Dr Mark Hamilton

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Position: Senior Lecturer
Email: hamiltonm@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Drama, Film and Media

Professional Biography

Dr. Mark James Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in World Stages at Regent’s University London. He first trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham (BA & MPhil). He also trained with bharatanatyam dancer Priya Srikumar and her guru Paramasiva Menon, with astanga vinyasa yoga teachers Jude Hynes and Peter Nilsson and their guru K. Pattabhi Jois, and with CVN kalaripayattu master Rajasekaran Nair and his gurukul Sathyanarayanan Nair. Mark’s doctorate was awarded by the University of Canterbury (NZ). His thesis explored the interface of the martial arts and dance — in the course of which he trained in judo and capoeira for three years. Mark’s on-going research explores the possibility of transcultural principles for performance and the challenges of intercultural collaboration. His teaching is a synthesis of the European practices of Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Grotowski and Roy Hart, with the hereditary and contemporary arts of the Maori people and the Indian region of Kerala. Mark has worked as a dancer-actor, director-choreographer, scriptwriter and creative producer for stage and television. His career in the Asia Pacific region ranged from performance of his solo dance in temple compounds to co-creation of a pop-opera with a symphony orchestra. Since his return to the UK in 2011, Mark has collaborated with a range of London-based experimental companies (see affiliations below) as a research collaborator and adviser on professional development.

Qualifications

  • 2011 PhD: Theatre and Film Studies University of Canterbury (NZ), “Martial Dance Theatre: A Comparative Study of Torotoro Urban Maori Dance Crew (NZ) & Samudra Performing Arts (India)”
  • 2002 Certificate of Proficiency Auckland University of Technology (NZ) Te Reo III (Maori Language)
  • 1992 MPhil: Drama and Theatre Arts University of Birmingham (UK) “Marius D'Assigny 1643-1717 & Performance Processes”
  • 1990 BA Special Hons: Drama & Theatre Arts University of Birmingham (UK) First Class with Practical Distinction

Relevant Past Employment

Tertiary Teaching:

  • 2007 – 2009, Occasional Lecturer University of Canterbury (NZ), BA Theatre & Film Studies
  • 2000 – 2004, Tutor/Course Director, Auckland University of Technology (NZ), Certificate of Contemporary Maori Performance – Dance
  • 1992 – 1993, Body and Voice Teacher, University of Ulster (UK), BA Drama (2nd/3rd Year)
  • 1990 – 1991, Body and Voice Teacher, University of Birmingham (UK), BA Drama & Theatre Studies (2nd/3rd Year)

Dance Teaching:

  • 2005 – 2006, Base (Scottish National Centre for Dance) Edinburgh (UK), Yoga, Modern Dance (Laban)
  • 1990, Pioneer Palace Vinnytsia (Ukraine), Modern Dance and Tanztheater
  • 1994 – 1998, Dance Base (Scottish National Centre for Dance), Edinburgh (UK), Yoga, Haka, Modern Dance (Laban)

Voice Teaching:

  • 2006 – 2010, Mika HAKA Foundation Auckland (NZ)
  • 2000 – 2004, Torotoro Trust Auckland (NZ)
  • 1998 – 2000, Patangaroa Ltd Auckland (NZ)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dr Hamilton is a research collaborator and adviser to:

  • Dr Nadine George — international voice teacher
  • Daniel P Cunningham — queer live artist
  • Shane Shambhu — bharata natyam dancer and actor
  • Jo Walsh – Chair of New Zealand Studies Network

Teaching & Course Development

  • Introduction to Voice and Movement for the Actor (Foundation Certificate in Acting)
  • Developing Voice and Movement (Foundation Certificate in Acting)
  • Stages and Styles (Foundation Certificate in Acting)
  • Theatre Experience (Foundation Certificate in Acting)
  • World Stages 1: Origins (BA Acting & Global Theatre)
  • World Stages 2: Mapping (BA Acting & Global Theatre)
  • Voice as Material (BA Acting & Global Theatre)
  • Shakespeare in International Performance (BA Acting & Global Theatre)
  • Development of Major Performance Project (BA Acting & Global Theatre)
  • Global Perspectives (Regent’s ‘common module’)
  • Roots of Theatre and Performance (BA Acting and World Theatre)
  • Core Skills for Learning and Research (BA Acting and World Theatre)
  • Mapping World Performance (BA Acting and World Theatre)
  • Study Abroad Portfolio (BA Acting and World Theatre)
  • Being a Reflective Practitioner (Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education)
  • International Theatre (Regent’s American College in London)
  • Theatre Appreciation (Regent’s American College in London)
  • From Shakespeare’s Globe to the West End (Regent’s American College in London)
  • Contemporary London Theatre (Regent’s American College in London)
  • Creative Process (MA Global Management)

