Miss Lisa Moravec

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I am a PhD researcher at Royal Holloway and a critic. I am currently completing my research project, which is a philosophically-informed political intervention that applies an interdisciplinary art historical/performance studies approach to develop a theory of dressage. I evaluate intersections and tensions between the ethics, politics, and aesthetic experiences of human/animal interactions in European and American case studies operating across performance, visual art, and new media mainly after 1968. Rose English’s interdisciplinary body of work forms the core of the thesis to investigate different nuances of 'performance' that came into being through real animals and dancing humans. I examine their material leftovers, such as photographic documentation and sculpture-like objects, including costumes. Although these particular companion animals have increasingly become present in contemporary artistic practices, they continue to disappear from everyday working lives. What is left of them is, I argue, an immaterial culturally-embedded leftover, an idea and feeling of animality which is dialectically anchored to the socio-economic condition of dressage that human actors share with performing animals. 


I tutor in the Drama, Theatre, and Dance department at Royal Holloway, University of London: Theatre & Culture I (convenor Dr. Bryce Lease), winter term 2017/2020; Theatre & Ideas I (convenor Dr. Emma Cox), spring term 2018/winter 2019; Theatre & Ideas: Ideas of Acting (convenor Dr. Sophie Nield), spring term seminar 2019, Aesthetic Philosophy (convenor Dr. Will Shuler), spring term seminar 2020/2021.

I have been a visiting lecturer at Kingston School of Art in London since winter term 2017: supervision and marking of BA essays and dissertations of students across the photography, film, and illustration animation courses and run writing rooms.

Writing Workshop on Dance, Tanzquartier, Vienna, June 2018.

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Other work


I am involved in Theatre Journal, such as in designing the cover. I became the co-editor of Platform, a RHUL-based postgraduate and early-career journal, after being the book reviews editor and starting the performance review section. In November 2018, we, the editors, (Clio Unger and Josephine Leask) organised the interdisciplinary symposium 'On Criticism' in close collaboration with Royal Central School of Drama and Speech, resulting in the Platform issue 'On Criticism'. I am currently working towards a special issue of Photography & Culture, entitled 'Humanism without Humans?' (spring 2021) and a Platform issue 'Balancing Acts' (spring 2021).

Leask, Josephine, Moravec, Lisa, Unger, Clio (2019), Editorial of Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 13 (1), 'On Criticism', pp. 6-13.

Moravec, Lisa, Peetz, Julia (2018), Editorial of Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 12 (2), 'On Magic', pp. 5-9.

Other work

Art Criticism_Writing on Art and performance

My texts have appeared in English and German, in publications such as Contemporary Theatre Review, Tierstudien, Photography & Culture, on Studio International, exeunt magazine, The Theatre Times, Widewalls, Russian Art & Culture UK, on Art UK, and PW-Magazine; in Aesthetica, springerin, EIKON, Die Presse, and in artists’ publications.

 My personal platform-archive is assessable here https://watchfineartslondon.wordpress.com/


Conference papers/public talks

‘Touching (Virtual) Reality: Performing Together/Apart’ with Sarah Blisset, online talk, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), November 2021.

‘The Nature of Dressage’, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), annual conference participation, November 2020.

'The Dancing Horses: Choreographing Dressage', London Theatre Seminar, November 2019.

'Writing in Between the Histories of Performance and Art: Anne Imhof's Sex and Peter Stamer's/Frank Willens's In the Penal Colony, annual conference of the Austrian Association of Art Historians, theme ‘Liminality’, Vienna, October 2019.

IFK summer school: Happy Endings?, Stream: Vor den letzten Dingen: Geschichtsphilosophische Entwürfe, Utopien und Untergangsvisionen (Karin Harrasser), August, Linz, August 2019.

'The Performance of Dressage in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Paris: The Romantic Revolution of the Manège', IFTR, Shanghai, July 2019.

'Performance Histories: The Institutionalisation of Dressaged Animality', presentation at research day, RHUL, London, 13 March 2019.

'Animals in/and/for Art', talk with Thomas Sojer as part of the lecture series of the MA course Human-Animal Interactions, VetMed, Vienna, December 2018.

'Zoo Time: A Comparison between Dressaged and Wild Equines at Spectacular Manèges in Diana Thater's work', ASTR, conference participation, San Diego, November 2018.

'The Allegory of Dressage in Performance, its Documentation and Leftovers', Minding Animals Germany, Vienna, September 2018.

'Queering the Anthropocentric Use of the Costume on the Theatre Stage in Rose English's work', University of Surrey, Guildford, September 2018.

In-between Dressage and Dance: The Leftovers of Embodied Horse-Human Relationships in Mike Kelley's work', Leeds Beckett University, June 2018.

'Dressing like Dancing ‘Dress-age’ Horses', Minding Animals International, Mexico City, January 2018.

'Tiere in der zeitgenössischen Kunst', seminar-talk, photography class, University of Applied Arts Vienna, December 2017.

'Horses in Mark Wallinger’s conceptual work and painting', National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, UK, September 2016.



Society for Theatre Research: International Glynne Wickham Scholarship, November 2018.

Royal Holloway, University of London: Una Ellis-Fermor Travel Award, March 2019.

PhD, fully-funded college scholarship, Sept 2017-Jan 2021.

Educational background

Before commencing my PhD, I completed the Bavarian MA programme Aisthesis as well as the MA in History of Art at University College London. I also studied journalism, economic theory, and art history at Kingston University and at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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