Dr Erin Brannigan

Senior Lecturer
BAHons PhD
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 7854
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 119, Level 1, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Cinema Studies, Aesthetics, Dance, Visual Arts and Crafts, Performance and Installation Art
Tags: The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft), The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance), Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing


Dr. Erin Brannigan is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts and works in the fields of dance and film as an academic and curator. Her current research explores the condition of dance within the broader field of the performing arts through its relationship with other art forms in interdisciplinary practices. Generated by specific works of art, studies cover dance and the contemporary arts; 'gesture' as a cross-disciplinary framing concept; interdisciplinary compositional strategies of the historic and contemporary avant-garde; minimalism as a creative site of disciplinary assertion; and experiment as the substance of experience. She is currently part of an ARC DP13 team, The Experimental Humanities (2013-2015), with Professor of Writing, Stephen Muecke, and Professor of Performance, Edward Scheer. Her current research project, Dance and the Visual Arts: Composition : Experiment : Sensation, involves academic and creative research associates nationally and internationally. New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies is a new research project in partnership with Dr. Bryoni Trezise, and she has co-founded a School Research Cell in 2015, Intermedial Composition, with creative writing colleague, Dr. Stephanie Bishop, both with internal funding from UNSW. Erin also facilitates a research group, Writing Dancing,  involving artists, students and academics. She is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Screendance and is a member of the research team Espas (Esthétique de la Performance et Arts du Spectacle) within A.C.T.E. (Arts Créations Théories Esthétiques) at the Sorbonne, Paris.

She was the founding Director of ReelDance (since 1999) and has curated dance screen programs and exhibitions for Sydney Festival 2008, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003 and international dance screen festivals.

Erin writes on dance for the Australian arts newspaper, RealTime, and publications include; a Platform Paper, Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, (Kent Town, SA; Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published articles in Dance Research Journal, The International Journal of Screendance, Senses of Cinema, Writings on Dance, Choreologia (Japan), Oxford Encycopaedia of Aesthetics (2nd Ed.), Brolga and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.



    Book Chapters

    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Yvonne Rainer's 'Lives of Performers': an 'undisciplined' encounter with the avant-garde', in Rosenberg D (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 517 - 536
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, ''Dancing as Materiality: accumulation, texture, adornment and movement in Justene Williams' "The Curtain Breathed Deeply".', in Day C; Glass-Kantor A (ed.), Justene Williams - The Curtain Breathed Deeply, Artspace, Monash University Museum of Art, Sydney, pp. 45 - 47
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Choreographing Texture', in Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, Wakefield Press, Kent Town SA, pp. 138 - 142, http://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/product.php?productid=1172&cat=0&page=&featured=Y
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Dancing at the Intersections of Time, Space and Language', in Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, Wakefield Press, Kent Town SA, pp. 132 - 133
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Dance Theatre: Expanding the Form', in Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, pp. 92 - 93
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Dance and the World: The Duality of Craft and Content', in Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, Wakefield Press, Kent Town SA, pp. 46 - 47
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Between Dance Practice and Choreography', in Brannigan E; Baxter V (ed.), Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, South Aust, pp. 6 - 8, http://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/product.php?productid=1172&cat=0&page=&featured=Y
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Bodies of Thought', in Baxter V; Brannigan E (ed.), Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, S. Aust, pp. 1 - 3, http://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/product.php?productid=1172&cat=0&page=&featured=Y
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Dance: Dance and Film', in Kelly M (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, edn. 2nd, Oxford University Press, New York, NY
    • Brannigan ED;Card A, 2003, 'Choreography', in Whiteoak J; Scott-Maxwell A (ed.), Currency Companion to Music & Dance in Australia, edn. Original, Currency House Inc., Sydney, pp. 130 - 131

