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Dr Alessandra Lopez y Royo

BA (Hons), PGCE, PhD


Alessandra Lopez y Royo
School of Arts

Research Associate

Centre for Media Studies

Research Associate

Dr Alessandra Lopez y Royo
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Alessandra is a SOAS graduate. She was Reader in Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton from 2007 to 2013. She has a PhD from SOAS in Art and Archaeology, with a thesis on dance iconography, temple art and Indian influence in ancient Southeast Asia, following which sheworked on an embodied reconstruction of dance movements from sculptural representation with a number of Indian and Indonesian choreographers. This initial interest in archaeological approaches to dance performance (archaeochoreology) led her to explore dance and performance heritage and its construction, mediatization and representation, as also dance and performance documentation, the interface of visual arts and dance making and photography of performance, especially dance.

She participated in and co-led the research projects of the erstwhile AHRC Research Centre for Music and Dance Performance (Roehampton, SOAS and University of Surrey) from 2002 to 2007, with several outcomes, including two films on Indonesian performance practices which sheconceived and directed.

In 2009 she curated a photographic exhibition, accompanied by a colloquium, at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, Asian Dance Theatre: performance through the lens. Alessandra has  an interest in cross-cultural healing dance and movement practices, therapeutic dance broadly defined and somatic practices and, more recently, she has been exploring dance and psychoanalysis, in particular, psychoanalysis of Lacanian orientation as also the work of French/Bulgarian literary critic and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva . She is currently moving into a a newer research direction, exploring body image in fashion and advertising, globally.

Alessandra maintains a research relationship with SOAS, having been Research Associate of the Centre for Media and Film Studies since 2004 and  was involved in the screening of Indonesian films at SOAS through Indofilm, a project by Wadah, the Indonesian Community Association of the UK, dedicated to the promotion of Indonesian cinema in the UK with the support of the Indonesian Embassy.





Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2004) 'Choreographing heritage, performing the site.' Archaeology/Performance. Papers from TAG 2002 conference .

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2004) 'Dance in the British South Asian diaspora: redefining classicism.' Postcolonial Text [online], vol 1 (n.1). pp. 1-14.

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2003) 'Classicism, post-classicism and Ranjabati Sircar’s work: re-defining the terms of Indian contemporary dance discourses.' South Asia Research, 23 (2). pp. 153-169.

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2003) 'Dance in ninth century Java. A methodology for the analysis and reconstitution of the dance.' Near Eastern Archaeology, vol 66 (3). pp. 137-139.

Conference or Workshop Items

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra (2013) Over 50 and doing what? Reflections on being a mature model. In: Research Summer School, 23-24 July 2013, Cheltenham. (Unpublished)

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