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Rosie Kay talking about her work

Rosie Kay

In our Connecting series, artists, venues and creative projects talk about their work, their audiences and their plans  for the future.

Rosie Kay is Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Oxford, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.


She has brought a new perspective to the academic life of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.- Stuart Gillespie, The Guardian

In January 2013 I became the first choreographer to be appointed Artist in Residence to the University of Oxford. The position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and I am resident at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. My work combines understanding new approaches to anthropological research methodology, studies of embodiment and practical dance research workshops investigating the lived experience of women with eating disorders. Alongside this I've choreographed the first piece of dance in the Pitt Rivers Museum, and given a series of departmental seminars entitled Dance in Anthropology? I have also been able to access the archives of the museum to create a new multi-media work, Sluts of Possession, which premiered at Dance Base's Festival programme in Edinburgh 2013.

Where is it happening?

The research takes place in Oxford, where I am attending lectures, seminars and discussion groups. I am a member of St Cross College and attend the dinners and social events. The dance research happened at a studio in Oxford at a studio and the museum work in the Pitt Rivers Museum. The development of Sluts of Possession took place in Birmingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Belgium.


In Oxford I am working with the Director of The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, and my research partner Dr Karin Eli.

I'm also working with Dr Noel Lobley (Head of Ethnomusicology) and Dr Christopher Morton (Head of Film and Photography at the Pitt Rivers) and Dr Clare Harris. I worked with them to develop Sluts of Possession. I'm also working with post-graduate students in seminars and creating the Pitt Rivers work.

For Sluts of Possession I collaborated with video maker Louis Price (UK), choreographer/ performer Guilherme Miotto (Brazil/ NL) and artist Peter Missotten (Belgium).

What’s next?

We have applied for further funding for my position to continue and develop at University of Oxford in a formal research project linking Cultural Anthropology, Material Anthropology and Medical Anthropology.