    Journal articles

    • Brannigan E;Mathews H, 2017, 'Performance, Choreography, and the Gallery: Materiality, Attention, Agency, Sensation, and Instability', Performance Paradigm, vol. 13, pp. 1 - 6
    • Brannigan E, 2017, 'Context, Discipline, and Understanding: The Poetics of Shelley Lasica’s Gallery-Based Work', Performance Paradigm, vol. 13, pp. 97 - 117, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/196/193
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Soft is Fast: Simone Forti in the 1960s and After', Performance Paradigm, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/182
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Spirals within Spirals: Vortex Temporum at Sydney Festival', The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/spirals-within-spirals-vortex-temporum-at-the-sydney-festival-52687
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Positively Unassertive: Dancing in the Art Gallery of NSW', Contemporary Visual Art + Culture Broadsheet, vol. 45, pp. 26 - 29
    • Brannigan ED;Mees C, 2016, 'Breaths, Falls and Eddies in All this Can Happen: A Dialogue'', The International Journal of Screendance, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ijsd.v7i0.5463
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, ''Danse: An Anthology. ED. Noémie Solomon'', Dance Research Journal, vol. 47, pp. 107 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0149767715000054
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, ''Choreography and the Gallery: Curation as Revision'', Dance Research Journal, vol. 47, pp. 5 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0149767715000054
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, 'What is it that Dances Something Else?', Critical Dialogues, vol. 5, pp. 12 - 13, http://criticalpath.org.au/resource_category/critical-dialogues/
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, 'Writing Dancing (Sydney)', Critical Dialogues, vol. 5, pp. 4 - 8, http://criticalpath.org.au/resource_category/critical-dialogues/
    • Brannigan ED, 2013, 'The Anatomy of Dance Composition', Choreologia, pp. 65 - 69
    • Brannigan ED, 2012, 'Laurence Louppe’s Poetics of Contemporary Dance (London: Dancebooks, 2010)', Dance Research Journal, vol. 44, pp. 101 - 104
    • Brannigan ED, 2012, 'Transposing Style: Martin Del Amo’s new Solo Works', Brolga, vol. 36, pp. 25 - 30
    • Brannigan ED, 2011, 'Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s', Dance Research Journal, vol. 42, pp. 114 - 117
    • Brannigan ED, 2010, 'Moving Across Disciplines: Dance and the Moving Image', Platform Papers
    • Brannigan ED, 2009, 'Karen Pearlman, Cutting Rhythms', Brolga, vol. 31, pp. 37 - 38
    • Brannigan ED;Brannigan E, 2009, 'The Life of Dance', What I Think about When I Think about Dancing, pp. 89 - 90
    • Brannigan ED, 2009, 'Micro-choreographies: The Close-up in Dancefilm', International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, vol. 5, pp. 121 - 139
    • Brannigan ED, 2003, 'Great Directors: Yvonne Rainer,', Senses of Cinema, http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/03/rainer.html
    • Brannigan ED, 2003, '‘La Loïe’ as Pre-Cinematic Performance – Descriptive Continuity of Movement’', Senses of Cinema, vol. 28, http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/03/28/la_loie.html
    • Brannigan ED, 2003, 'Erin Brannigan reviews Bill Nichols (ed), Maya Deren and the American Avant-garde', Screening the Past, vol. Issue 15
    • Brannigan ED, 2003, 'Erin Brannigan reviews Rainer Rother, Leni Riefenstahl: the seduction of genius', Screening the Past, vol. Issue
    • Brannigan ED, 2002, 'Sherril Dodds, Dance on Screen: Genres and Media from Hollywood to Experimental Art', Research In Dance Education, vol. 3, pp. 89 - 90
    • Brannigan ED, 2002, 'Maya Deren, dance and gestural encounters in Ritual in Transfigured Time', Senses of Cinema, vol. 22
    • Brannigan ED, 1998, 'Motion Pictures', Writings on Dance, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 84

    Curatorial Outputs

    • 1918863, 2016, Choreography and the Gallery: A Salon, exhibited at: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 20th Biennale of Sydney, 27 - 27 April 2016
    • 126158, 2010, Gesture :: Performance | Film | Dance, exhibited at: UNSW Campus; Kensington, NSW, 15 - 19 June 2010, http://www.brannigancuration.com/
    • 87265, 2008, Dance Screen - Sydney Festival, exhibited at: Sydney, 05 - 26 January 2009, http://www.brannigancuration.com/
    • 87266, 2003, Body on Screen: Melbourne Festival 2003, exhibited at: Australian Centre for the Moving Image etc, 10 - 25 October 2003, http://www.brannigancuration.com/

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Brannigan ED, 2004, A Cinema of Movement: Dance and the Moving Image

