Aoife McGrath

Dr Aoife McGrath is a choreographer, dance practitioner–scholar, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast.

Aoife trained in dance performance at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich, working professionally as a dancer in Germany and Ireland before returning to Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a BA (Hons) and PhD. She has also served as Dance Adviser for the Irish Arts Council.

She leads the interdisciplinary Dance and the Maternal project at QUB, collaborating with artists, social scientists, psychologists, midwives and mothers to communicate maternal experience through dance performance. She is also working on a mixed-methods project on Dance and Borders with industry partners and sociologists Victoria Durrer (UCD) and Peter Campbell (University of Liverpool). S

he has published widely on dance in Ireland, and book publications include her monograph Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves and a co-edited collection (with Emma Meehan, CDaRe, Coventry), Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Processes and Practices. Current collaborative projects are funded by EU Horizon 2020, HEA North South Fund, the Irish Government’s Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme, and AHRC/Future Screens NI. Aoife is Co-president of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and a Board Member of Dublin Dance Festival.

In July 2020, Aoife facilitated and documented a series of Think Tank's, important conversations about dance, co-hosted by Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival- read the summaries HERE.