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I am an interdisciplinary researcher and artist working across the fields of anthropology, phenomenology, performing arts, dance and cognition in skilled performance. 

My research adopts phenomenological and cognitive ecological frameworks to investigate enactments of presence across different dance forms and cultural contexts. 

I have been awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, Sydney (2020); I graduated M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna, Italy (2012), and B.A. in Visual Arts at the University Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (2009), after I trained professionally in ballet and contemporary dance across Europe for several years, working and studying with international choreographers such as William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj, Carolyn Carlson; among many others.

Alongside my academic research, my artistic practice interrogates the interconnections of movement, emotion and environment and how their dynamical relationships shape embodied narratives and sense making. I am developing INFINITO, a longitudinal short dance film series that explores the relationship to illness and its transformational aspects from a phenomenological and auto-ethnographic perspective. The short film ABISSO (2018) received several acknowledgements including the 2019 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and won the 2018 Visual and Creative Ethnography Competition organised by the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) and Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA). ABISSO has been selected for international film festivals including Dance Cinema, [C]Screen-Spring Dancefilm Festival 2020, Moving Images International videodance festival 2020, IntimateLens 2019, among others.

Research interests

Phenomenology of the body

Dance and Performance

Illness experience

Ethnographic and Auto-ethnographic Methods

Cognitive Ecology



Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, PhD, Macquarie University

Nov 2013Nov 2019

Award Date: 16. Apr 2020

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Master of Arts, University of Bologna

Oct 2010Nov 2012

Award Date: 20. Nov 2012

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Sep 2008Oct 2009

Award Date: 2. Nov 2009

Research areas

  • Anthropological Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Participant Observation
  • Social Constructivism
  • Cultural Forms of Expression
  • Dance
  • Movement Practices
  • Phenomenology
  • Phenomenology of the Body
  • Phenomenology of Illness
  • Philosophy and Cognition
  • Cognitive Ethnography
  • Cognitive Ecology
  • Performance
  • Performing Arts


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