Professor Steve Purcell

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Professor Steve Purcell

Steve Purcell is a graduate from Dartington College of Arts and the University of Leeds. At Dartington he was taught for 4 years by USA dance artists Steve Paxton and Mary Fulkerson. He also worked alongside Simone Forti as part of a choreographic residency at the Danse a Aix Festival in France with a group of European dance artists working on a site-specific work for the festival.

Steve worked in the UK Higher Education sector for a period of over 30 years. During this time, he has occupied various roles in a number of national and international university settings. These include programme director for Creative and Performing Arts, Dean of Arts Faculty, international development professor, chief external examiner, external quality auditor, guest speaker, teacher and staff development/facilitator and Visiting Professor.

In 2007 he gained his Professorship at YSJ University in the UK. In 2014 he became Emeritus Professor at YSJU. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In Autumn 2014 he became an independent freelance arts and education consultant.

In addition to his HE activities he has been involved in various capacities with a range of regional, national and international arts organisations and events including Board Membership of Arts Council England; a member of the research and development project funded by Arts Council England to explore new models of producing called the ‘The Guardians of Doubt’ together with Tramway, Arnolofini, Dance4 and Yorkshire Dance; the ES Terni Festival in Italy, TBA Festival in the USA, ACT Festival in Spain, Dansehallerne in Denmark, SLAP Weekender in the UK, Cagliari European City of Culture project development in Italy.

In 2003 he became the 5th member of the Guardians of Doubt, an Arts Council of England (ACE) funded 3 year project developing new commissioning strategies for new dance/performance works. Partners included: Arnolfini (Bristol), Tramway (Glasgow), Nott Dance Festival (Nottingham), Yorkshire Dance (Leeds). This network development project resulted in a number of ‘Commission of Ideas’ for a number of national UK based dance artists and the publication of 3 editions of The Doubt Guardian’.

Since 2014 he has been freelancing and working as a guest teacher, advisor and bid writer in various locations in the UK and Europe. These include Ufer Studios in Berlin as part of the 'Life Long Burning’ project; ‘Dance Moves Cities’ as part of Riga 2014 – City of Culture.

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