Examining

Mark has functioned as the examiner of the modules above 

Publications

Monographs:

  • (2013) Martial Dance Theatre: Intercultural Negotiation, Masculine Identities. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-34660-6 

Journals:

  • (2017) “In Prakriti: Feminocentric Form” Indian Theatre Journal. Vol:1, Iss:1, publisher: Intellect (UK)
  • (2016) “Taera, Awenga: Sexuality, Power” Te Kaharoa – The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, Vol:9 Iss:1, publisher: Auckland University of Technology (NZ)
  • (2014) “A Queer & Permissive Text: Towards a Situated Knowledge of CVN-Kalarippayattu” Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
  • (2012) “Answer the Question” - Training Grounds - Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Vol:3 Iss:1 publisher: Routledge (UK)
  • (2009) “Mika's Haka in Mika HAKA: Playing the Other”, Platform Vol: 4 Iss: 2 publisher: University of London (UK)
  • (2009) “Safe Savage: Maori & Malayali Martial Dance Theatre”, Theatre Forum Journal Iss: 35 publisher: UC San Diego (USA)

Book Chapters:

  • (2009). “Gnosis in Showbiz” in Ethical Encounters: Boundaries of Theatre, Performance and Philosophy. ed: D. Meyer-Dinkgrafe & D. Watt publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press (UK)

Other Outputs

Seminar Research Presentations:

  • (2009) Presenting and Publishing Research University of Canterbury (NZ), Learning Skills Centre Seminar Series. 4 August 2009. Martial Dance Theatre University of Canterbury (NZ).
  • (2009) Theatre & Film Studies Postgraduate Seminar Series. Samudra Performing Arts University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • (2009) New Zealand South Asia Centre Postgraduate Workshop.
  • (2007) Martial Dance Theatre University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • (2007) Centre for Music, Theatre & Film Studies Public Seminar Series.
  • (2007) Martial Dance Theatre University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • (2007) University of Canterbury Postgraduate Showcase.

Theatrical Research Presentations:

  • (2017) “Salvation: Shamanic Striptease” London performances: Battersea Arts Centre, 31 December 2016; The Fly Pit, 10 January 2017; Rich Mix, 21 January 2017; Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 7 February 2017; Hackney Show Rooms, 1 April 2017; Battersea Arts Centre, 11-13 April 2017; Rose Theatre, 19 April 2017; and Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 20 May 2017.
  • (2008) Producer/Lighting Designer Martial Dance Theatre (90 mins), James Hay Theatre, Christchurch: October 2008. Featuring: Torotoro Urban M!ori Dance Crew (Auckland, NZ), Samudra Performing Arts (Kerala, India),Capaoeira Mandinga Aotearoa (Auckland/Christchurch NZ), Aruande Capoeira (Dunedin, NZ), Capoeira Cordao de Ouro (Gold Coast, Australia).

Moving Image Research Presentations:

  • (2008) Producer (Documentary) Moving as One (20 mins.) Directors: Muriel McGlone and Coralie Winn.
    Topic: Martial Dance Theatre Symposium (Christchurch (NZ): September-October 2008)
    Debut: Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Tagore Theatre: 25 January 2009.
  • Assistant Producer (Documentary) Mika Haka Kids (53 mins.)
    Director: Maramena Roderick
    Topic: Mika HAKA theatre production (New Zealand, Australia, UK 2002-2004)
    Debut: Maori Television Service (NZ), 1 October 2008.
  • (2007) Producer (Dance Film) Safe Savage (5 mins.)
    Directors: Muriel McGlone and Coralie Winn
    Topic: Bujitsu practitioner Sensei Jory Pine Akuhata (Ngati Porou)
    Debut: University of Copenhagen, 22 August 2008.

