Institut für Theaterwissenschaft



Elizabeth Waterhouse is a dancer and postdoc at the Institute of Theatre Studies where she is part of the research project “Auto_Bio_Graphy as Performance. A Field of Dance Historiographic Innovation” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research as a dance scholar focuses on choreographic practices and aesthetics, ethnographic and oral history methodology, as well as digital techniques for research and documentation of dance practices. Waterhouse’s viewpoint within dance studies makes use of her methodological competences across ‘research’ and ‘creative’ practices in the arts, the humanities and the natural sciences: an education comprising of a BA in Physics from Harvard University, an MFA in dance practice from The Ohio State University and a PhD in dance studies from the Universität Bern/Hochschule der Künste Bern. Between 2015-2018 she was a research fellow at the Free University of Berlin and leader of the project “Motion Together,” funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, a ‘research-creation’ project on entrainment in the arts and daily life. As a performer, she danced from 2004-2012 in Ballett Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company. Since that time, in parallel and often nurturing her scholarly work, she has continued to develop performances and artistic research projects, including with the groups HOOD, tō, and Movement Forum Bern.