Evadne Kelly

Evadne KellyEvadne Kelly is an artist-scholar with a PhD in Dance Studies from York University. Dr. Kelly has presented and published on topics relevant to the fields of anthropology and dance studies with a particular focus on danced experience and expression. Dr. Kelly’s research centers on the political and social dimensions of trans-locally performed dance traditions, and investigates danced expression as a source of social change. Publications of her research can be found in Pacific Arts Journal, The Dance Current, Performance Matters 2.2, and Fiji Times. Her book, Dancing Spirit, Love, and War: Expressing the Trans-Local Realities of Contemporary Fiji, is under contract with University of Wisconsin Press. Research for her book received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral award and builds on her 20 years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and rehearsal director for celebrated choreographer and co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, David Earle. Dr. Kelly developed her manuscript as an invited participant in the 2015 Mellon funded Dance Studies summer seminar at Northwestern University.