Miss Lisa Moravec

Supervised by

Personal profile


I am a PhD researcher at Royal Holloway and a critic. My research explores intersections of aesthetic, biopolitical, and ethical issues. It develops the intra-species artistic performance theory of (self-)dressage and examines case studies that operate across performance, art, and new media mainly after 1968. The analysis of Rose English’s interdisciplinary work is the core of the thesis which investigates different nuances of "performance" that came into being through bodily performance techniques of flesh-and-blood, through embodied and projected movements of dancing humans and horses, and their material leftovers (such as photographic documentation and sculpture-like objects, including costumes).


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; Theatre & Ideas I (convenor Dr. Emma Cox), spring term 2018; Theatre & Ideas, Ideas of Acting (convenor Dr. Sophie Nield), spring term 2019.

I have been a visiting tutor at Kingston School of Art in London since winter term 2017: supervision and marking of BA dissertations of students on the photography, film, and illustration animation course.

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, the RHUL-based postgraduate 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. We are currently working on a publication of some of the given papers and the keynote.

Other work

Writing on art and art criticism

My texts have appeared in English and German, in publications such as Contemporary Theatre Review [forthcoming], Photography&Culture, on Studio International, in Aesthetica (UK), Die Springerin (AT), EIKON (AT), on Widewalls (CH), on Russian Art & Culture UK, on Art UK, and in artists’ publications.

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


Conference papers/public talks

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, ASTR, conference participation, San Diego, November 2018.

Horses (still) in Motion, Minding Animals Germany, Vienna, September 2018.

Queering the Anthropocentric Use of the Costume on Stage, University of Surrey, Guildford, September 2018.

In-between Dressage and Dance: The Leftovers of Embodied Horse-Human Relationships, 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.


Educational background

Before commencing my PhD, I completed the Bavarian Elite Network 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.

ID: 28686606