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Teoma Naccarato

PhD Student

Research Subject & Interests

My practice-based research addresses the intersection of bodies and biosensors as a critical site in which to interrogate and elaborate attitudes and approaches towards embodiment in artistic performance. I am investigating ways in which different disciplines interpret and analyse meaning in/of/from the body, and further, by ways in which these practices reflect and promote a set of implicit values based on social, cultural, and political undercurrents. My use of biosensors is guided by the principle that the body can never, by any means, be reduced to bio-data; and yet, biometric archives hint at dynamic processes of relationality between physiology, behaviour and context, which are always in motion. I aim to articulate and actualize frameworks for performance with biosensors that are not based on causality, control, and representation, but rather, which manifest through shared awareness and agency across multiple, fluid assemblies of self, other, and environment.

Supervisors: Sarah Whatley, Scott deLahunta, & Simon Ellis


Teoma Naccarato is a choreographer, performer, dance educator and scholar from Montreal, Canada. She presently resides in London, where she is pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. Naccarato completed her MFA in Dance and Technology at the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2011, and has since enjoyed appointments as a Visiting Professor in Dance at Concordia University, Sam Houston State University, Florida State University, and OSU. Naccarato’s choreography for stage, screen, and installation incorporates contemporary dance with interactive video, audio and biosensor technologies to explore vulnerability, intimacy, and uncertainty in live and virtual relations.