Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Simone Kenyon

Practice-Led PhD Candidate

Clotherworkers Building

Simone is a UK based artist, dancer and producer. She creates works that encompasses dance and somatic practices, environment, ecology, walking arts, participatory and performance events for both urban and rural contexts.


Simone is a UK based artist, dancer and Feldenkrais practitioner. She creates work that encompass dance and somatic practices, walking arts, participatory events and workshops for both urban and rural contexts. Her solo work explores walking as a choreographic practice, sensory experiences and performance exploring environment and ecological perspectives. She has a wide breadth of knowledge and skills informing how she creates work for and with specific places and people. This includes facilitating workshops for research projects and for other artists and organisations.

She often collaborates with others on both site and studio based works, including her 9-year collaboration with dance artists Neil Callaghan. Recent works have been presented at Fierce Festival in Birmingham, The Hayward Gallery and Sadlers Wells, London and has toured internationally in China.

Research Interests

Site-Specific Performance

Embodied Knowledge and Somatic Practices.

Dance, Performance and Place.

Gender and Environments

Performance and Ecology

PhD Thesis

Working Title of PhD Thesis: ‘Walking out of the body and into the Mountain’: dancing, mountaineering and embodied ways of knowing.

This practice-led study will investigate themes and practices of embodiment, boundary, immersion, transcendence, agency, gender, subjectivity and hybridity when walking and performing in mountainous terrains. It will address the question of what role an environment, such as mountainous terrain, has on a human perception of it, and how this perception is experienced and expressed through the body. Critically, this research will examine the mountaineering body in relation to the environment through a practice-led approach drawing on mountaineering, walking and dance.





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