Shaun Mcleod

Creating performance focused on dance, movement and embodiment

Shaun Mcleod

Shaun McLeod

Senior Lecturer in Art and Performance (Dance)

Research and Experience
Shaun McLeod is a senior lecturer in Art and Performance at Deakin University’s School of Communications and Creative Arts. He teaches is in the undergraduate dance course but also in cross-disciplinary subjects and as a post-graduate supervisor. His area of expertise is in dance practice, choreography, performance, improvisation and considerations of embodiment. His research interests include dance improvisation, site-responsive performance, participatory performance, and theorizing affect for dance practice and performance. He is focused on how movement and experiences of embodiment can be enacted, encountered and understood. He is a member of the improvisation collective About Now who have created several site-responsive performances including a durational performance at the Melbourne Treatment Plant (in ‘Treatment: Flightlines 2017’, Deakin Public Art Commission). As well as having been involved in a number of cross-disciplinary art projects, Shaun is also interested in the ways dance might be activated in any cross-disciplinary context. He is currently leading a research and performance project that examines the experiences of Indian artists in Australian community contexts called Dancing Between Two Worlds. This has produced a site-specific performance for Indian artists living in Wyndham (November 2019) with journal articles and plans for future performance activities.


PDance, choreography, improvisation, performance, site-specific performance, cross-disciplinary