Amalia studied Dance with Theatre at De Montfort University and trained at Laban where she completed an MA in European Dance Theatre Practices. 

Originally from Spain, she worked as a freelance performer, community artist and as a dancer with Retina, Willi Dorner Cie and ersatz dance. 

She was a teacher Fellow in Dance at De Montfort University and became a full-time Lecturer in Dance and Performance at the University of Bedfordshire in 2009.

She now runs the Performing Arts programme and facilitates students across the

BA (Hons) Dance & Professional Practice, Performing Arts and MA in Dance Performance and Choreography programmes at the University of Bedfordshire as well as leading movement workshops; nationally and internationally. 

 

Bio:

Community/ Collaborative Projects  

 

Hear and Now: Suits and Ballons 2019 is the result of a creative journey working as a guest artist with the Hear and Now award-wining, intergenerational community creative project developed over the past ten years by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestras Live in Bedford. The project takes place in the multicultural Queens Park area, with the Tis Dementia Foundation's Music 4 Memory (a singing group for people living with dementia and their carers) and Fusion Youth Singing (a teenage vocal/instrumental ensemble) as the core local partners.

 

Mind ME 2018 is a collaborative project working with Mind (Mental Health Charity)- weekly performance workshops for participants unemployed 19 years + The project aims to support with confidence and self-esteem and to promote emotional and physical wellbeing. 

 

Professional Practice  

 

Garcia, A. with Carr, J. & Sharp, B. (2017) The Possibilities of Different Geographies: A Performative Installation. Collaborative practice-led research project with The Dorothy Sharp Project. Performed as part of A study on durationality, identity and performance conference at the University of Roehampton (Performer) 

Garcia,  A  (2016) Festival Deltebre Dansa, Tarragona, Spain, July. (Dancer/Performer) 

Garcia, A (2014) Dance Summer Intensive, Ciclo International de Danca Contemporanea (International Festival of Contemporary Dance) Torres Vedras – Lisbon, Portugal. August. 

(Dancer/Performer) 

Garcia, A (2014) Festival Deltebre Dansa, Tarragona, Spain, July. (Dancer/Performer) 

 

Garcia, A (2013) Festival Deltebre Dansa, Tarragona, Spain, July. (Dancer/Performer) 

 

Garcia, A (2012) Festival International de Cultures Emergentes 12 août, Le Centre Summer workshops: Movement and Performance of the 21 Century, Pontlevoy, Loire Valley, France August. (Dancer/Performer/ Workshop facilitator) 

 

Garcia, A. with Luthrie, A. (2007) Mad Sad & Bad.  Dancer/Performer in feature film. 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. & Maj, Z. (2006) A Part/In Parts.  International collaborative  practice-led research project with New Media Artist Ziemovitz Maj and Ersatz Dance. Focus: the use of interactive tracking systems in site-specific performance.  Outputs: Performance Installation, edited video documentary of installation. Research Funded by Arts Council England. (Performer) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. & Davies, R. (2005-2006) 2:Moving.  Choreographic practice-led research project. Focus:  the integration of digital animation, video and live performance. Collaborative research with Rachel Davies, University of Kingston and professional dance company Ersatz Dance.  Outputs:  Dance performance events, national touring and edited video documentary of the piece.  Funded by Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts Award. (Performer) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2002-2004) 24 Acts of Arson.  Choreographic practice-led research project. Focus: the interaction between digital animation and live performers.  Collaboration with professional dance company Ersatz Dance. Outcomes: Live dance performance event, national touring, edited video documentary, refereed conference paper.  Research funded by AHRC, Dance East (National Dance Agency), Arts Council of England. (Performer)   

 

Garcia, A. with Van Huffel, P. (2002) Gradient. Performed dance-theatre work for Retina Dance Company. Premiered at Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London, UK. (Performer) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2001) Save the Last Dance. Performed dance-theatre work for Ersatz Dance, duration 70-minutes.  Commissioned Video Artist, Richard Coldman; Writer, Phil Stanier and Composer  Dominic Murcott. Funded by Arts Council of England RALP award, Eastern Touring Agency and Bedford Borough Council.  Re-opening Spring Loaded season at Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London, UK.  (Performer) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H.& Dorner, W. (2001)  A Moment of Collision.  Collaborative choreographic practice-led research project. Arts Sans Frontieres international choreographers exchange project.  Focus:  composition methods and discursive practices in choreography. Outputs: Dance performance events, national touring.  Research funded by the Arts Council of England.  (Performer) 

 

Practice-led Research 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2009-2010) Here and There. Choreographic practice-led research outcome from the e-Dance project. Live networked performance, quartet performed by Marina Collard, Amalia Garcia, River Carmalt and James Hewison. (Research Assistant) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2008) Dislocate/Relocate: Composite Bodies. Choreographic practice-led research outcome from the e-Dance project. Live networked performance, quartet performed by Catherine Bennett, Amalia Garcia, River Carmalt and James Hewison, 10-minutes in length. Research funded by AHRC, EPSRC, JISC. (Research Assistant) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2008) Situate/Resituate. Choreographic practice-led research outcome from the e-Dance project. Live networked performance, duet performed by Amalia Garcia and River Carmalt, 12-minutes in length. Research funded by AHRC, EPSRC, JISC. (Research Assistant) 

 

Garcia, a. with Bailey, H. (2007) Morphologies. Choreographic practice-led research outcome from the Stereobodies project.  Live dance work integrating a live string quartet, projected stereoscopic digital animation and interactive motion-tracking software. Research funded by CARD. (Research Assistant) 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. & Turner, M. (2006)  Stereobodies.  Choreographic practice-led research project. Focus: the use of stereoscopic video the Access Grid. Outputs: Performance events and conference presentations Research funded by JISC VRE CSAGE project, University of Manchester. (Research Assistant) 

 

Refereed Conference Papers 

 

Garcia, A with Ashley, T and Lok, A (2013) “Invited and Included? Contact Improvisation in the University” CFD, Contact Festival Dartington, Falmouth University, UK, April 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H., Turner, M. (2006)  “Stereobodies: Improvisation and Choreography within the Access Grid” Performativity/Space/Place: Locating Grid Technologies Symposium AHRC e-Science Workshop Scheme, University of Bristol, UK, October. 

 

Brannen, R., Garcia, A., Hay, M., Smith, S., Thompson, P. (2006) “Learning from the experience of new staff in Higher Education” The Higher Education Academy Annual Conference. Enhancing the Student Learning Experience. East Midlands Conference Centre, Notingham. 

 

Garcia, A. with Bailey, H. (2003) “24 Acts of Arson: Writing 'in' or '(ab)out' dance theatre practice” PARIP (Practice as Research in Performance) International Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK. 

 

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