Dr. Fenella Kennedy – Fen – is a dance-geek from London, now working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Theatre and Dance at the Univeristy of Alabama. Somewhere between movement and language, the performed and the social, you will find them attempting to collect, dance, and document art and meaning.
Fen began their career as a performer, touring England and Europe while lecturing at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in dance history and analysis, where they restaged several works by Martha Graham. Fen moved to the US in 2014 to complete their PhD in Dance Studies at the Ohio State University on the interaction of dance and language over the 20th and 21st century. Their writing has been published in Dance Chronicle, and they have spoken at conferences on dance and language, dance blogging, queer dance history, disability pedagogy, and blues dance.
Fen is also a dancer and performer, who loves to make large-scale, immersive and improvisatory landscapes. Their work has been commissioned for MINT Galley’s Queer Performance Series, for the Ohio State University School Touring Company, C for Courtside Gallery in Knoxville, Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, and the Attic Performance Series in Helsikni, Finland. Fen teaches and organizes social partner dances all over the United States, and is always happy to be asked to dance.
Photo credits: Emilia Stuart