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Keren Chiaroni is Senior Lecturer in French at Victoria University of Wellington and author of the books The Last of the Human Freedoms (2011 – a NZ Listener top 10 book of the year) and Resistance Heroism and the End of Empire: The Life and Times of Madeleine Riffaud (2017). The latter has been a source of inspiration for thinking about resistance in OrphEus: A dance-opera, and its chapter on poetry addresses the role of verse in calming the mind of resistance prisoners while awaiting interrogation.

Dr Chiaroni has been Editor for the Pacific in the World Scenography Project (Volumes 1 & 2, 1975-2005, winner of the Golden Pen Award), and has written a number of articles about dance and philosophy, including:

  • ‘Katherine Mansfield and the dance of life’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 2016, 3(1), 11-28.
  • ‘Choreo-graph and sceno-graph: the performative drawings of dancer and choreographer Douglas Wright’, Theatre and Performance Design, 2017, 2(1), 28-49.
  • ‘Fluid Philosophy: rethinking the human condition in terms of the sea’, Performance Research, 2016, 21(2), ‘On Sea/At Sea’, 108-116.

Current projects include work on an exhibition on responses to women surrealist artists (in collaboration with former students), and a performance work on Katherine Mansfield’s encounter with dance at Fontainebleau.