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Noyale Colin is Senior Lecturer in Choreography at the University of Winchester where she teaches theory and practice across all level of the undergraduate BA Dance and Performing-Arts. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018, Noyale assumed the role of Convenor of the University's Centre for Performance Practice and Research (CPPR). In 2020 she was appointed co-leader of the REF UoA for the Performing Arts department.

Noyale studied at the Conservatoires of Nantes and Lyon, before training in postmodern dance and presenting work at leading performing spaces in New York City. She subsequently pursued her career by exploring different movement and somatic practices including yoga, Ohashiatsu, physical theatre and Contact Improvisation. In 2008, Noyale graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with an MA (Distinction) in Performance Making, before undertaking a PhD at Middlesex University which examines the politics of co-working in contemporary performance making. She led the dance department at the University of Suffolk from 2012 2015.

Noyale is co-editor of the book Collaboration in Performance Practices: Premises, Workings and Failures (2016) published by Palgrave Macmillan. She writes journal articles and produces practical works related to her research around issues of embodied practices and the notion of the collaborative self in performance. Current projects include Ethical Agility in Dance: Rethinking Technique in British Contemporary Dance, a co-edited book on dance technique (Routledge, forthcoming 2022); The Institute of Place; and a research project on solidarity practices in Performance. She is currently co-editing a Performance Research Journal special edition on Solidarity (forthcoming in 2022).

Areas of expertise

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Embodied Pedagogies
  • Dance theories and philosophy,
  • Movement Improvisation
  • Somatic practices
  • Choreography
  • Practice as Research



  • Colin, Noyale and Catherine Seago (eds), Ethical Agility in Dance: Rethinking Technique in British Contemporary Dance, Routledge (Forthcoming)
  • Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie (eds.), Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.  

Book Chapters:

  • Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie, ‘Collaborative Performance-Making in Context’ in: Colin, N and Sachsenmaier, S (eds.), Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.1-26. *
  • Colin, Noyale, ‘Collaboration as a Mode of Labour’ in: Colin, N and Sachsenmaier, S (eds.), Collaboration in Performance Practice Premises, Workings and Failures, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.108-132. *

Journal Articles:

  • Colin, Noyale, ‘The critical potential of Somatic Collectivity under Post-Fordism’, Journal for Dance and Somatic Practices, Intellect (forthcoming 2018)
  • Colin, Noyale (2018), ‘The potentiality of collaboration at Dartington College of Arts and the future of performance training’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT), Routledge, 9:3. 445-456.  
  • Colin, Noyale, 'Becoming Plural: The Distributed Self in Collaborative Performance Research', Choreographic Practices Journal, 2015.
  • Colin, Noyale & Woodford-Smith, Rebecca, 'Bodies in Motion: Working through Plurality', Skepsi peer-reviewed online journal, University of Kent. 2012. 20-36.
  • Colin, Noyale, 'Choreographic Presence: Time, Memory, and Affects'. Symposium proceedings Performance Studies International (Psi) 2012.

Book Reviews:

  • Susanne Foellmer, Margaret Lünenborg, Christoph Raetzsch (eds.), Media Practices, Social Movements and Performativity: Transdisciplinary approaches, International Journal of Cultural Politics, Intellect (forthcoming, 2018).

Conference/ Research Events Organisation

  • 2021: Co-organiser Webinar - Performances in Public Space: Responses to Uncertainty in a Time of Pandemic. University of Winchester HEIF fund.
  • 2020: The Institute of Place Launch
  • 2020: Artist Residency Sheila Ghelani
  • 2019 - 2020: In Conversation Series
  • 2018: Co-organiser: Dance Technique and Performance Training. Roundtable and working group. University of Winchester
  • 2016: Co-organiser: Collaboration Research Network International roundtable. Middlesex University
  • 2013: Co-organiser: symposium II. On Collaboration. Middlesex University
  • 2012: Co-organiser: symposium I. On Collaboration. Middlesex University

Conference Papers

  • 21/03/2015 Distributed Performers’ Self in Composition: An Insight into Interdisciplinary Structured Improvisation’, Performance and Interdisciplinary, University of Malta.
  • 18/07/2014 ‘Stepping Besides: Distributing the Self in Collaborative Performance Research’, Questioning the Contemporary in 21st Century British Dance Practices, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • 25/06/2014 ‘Politics of Collaboration in Artistic Practices’, University Suffolk Campus Research Colloquium, Ipswich Suffolk.
  • 18/05/2013 ’Collaboration as a Mode of Labour: A Post-Marxist Perspective’, On Collaboration symposium II, Middlesex University, London.
  • 25/02/2012, ‘Tout fait: Bergson, time, and choreographic being-made’, international conference, title of panel: ‘Restaging the Readymade’, USA, 100th Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration, College Art Association, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 14/04/2012, ‘Choreographic Presence: time, memory and affect’, PSi London group, International Conference: How Performance Thinks’, London.
  • 22/05/2012, 'Choreographic presence through time: a performative assessment of the legacy of the Judson Dance Theatre Group', Conference Paper, Postgraduate Conference: Transform@work, University of Surrey, Guildford.
  • 13/06/2012, ‘Collaboration in Crisis? A mixed-practice inquiry into collaborative processes in performance practice’, Practice-led research presentation, forum convened by Dr Susan Lock, Art and Design Research Institute, London
  • 03/06/2011, 'Choreographic presence through time: a performative assessment of the legacy of the Judson Dance Theatre Group', A mixed- mode presentation including 15 minutes performance and 15 minutes paper. Symposium title: ‘La transmission du geste en question: processus, expérience, figure', Université de Nice, France
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