair of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS).
She serves on the editorial board of the Journal Recherche en Éducation Musicale, and is a peer-reviewer for various scientific committees. Dr Mathieu also supervises Music Education Research projects.
Her research interests are the relationship between music and body movement, Dalcroze studies, the process of creation, and qualitative methodology of research in music learning and teaching.
A frequent lecturer and workshop leader, she holds the Dalcroze Diplôme supérieur (IJD, Geneva) and a Doctor of Arts (New York University).