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Dr Anna Macdonald

Senior Lecturer
Drama and Contemporary Performance


Anna Macdonald is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Macdonald, A., Buckley, H., 2017. Barnaby Arts Festival: Socially engaged screendance research:, Barnaby Arts Festival, 1/5/2017.

Macdonald, A., 2017. I made everything, Axis Arts Centre, 9/10/2017 - 26/10/2017.

Macdonald, A., 2016. Car conversations, Artsdepot, 14/2/2016 - 21/2/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2016. Lines and Integrity, Keele University, 29/6/2016.

Alder, J., 2016. The new immortals, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 20/2/2016 - 20/3/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2014. What I rely on Solo Moving image exhibition, The Art Currents Institute, 6/2/2014 - 25/2/2014.


Macdonald, A., 2017. 'Progression (Walking) and Progression (Freestyle) (Moving image installation 2017: 22m 43)'.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'After Mrs Mills (Moving image 2016: 3m 39)'.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'I Made Everything (Moving image installation, 2018: 1hr 20m)'.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'Walk (Moving image 2016: 1m 58)'.

Macdonald, A., 2015. 'Falling for everything (Moving image 2015: 5m 15s)'.

Macdonald, A., 2014. 'I will not hope Moving image: 5m 15'.


Macdonald, A., 2014. 'This is for you', Islington, 15/7/2013 - 22/7/2013.

Book Chapters

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Containing the end of This is for You'. In Danser la rue, PURH - Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre.

Macdonald, A., 2015. 'This is for you: Containing the street'. In Sizourn, M. (ed) The street as a choreographic space: receptions, participations and transformations., University of Rouen Press, Rouen..

Macdonald, A., 2014. 'Structure, familiarities and endings'. In Parts --Per Million, Gwasg y Bwthyn.

Journal Articles

Jacob, M-A., Macdonald, A., 2020. 'A change of heart: retraction and body', Law Text Culture, 23 (1, Legal Materialities), pp. 262-275.

Macdonald, A., 2020. 'Witness: a response to Marlene Millar's Witness', The International Journal of Screendance, 11.

Macdonald, A., 2018. 'Touch, containment and consolation in This is For You', Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 9 (2), pp. 255-268.

Macdonald, A., 2017. 'Going Nowhere: Screendance and the Time of Dying', The International Journal of Screendance, 8, pp. 11-28.

Macdonald, A., 2017. 'Holding and Curation', REPERTÓRIO: Teatro & Dança, 27, pp. 49-58.

Macdonald, A., 2013. 'Editing I Will Not Hope', Choreographic Practices, 4 (2), pp. 189-203.

Macdonald, A., 2013. 'Things that start slowly', Body, Space and Technology, Vol 12.

Conference Papers

Jacob, M., Macdonald, A., 2020. 'On Line and Strikethrough', AHRC Legal Materiality Research Network, Concluding Conference, 9 & 10 January 2020, Birkbeck College, London, 9/1/2020 - 10/1/2020.

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Digital witnessing and somatic affect', The Image Conference, Manchester School of Art: Man Met University, 5/9/2019 - 6/9/2019.

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Lineage, Loss and liveness', International Meeting on Videodance and Videoperformance (5th EIVV), Center del Carme, Valencia, 3/10/2019 - 7/10/2018.

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Witnessing and mastery', Regardes Hybrides, Danse Tangentes, Montreal, Canada, 26/11/2019 - 29/11/2019.

Macdonald, A., 2018. 'Somatic Mapping and non-representational knowledge', Geopoetics Networking event, Keele University, 13/6/2018.

Macdonald, A., 2018. 'The Lines between Dance and Law', Art in (and as) performance, Warwick University, 24/3/2018 - 24/3/2018.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'Contingency, Containment and Curation', Expanded Practice - Curation as Creative Process, MMU: Cheshire, 29/4/2016 - 30/4/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'Not going anywhere: Screendance death and certainty', Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image. Fourth annual Screendance Conference to be held at the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, Burgundy, 28/4/2016 - 30/4/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'Screendance, dying and the in-between', Lightmoves Festival of Dance, University Limeric, 3/11/2016 - 5/11/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2016. 'What next? Framing uncertainty in the material practices of medicine and art.', The New Immortals: Science, Art and Humanities in Conversation, Phoenix Art Gallery, Brighton, 7/3/2016 - 7/3/2016.

Macdonald, A., 2015. 'Art, containment and care', Cross-cultural live art project 'Couldn't care less', Deptford Lounge, London, 27/11/2015 - 28/11/2015.

Macdonald, A., 2015. 'Holding the art: Falling for everything', Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal structures in creative work an international and interdisciplinary conference, London South Bank University, 1/6/2015 - 2/6/2015, in

Macdonald, A., Jacob, M., 2015. 'Striking through: writing practices and the discipline of research', Arts and Medical Humanities: Dangerous Currents: Risk and regulation at the interface of medicine & the arts, Dartington, 23/6/2015 - 25/6/2015.

Macdonald, A., 2014. ''This is for you: witnessing the street'', The street as a choreographic space: receptions, participations and transformations', The street as a choreographic space: receptions, participations and transformations', 13/6/2014 - 16/6/2014.

Macdonald, A., 2014. 'Containing the city in 'This is for you'', Performance, Place, Possibility: Performance in Contemporary Urban Contexts, University of Leeds, 4/4/2014 - 6/4/2014.

Macdonald, A., 2014. 'Contingency and structure in the screendance edit: Analysing I will not hope'', Lightmoves International Festival Screendance, University Limeric, 5/11/2014 - 7/11/2014.


Macdonald, A., 2017. 'Acts of Holding', Independent Dance at the Siobhan Davies Studios.

Theses and Dissertations

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Acts of Holding: Dance, Time and Loss'.

Other Outputs

Macdonald, A., 2020. 'Strikethrough studies'.

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'Acts of Holding (collected body of practice-based screendance research) Falling for everything (Moving image 2014: 5m 15) Walk (Moving image 2016: 1m 57) After Mrs Mills (Moving image 2016: 3m 39) Walking (Progession) and Walking (Freestyle) (Moving im'.

Macdonald, A., 2019. 'To witness, is not one directional'.