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Ms Jess Murray

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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

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Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Dance and music collaboration, tap dance, dramaturgy, improvisation.


Masters with Distinction Dance Theatre Practice, The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts

Conference attendance

Presentation & Workshop "Mapping and Mining the 'Tight Places' of Improvisation"
4th International Conference of Dalcroze Studies 'The listening body in action’ 
28 July – 02 August 2019 at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland.

Presentation "A Personal Manifesto for Rhythm Tap Research". POP Moves 12th Annual Conference 'Moving Beyond Coloniality’. 22 - 24 November 2019 at the University of Roeshampton, London.

Paper "Creating an Improvisation Dramaturgy for Rhythm Tap: Interdisciplinary models and contexts". Conference 'Performing Knowledges' 11- 13 March 2020 at the University of Malta, Malta (cancelled).

Public Engagement & Impact

Founder of the Tap Dance Research Network UK
"The Tap Dance Research Network UK brings together researchers, artists, academics and practitioners. We will advocate, engage and develop an open platform that connects industry and academia to explore creative practice in tap dance".

- Tap Dance Research Symposium - De Montfort University, Leicester. Friday, May 24, 2019.
- Post show discussion with Dorrance Dance at Sadlers Wells as part of the Tap Dance Research Network UK. 14 November, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London.

PhD project

PhD title

Facilitating Dramaturgy in Dance and Music Collaborative Improvisation: a Rhythm Tap Practice Research Project


This research draws on scholarship from Improvisation Studies and Dramaturgy to create a critical framework for analysing collaborative dance and music improvisation practices such as rhythm tap dance. This critical framework will be developed in response to my own creative work, as well as engaging with that of other artists, exploring a diverse range of dance and music collaborative practices. I am interested in how my doctoral study can engage with current discussions around programming and producing improvised dance and music collaborative performance work, and how this learning might inform new performance models.

Names of supervisors

Sally Doughty and Dr Susanne Foellmer