Conference Papers Given

  • ‘Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer and a Yorkshire Temple Dancer,’ TAPRA Asian Performance and Diaspora Working Group: University of East London, 2017
  • ‘Play-Fights: A Kind of Straight-Acting,’ Defiant Embodiments: Brunel University (UK), 2017
  • ‘Intercorporeal Healing: Shamanic Striptease,’ Maynooth University (Ireland), 2017
  • ‘Taera me Awenga: Sexuality & Power in Torotoro's Legacy,’ Kahaka 2016: Auckland University of Technology (NZ), 2016
  • ‘He Tanetanga i Rāwāhi: Haka Abroad,’ All That Glitters Is Not Gold: New Zealand Studies Network, Regent’s University London, 2016
  • ‘Ruptures in Reformation: Embodiment Revealed,’ Asian Performance Conference UK: University of Lincoln, 2016
  • ‘Navanatya: Using Bharatanatyam to Create New Drama,’ Practising Tradition in Performer Training, Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016
  • ‘Navanatya: Using Bharatanatyam to Create New Drama,’ Asian Performance & Diaspora One-Day Symposium, University of East London, 2016
  • ‘Lay Ritual: The Theoaesthetics of Grotowski's Lineage, ’ Exploring the Extraordinary Conference, York (UK) 2015
  • Adavu: Drilling Through Time’ Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Worcester (UK) 2015
  • ‘In Prakriti: Feminocentric Form,’Confluence and Congruence, University of Roehampton (UK), 2015
  • ‘Across the Ages: Child Players and Reconstruction of Original Practice,’ Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2015
  • ‘Steely Blows and Silken Caresses: Maori and Indian martial dance theatre’ Corp Real 2015, National University of Ireland Galway (Eire), 2015
  • ‘SaVAge Klub: An International Collective,’ Re¦Collectives, Espacio Gallery, London (UK), 2015.
  • (2014) “Voice, Personality, Energy: The Work of Nadine George,” w. Jessica Swallow. University of London (UK) 7 June 2014
  • (2014) “Artists’ Talk” & “Lady Vendredi: Peformance Presentation” w. MAS Productions. The State of Magick/The Magickal State, De Monfort University (UK) 23-24 May 2014
  • (2013) “Yorkshire SaVAge: White British Indigineity” w. Rosanna Raymond. Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Performance, Politics, Belonging - Department of Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) 24–27 October 2013
  • (2013) “Maoribethans: Who’s Co-opting Who?” New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity - The School of Advanced Study University of London (UK) 13-15 June 2013
  • (2013) “SaVAge SEAnce: An Invitation to Activate Your Ancestry.” with Rosanna Raymond et al Hostings 12: GHost-dance II - Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design (UK) 21 May 2013
  • (2013) “Cross-cultural Adoption: The Politics and Metaphysics of Being Between Worlds,” with Leigh Tredger. On Collaboration - Performing Arts Dept, Middlesex University (UK) 18 May 2013
  • (2013) “The Voice of a Thousand Waters: Pluralism in Vocal Practice. ” University of London (UK) 20 April 2013
  • (2013) “For the World(s): A Lexicon for Inter-ontological Communication.” Performance Philosophy Conference – University of Surrey (UK) 11-13 April 2013
  • (2013) “White Skin, White Masks: When Intercultural Researchers Teach Acting,” with Leigh Tredger. CPR: The Colloquium of Performance Research, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK), 17-18 January 2013
  • (2012) “Extraordinary Renditions: Evaluating Intercultural Practice-based Performance Research” with Leigh Tredger
    Contemporary Ethnography & Traditional Performance: University of Chester (UK), 13-14 July 2012
  • (2012) “Beyond Ventriloquism: Transmitting a Holistic Vocal Practice” with Jessica Swallow. Sharing Practice Symposium – Kingston University (UK): 13 June 2012
  • (2012) “X-ova: Artefacts, Embodiment, and Sensual Spaces” with Rosanna Raymond
    Seeing and Being Seen: Postcolonial Visual Culture and Performance Symposium - University of Northampton (UK): 25 May 2012
  • (2012) “Extraordinary Renditions of Hereditary Arts.” Exploring Boundaries and Crossing Borders: Theatre and Performance Research Association (C20-C21 Performer Training Working Group) Interim Event - University of London (UK): 10 May 2012
  • (2009). “Mika's Haka in Mika HAKA: Playing the Other”, New Zealand Postgraduate Students' Conference Victoria University (NZ): 21 November 2009
  • (2009). “Posing a Threat? Torotoro Maori Dance Crew (NZ) & Samudra Performing Arts (India)”Postcolonial Studies Research Network University of Otago (NZ):
  • (2008). “Gnosis in Showbiz”, Theatre and Performance Research Association University of Leeds (UK).
  • (2008). “Safe Savage: Maori & Malayali Martial Dance Theatre” Performance Studies International University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
  • (2008). “Mika's haka” Australasian Assoc. for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies University of Otago (NZ).