    Conference Presentations

    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'From Monochromes to Choreography: Rauschenberg’s Relationship with Dance', presented at Tate Modern Public Program, Tate Modern, London, 19 - 19 December 2016, http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/talk-and-lecture/robert-rauschenberg/monochromes-choreography-rauschenbergs
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Between Pose and Flow: Choreographics Exhibition, Carriageworks Sydney 2007', presented at Geste et corps dessinant : un enjeu entre art et technique, Musée des Arts et Métiers – le CNAM - et l’Institut Acte de l’Université Paris 1 et du CNRS, Paris, 06 - 06 December 2016, http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/journee-detude-geste-et-corps-dessinant-un-enjeu-entre-art-et-technique
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Creative Practice Across Music and Dance', presented at Il Corpo nel Suono, 2° convegno internazionale sui temi delle relazioni tra musica e danza, Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Roma, Italy, 01 October - 01 November 2016, http://www.ilcorponelsuono.com/
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Intermedial Composition: Dance and the Contemporary Arts', presented at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance, Limerick, Ireland, 01 - 01 December 2016, https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5784f47b6a4963df86dfea3c/t/588a2b51db29d65fe815a1cf/1485450089175/light-moves-2016-brochure-web.pdf
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Mobile Strategies: Cage, Rauschenberg, Paxton, and the ‘Body’ in Mid-century Minimalism', presented at Performing Mobilities Assembly, Performance Studies International, Melbourne, 01 - 01 October 2016
    • Brannigan ED, 2016, 'Undisciplined Assertions: Between Dance and the Visual Arts', presented at Undisciplining Dance Symposium, University of Auckland, 01 June - 01 July 2016
    • Brannigan ED;Guerin L, 2015, 'Dance and the Visual Arts’ – on Xavier Le Roy’s Untitled', presented at The 13 Themes for 13 Rooms Salon, Pier 2, Sydney, 13 - 13 April 2015, http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/event/free-symposium-the-13-rooms-salon
    • Brannigan ED;Thomson L;Van Hout V, 2015, 'Dance and Film: Moving Arts.', presented at 24 Frames Per Second Artist’s Talks, Carriageworks, Sydney, 27 - 27 June 2015, http://www.carriageworks.com.au/?page=event&event=24-frames-per-second-23011
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, 'Delsarte: Methods for the Alternative Science of Modern Dance', presented at ADSA 2015: Revisiting The Player’s Passion: the Science(s) of Acting in 2015, University of Sydney, 23 - 26 June 2015, http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/ADSA_2015/index.shtml
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, 'A Dialogue about Choreography and All This Can Happen.', presented at Camera-Stylo: Intersections in Literature and Cinema., University of Sydney, 08 - 10 April 2015, http://www.camerastylo.org/
    • Brannigan ED, 2015, ''Talking Back: What Dance might make of Badiou's philosophical project'', presented at Reason Plus Enjoyment 2015, UNSW, Sydney Australia, 10 - 13 July 2015, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/events/reason-plus-enjoyment-conference-2015/
    • Brannigan ED, 2014, 'Poetic Thought and Writing-Dancing’', presented at CORD/Society of Dance History Scholars: Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing, University of Iowa, 13 - 16 November 2014, https://sdhs.org/conference2014-welcome
    • Brannigan ED;Day M, 2014, 'ON DURATION and dance – 20 statements in 20 minutes’', presented at Meet the Artist Meeting the Artists, Techno Park Studios, Melbourne, 05 - 05 July 2014, http://www.technoparkstudios.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=55
    • Brannigan ED;Day M, 2014, 'ON DURATION and dance – 20 statements in 20 minutes’', presented at Salon on Durational Aesthetics, Carriageworks, Sydney, 17 - 17 May 2014, http://performancespace.com.au/tehching-hsieh-salon-on-durational-aesthetics/
    • Brannigan ED, 2013, 'Yvonne Rainer’s “Lives of Performers”: An Undisciplined Film', presented at Transformations of the Image and Text, University of Western Sydney, 24 - 26 July 2013
    • Brannigan ED, 2013, 'Cage, Rainer and Contemporary Dance Authorship', presented at SEAM, 2013, Critical Path, Critical Path, Sydney, 16 - 17 July 2013
    • Brannigan ED, 2012, 'The Anatomy of Trio A.', presented at International Symposium of Acting., Waseda University, Tokyo., 27 - 29 January 2012
    • Brannigan ED, 2012, 'Gestural Exchange: Dancefilm and Beyond', presented at International Symposium in Acting, Waseda University, Tokyo, 27 - 29 January 2012
    • Brannigan ED, 2011, 'The Anatomy of Trio A.', presented at NIEA Experimental Arts Conference, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 19 - 20 August 2011
    • Brannigan ED, 2009, 'The Close-up in Dancefilm: Micro-choreographies', presented at SEAM 2009: Spatial Phrases, Critical Path, Rushcutter's Bay, 01 October 2009


Lecturer in Theatre and Performance and Dance Studies; Reviewing the Arts, Performing Arts Internships, Choreography, Performance and the Visual Arts, Musicals, Dance and Popular Culture, Program and Repertoire