About Alys Longley

Dr Alys Longley is an interdisciplinary artist. Through methods of choreographic experimentation, documentation and reflection she investigates dance as professional performance, creative expression, community practice and education.

Alys has been involved in performance all her life and currently works as a choreographer, poet, author, performer, community art facilitator and teacher. Formerly trained as a theatre director and creative writer, Alys has been working on projects with fashion designers, composers, visual artists, film makers and writers in NZ, Australia and Europe for over two decades.

Passionate about community engagement, Longley creates work addressing the wellness of young people, healthy societies, the importance of creative arts in education and environmental issues.

Alys’s research interests include practice-led research, interdisciplinary projects, ethnography, somatic practices, ecology and inclusive dance education. Alys has recently led the project 18 Horas Entre Nosotros/ 18 Hours Between Us – a series of performances and public research events in Santiago, Chile and Auckland, New Zealand. In 2019 this project presented the work Mapeo de Bordes Porosos/ Mapping Porous Borders in Chicago. Between 2014-2016 she led the project fluid city, an art-science-education project on water-sustainability. Her book The Foreign Language of Motion was published in 2014 with Winchester University Press’s Preface Series and her book Radio Strainer was published in 2016. Her edited books include Undisciplining Dance in Nine Movements and Eight Stumbles (2018, Cambridge Scholars Press, with Carol Brown) and Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping, Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (2018, Routledge, with Nancy Duxbury and Will Garrett Petts).

Alys Longley is an Associate Professor in the Dance Studies Programme at the University of Auckland.


4 thoughts on “About Alys Longley

    • Dear Efva,
      Thankyou for being in touch! I would love to catch up. I’m arriving to Stockholm on the 23 March and leaving on the 5 April. Apart from 2 weeks of residency time with pavle heidler I haven’t really made plans yet for my time. We are working in a studio on Sodermalm, and I’m staying close by.

      Let me know if there is good time for you to meet! Also we will be having some studio sharings so I will let you know when they are.
      Very Best Wishes and thanks again for writing,


  1. Dear Aly,
    I’m a dancer and from Mexico, about to embark on a Ph.D. journey in Dance at De Monfort University this coming October Your work has inspired me a lot to rething ways to incorporate creative writing in a practice-based research project. Gracias!


    • Hi Amira! Fantastic to hear from you. I’m really happy to hear my work has been useful to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. a.longley@auckland.ac.nz – I am working a lot with South American artists at the moment – I’m really interested in how we continue to connect with each other in these times of border closures! Let me know if you would be interested in a little collaboration!


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