Mary Kate Connolly


Programme Leader MA & MFA Creative Practice

Contact details


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Dance, Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 8600


Mary Kate leads the MA and MFA Creative Practice programmes in the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban. She lectures across the Undergraduate, One Year Programmes and Graduate School, leading modules which investigate creative practice from a variety of perspectives, from historical and theoretical, to practice-based research.Mary Kate’s research interests are varied and draw from her experience as a freelance writer on dance and performance. Her interest in the differing roles and functions of critical writing has led to a number of collaborations around writing and performance, and her writing has been featured in gallery installations, peer reviewed journal articles, and books. She curated and edited the first English language book on the dance artist Raimund Hoghe, co- published by Intellect & LADA.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Mary Kate holds an MA in Dance Studies from Roehampton University, London.

She completed her Undergraduate Studies, and gained Teaching Certification from the Royal Academy of Dance at Inchicore College, Dublin. 


Teaching Experience

  • Module Leader Research Methods (M-Level programmes)
  • Module Leader Writing the Body (MA Creative Practice)
  • Guest Lecturer on MA Choreography, MA Body in Performance and MSc Dance Science
  • Component Leader Investigating Arts Practice (BA)
  • Component Leader Dance History (One Year Programmes)

Previously Mary Kate taught dance technique on the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban, and has worked as a freelance dance teacher and movement director for theatre in the UK, Republic of Ireland, and New Zealand.


Creative Outputs

Mary Kate's strands of research include practice-based investigations on the performative potential of costume, alongside research focused on particular dance artists and the practice of writing within a performance context. In addition, a previous research post in the Dance Science department led to an exploration of the impact of dance on non-elite populations within differing community settings. Her research has been disseminated through performances, conference papers, journal articles, and books.

Practice as Research and Performance Projects:

Old Into New: collaborative performance research project in partnership with London College of Fashion and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Presented at Prague Quadrennial 2011 and Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, Kingston University 2011

Talin, Mary Kate & Me:Performance work commissioned by ImageTanz festival, premiered at Brut im Konzerthaus, Vienna, 2013.


Connolly, M.K. ed. (2013)Throwing the Body into the Fight: A Portrait of Raimund Hoghe, LADA & Intellect, London

Connolly, M.K. 'An Audience with the Other: The reciprocal gaze of Raimund Hoghe's Theatre' in Lepecki, André ed. (2012)Dance, Whitechapel Gallery & MIT Press, London & Cambridge, Massachusetts

Connolly, M.K. 'Vivid Traces: A Re-Appropriation of [Past] Time and Spaces' in 2010 Spill Festival of Performance: On Agency ISBN-10 0956544703

Connolly, M.K., Quin, E. & Redding, E. dance 4 your life: exploring the health and wellbeing implications of a contemporary dance intervention for female adolescents:  Research in Dance Education, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 53-66, 2011

Connolly, M.K. (2011) Dancing Beyond Words, Essay in booklet form commissioned by Dance Ireland

The life expectancy of choreography? RealTime Arts, issue #99 Oct-Nov 2010

The Days of Roses; Mary Kate Connolly in conversation with Luca Giacomo Schulte, Dance Theatre Journal, (2010) vol 23, no 4

Conference Papers:

Mary Kate has presented her research at a number of conferences including:

  • TAPRA Annual Conference, University of Kingston, 2011
  • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference, 2010
  • Dance Science Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia, Finland
  • Dance Active Conference, Birmingham, 2010


External appointments

Mary Kate delivers guest lectures for institutions such as Roehampton University. She has contributed to panel discussions and post-show talks as part of Dance Umbrella and Dublin Dance Festival, and has been 'writer in residence' for a number of performing arts festivals and projects including:

  • The Drawing Machine Experiment, by Priya Mistry, (in association with Dance 4) UK, 2010
  • SPILL Festival of Performance, London, 2009
  • New Life Festival, Berlin, 2008


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