Dr Eva Aymamí Reñé

Lecturer in Dance

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Music and Performing Arts

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Performing arts and dance

Courses taught: Performing Arts

Eva is an academic, professional dancer and choreographer, with a research background in dance and political identities.

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Eva joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2015 after teaching at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Eva was awarded a PhD in Dance Studies by the School of Arts of the University of Surrey, UK, in 2015. Her thesis, Choreographing the Silence, Women Dancing Democracy in Post-Franco Spain, examines the construction of feminine identity of women choreographers during the transition to democracy. Before that, Eva studied her Masters at University of California in Los Angeles, supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. 

As both a dancer and a dance scholar Eva is actively engaged in practice and research; she has performed internationally at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona; Pina Mit Pina, Essen; Joyce Soho, New York; and Red Cat, Los Angeles. She has specialist knowledge in contemporary performances, choreography and critical theory.

Research interests

  • Dance and political identities
  • Performances of power and resistance
  • Critical history of dance


  • PhD, Dance Studies, University of Surrey, UK
  • MA Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Higher Degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, Conservatory of Dance, Spain
  • BA Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Performance Philosophy
  • Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)
  • Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)
  • European Protest Movements, EU – Affiliate Researcher

Selected recent publications

Aymamí Reñé, E., forthcoming Spring 2016. Dance as protest. In: Fahlenbrach, K., Klimke, M. and Scharloth, J. (Eds.). Protest Cultures: A Companion. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Recent presentations and conferences

Aymamí Reñé, E., 2014. Dancing: empowering and gendering in contemporary Spain. IFTR/FIRT, Theatre & Stratification, University of Warwick, UK.

Aymamí Reñé, E., 2013. Dancing for democracy in Spain. Society of Dance History Scholars, Dance ACTions- Traditions and Transformations, Trondheim, Norway.

Aymamí Reñé, E., 2011. Kiss my cactus, gender and politics in Spain. CORD, Moving Music/Sounding Dance: Intersections, Disconnections, and Alignments between Dance and Music, Philadelphia, USA.

Aymamí Reñé, E., 2008. Spanish Culture Against the Tide. The evolution of modern dance in Spain. European Protest Movements since 1945: Confronting Cold War Conformity: Peace and Protest Cultures in Europe, 1945-1989, Prague, Czech Republic.

Selected performances

2007-2011, Oni Dance, artistic director Maria Gillespie, Los Angeles, USA

  • Exquisite Corps, Counterpoulse, San Francisco, June 2010
  • Wasteland (arrival), Bay Woman’s Club, Los Angeles, January 2009
  • La Hora de Salir, New York Joyce Soho, January 2008

2008, Jia Jia Wu Dance Company, artistic director Jia Ju, Los Angeles, USA

  • Into the Other Shore, Essen, Germany

2007, Victoria Marks Dance Company, artistic director Victoria Marks, Los Angeles, USA

  • Action Conversations, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica