Linda Ashley started working at Auckland University of Technology in 2005. Her personal research interests include choreography as theoretical practice and cultural diversity in dance. Since 2003 the generic notion of cultural diversity has also included auto-ethnographic research on the ageing dancer.
Dance artists and educators from the Asia-Pacific region, America, and Europe discuss how emerging digital technologies affect the role of dance in higher education. Topics include: the creation of long-distance choreographic exchanges, digital curation projects with artists exploring relationships between mediatised performance and site-responsive work, and the impact of distance learning on re-imagining the locations and characteristics of dance audiences. Discussion revolves around possibilities for the digital world’s affect on how, and what we teach; its capacity to transform the message, medium, and reception of dance; and its contribution to the development of higher education programs and artistic futures.