Dr Martin Leach

Job: Senior Lecturer in Dance

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6191

E: mpleach@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/arts


Personal profile

Martin teaches anatomy, physiology and philosophy to single honours dance students. The focus of this teaching is to help students develop strategies for understanding and improving the way they employ themselves in activity and to help them to develop a philosophical approach to practice. He recently successfully completed his PhD thesis, a philosophical study of the Polish avant-garde visual artist and performance maker Tadeusz Kantor: ‘Even the thing I am …’: Tadeusz Kantor and the Poetics of Being. He is currently working on writing a research proposal that will involve working with dance students, movement scientists and musicians to explore the use of wireless electromyography technology to reveal the hidden psychophysiological world of practice in performance.

Martin’s first degree was in English and Drama at the University of Hull. After graduation he won a Polish Government scholarship to study theatre directing in Poland from 1982–1983. Following his return to England he successfully completed a four-year training course with the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers and qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1989. He has taught at DMU since 1992.

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Tadeusz Kantor
  • Alexander Technique
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Movement Studies in relation to performance
  • Philosophy and Performance
  • The continuity of theory and practice

Areas of teaching

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Philosophy
  • Improvisation
  • Performance
  • Tadeusz Kantor and the 20th Century Avant-Garde


  • PhD Philosophy, Theatre and Visual Art
  • BA English and Drama

Courses taught

Dance BA (Hons)

  • Improving Performance: An Introduction to the Use of the Self
  • Understanding Balance and Coordination: The Technical Basis of the Use of the Self
  • Attaining Poise: A Philosophical Approach to Practice
  • Improvisation and Performance

Membership of professional associations and societies

Teaching member of the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) 1989 to date

Professional licences and certificates

Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique (PAAT, April 1989)

Conference attendance

LEACH, M (2012) ‘Just Pulling Faces at the Audience’? The Metaphysics of Non-Representationalism in Tadeusz Kantor’s Work (paper). Theatre and Performance Research Association  (TaPRA) conference, Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group, University of Kent, Canterbury, September 5–7 2012 

LEACH, M (2012) Kantor’s Poor Object as Icon of Truth (paper).  SURMARIONNETTES ET MANNEQUINS: Craig, Kantor et leurs héritages contemporains, Institut International de la Marionnette, Charleville-Mézières, 15-17 mars 2012 

LEACH, M (2009) The Problem of ‘Feeling’ in Dance Practice: Fragmentation and Unity (paper). Global Perspectives On Dance Pedagogy: Research And Practice. CORD Special Conference, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Performing Arts (CEPA), De Montfort University, Leicester June, 2009.

HUXLEY, M and LEACH, M (2008) Walking and conscious presence (workshop). 8th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Lugano, August 2008.

HUXLEY, M and LEACH, M  (2008) A model for teaching the Alexander Technique in undergraduate dance education (paper). 8th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Lugano, August 2008.

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