Grants Awarded

 

  • 2017 Intercorporeal Healing: Shamanic Striptease, Maynooth University, Ireland, £220, Regent’s University London, HASS Research Fund
  • 2016 ‘Taera me Awenga: Sexuality & Power in Torotoro's Legacy Kahaka 2016: Auckland University of Technology, NZ, £67 Regent’s University London, HASS Research Fund
  • 2016 All That Glitters Is Not Gold: New Zealand Studies Network, RUL, £80, Regent’s University London, HASS Research Fund
  • 2016 Asian Performance Conference UK: University of Lincoln, £70, HASS Research Fu    
  • 2016 NAVADISHA 2016: New dynamics in South Asian Dance, MAC, Birmingham, (UK), £140, HASS Research Fund
  • ‘Neo-Natya: Using Ancient Indian Practices to Train Today’s Actor’, £2000, Regent’s University London, HASS Research Fund
  • 2012 Senate Research Fund, Regent's University London
    Fieldwork: Forms of Grace:  Art & Science in Kalarippayattu - A Local & Global Performance Practice, July-August 2012 £890
  • Senate Research Fund, Regent's University London
    Fieldwork: Forms of Grace:  Art & Science in Kalarippayattu - A Local & Global Performance Practice, July-August 2012
  • 2012 Conference Presentation -£6000, Regent's University London, HASS research fund.
  • 2011 Research Travel Grant – NZ$4000, Asia New Zealand Foundation: Cultural Award Field Research: Kerala (India)
  • 2007-2010 Doctoral Scholarship – NZ$90,000, University of Canterbury (NZ), PhD Candidate, Department of Theatre and Film Studies
  • 2009 Research Travel Grant - NZ$1000, Centre for Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre & Film, University of Canterbury (NZ), NZ Postgraduate Conference Victoria University (NZ)
  • Research Travel Grant – NZ$1000, Centre for Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre & Film, University of Canterbury (NZ), Postcolonial Studies Research Network University of Otago
  • Research Travel Grant – NZ$2000, NZ Postgraduate Study Abroad Award Education New Zealand Trust, Field Research: Kerala (India)
  • Research Travel Grant – NZ$3000, Asia New Zealand Foundation: Cultural Award
    Field Research: Kerala (India)
  • 2008 Event Grant - NZ$6000, Asia New Zealand Foundation: Cultural Award, Martial Dance Theatre Symposium
  • Research Travel Grant – NZ$2000, NZ Postgraduate Study Abroad Award Education New Zealand Trust, Field Research: Kerala (India)
  • Research Travel Grant – NZ$3000, Asia New Zealand Foundation: Cultural Award
    Field Research: Kerala (India)

Awards:

  • 2017, Regent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2009, Victoria University Award for Outstanding Oral Presentation for “Mika's Haka in Mika HAKA: Playing the Other”. NZ Postgraduate Conference: Victoria University, Wellington 20- 21 November.
  • 2009, Nomination for Best Arts Documentary Qantas Film and Television Award (NZ) for Mika Haka Kids 16 May 2009
  • 2007, Best Performance University of Canterbury Postgraduate Showcase for Martial Dance Theatre Presentation 29 August 2007
  • 2001, Best Cabaret Act Award Melbourne Fringe Festival for Mika's Tribal Hollywood 20-24 September 2001

Last updated: 08 December 2017