Jonathan is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history who teaches theatre and performance at the University of Otago, Dunedin. He has published on Australian dance, Steiner and Australian art, Heinrich von Kleist and medical history, dance and landscape photography, butoh, and other topics. See<http://www.otago.ac.nz/theatrestudies/staff/otago016263.html> <http://otago.academia.edu/JonathanWMarshall>
Jonathan Marshall elaborates on Shona's own research into indigenous and ‘tribal’ dance in the Philippines, drawing links between the early history of modernist dance in Europe and the German language states, and later developments in the Asia-Pacific, New Zealand, and Australia. Particular attention is paid to the often neglected issue of religion and spirituality, with MacTavish’s project being identified as a specifically Christian ecumenical approach.
Jonathan Marshall has edited this account by Shona Dunlop MacTavish of her experiences in the Phillippines in 1971, when she received a grant to research the dance of 12 tribal groups thoughout the country.