Dr. Nicola Conibere


My research is driven by an interest in what experiences of knowledge and relation can be generated by encounters with bodies. These are possibilities that I explore through choreographic practice and academic writing - each form extending the thinking of the other. I am particularly interested in the politics and potentials of spectatorial exchange, especially in relation to notions of theatricality, public appearing and social choreography. More recently I have begun to explore notions of bodied excess and contagion in relation to the choreographic.


Senior Lecturer in Dance

Building: Ellen Terry

Room: ET207



Nicola Conibere 


Nicola Conibere is a Senior Lecturer in Dance and a practicing artist with strong links to professional bodies and international festivals, as well as a solid history in securing funding. In addition to her lectureship at Coventry University she is a regular visiting lecturer on MA programmes at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

In 2015 she was awarded her AHRC funded, practice-based PhD. Her research is located in a nexus between dance, theatre and performance studies, addressing what choreographic practice offers to the politics of spectatorship, participation and notions of publics. Nicola was an Associate Artist with Nottingham based, international dance agency Dance4 from 2009 to 2014, and is regularly invited to contribute to public discussions and to join a range of research projects.

She previously worked as a Media Relations Manager with performing arts venues and companies. She has wide ranging links in the dance and performing arts industries, as well as being an active participant in artist and researcher networks. Nicola’s choreographic work has been shown at venues including Royal Academy of Arts (London), Hayward Gallery (London), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham), ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art (Kuopio, Finland), Laban Theatre (London), Royal Opera House (London) and numerous other organisations.


Practice-As-Research Outputs

  • Conibere, N. (2014) Do-Re-Me. ‘MIRRORCITY’ exhibition, Volumes Project. London: Hayward Gallery, October 2014 – January 2015. 
  • Conibere, N. (2013) Assembly. Dance4, ‘ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art’. Kuopio, Finland, September 2014 and ‘NottDance Festival’. Nottingham, March 2013. (An interview about the piece was published in online magazine Exeunt
  • Conibere, N. (2012) Practice. London: Laban Theatre, April 2012 and Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, March 2012. (Practice is co-produced by Jardin d’Europe in partnership with Southbank Centre and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Trailer). 
  • Conibere, N. (2010) Count Two. ‘DancEUnion’, London: Southbank Centre, March 2011; London: Laban Theatre, September 2010; Nottingham: Lakeside Arts Centre, September 2010 and London: The Place, February 2010. 
  • Conibere, N. (2009) Count One. ‘ROH2 Firsts’, London: Royal Opera House, November 2009; ‘SPILL Festival National Platform’, London: National Theatre Studios, April 2009; ‘What Now’, London: Siobhan Davies Studios, April 2009 and ‘Resolution! 2009’, London: The Place, January 2009. 
  • Conibere, N. (2008) The Beckoning and the Escapades. ‘Europe in Motion, Nottdance 2011’, Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, March 2011; ‘Dance4 presents’, Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, January 2010 and ‘Quake’, Derby: Déda, March 2009. 

Recent Conference Papers:

  • Conibere, N. (2015) ‘Attention, Vulnerability and Being-for-Others: Spectatorial Relations in Choreographic Practice’. Research Seminar Series. Held 18 March 2015 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 
  • Conibere, N. (2015) ‘Attention and Vulnerability in the Choreographic Work ‘Assembly’’. Performance Philosophy Research Seminar Series. Held  March 2015 at University of Surrey. 
  • Conibere, N. (2014) ‘Resisting Explanation: The Politics of Audience Development and Possibilities of Form’. Performing Process: Sharing Practice symposium. Held May 2014 at Coventry University.


Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021