Jordan Beth Vincent

Research Fellow Deakin Motion.Lab
Dr Jordan Beth Vincent is a Melbourne-based dance historian and dance critic for Fairfax Media, and a researcher in the areas of live performance and new technology. Jordan is a Research Fellow in Deakin’s School of Communication and Creative Arts, based in the Deakin Motion.Lab, and she previously lectured in dance history at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is an experienced production manager with proven experience in delivering commercial research projects including the development of multiple VFX-technology driven pipelines, motion capture projects, virtual reality and augmented reality design, virtual productions, app design and development, interactive performances and pre-visualisation for film and television.
Jordan’s current research areas include dramaturgy in digital performance and the impact of new technologies on the arts and cultural industries, and she is currently working on research projects that explore documentation for live performance, app concept and design, spatial user interface, new modes of publishing and measuring cultural impact.
She is the chair of Deakin University’s AllPlay Dance Advisory Committee and a member of Deakin’s Arts and Cultural Impact Research Alliance (ACIRA).



An errand into two minds

In 1947 American modern dance pioneer Martha Graham commissioned a score from Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti for a new work. The resulting collaboration, Errand into the Maze. Only a few years after premiere, another version of the piece premiered in Sydney, Australia, choreographed by Gertrud Bodenwieser to the same score.

The two Cups of 1962: the dancing horses of The Australian Ballet and the National Theatre

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere season of The Australian Ballet's Melbourne Cup, choreographed by Rex Reid. Melbourne Cup was a popular hit of 1962 and the ballet drew on the country’s most famous social sporting event for its story and setting. Jordan Vincent has investigated the surprising facts connecting Reid’s work with a second ballet on the same subject by Melbourne's National Theatre, titled Cup Fever: a fantasy on The Cup.