Dr Hannah McClure

Research Interests

Ritual, Religion, Sufism, Shamanism, Somatic Awareness, Ways of Knowing (practice-research, embodiment, trance), Processes of Transformation, Sustainability


DAN1008 Movement Analysis: Experiential Anatomy and Somatic Awareness
DAN2033 Movement Analysis IV: Deepening Somatics and Theories of Embodiment
DAN2032 Dramaturgy: Devising for Dance, Theatre and Performance

DAN1012/DAN2029 Contemporary Dance Practices - Somatic Education Component
DAN3026/THE2026 Research Methodologies - Ethnography and Practice-Research contributions

Departmental Duties

Senior Professional Placement Tutor


The Centre for Performance Philosophy

The Labanarium

The International Federation for Theatre Research

The UK Polarity Therapy Association

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

Selected Productions

McClure, Hannah (Producer/Artistic Director) (2012-14) The Prisms Project. National Tour, UK. An hour long immersive dance work exploring trance,dance and feminine spiritualities. 

McClure, Hannah (Producer/Choreographer) (2010-11) Circles of Light. Stratford Circus, London and Cambridge, UK. An evening length immersive work of dance-theatre exploring spiritual initiation. 

McClure, Hannah (Producer/Choreographer) (2007) Tres Marias. Durham, NC, USA. An evening length dance work based on the novels of Isabelle Allende.

McClure, Hannah (Producer/Choreographer) (2006) Body Stories. Durham, NC, USA. An evening length work of dance-theatre exploring women's issues.

McClure, Hannah (Producer/Choreographer) (2003) A Celebration of the Elements. State Tour, NC, USA. An adaptable site specific piece. 

Selected International Conference Presentations

April 2017, conference performance, The Body as a Site of Ritual Transformation, Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus Research Cluster, Liverpool, UK. 

Sep 2016, conference  paper, Circles in the Sand: the semazen-artist as crucible, Lines in Sand: Bordders, Conflicts and Transitions, The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, Glasgow, UK. 

June 2015, conference paper, The Whirling Sema Ritual and Performance Practitioners: issues of authenticity, change, and East-West exchange, Athens is Dancing, The Congress on Research in Dance, The Hellenic Cosmos, Athens, Greece. 

July 2013, conference paper, The Whirling Dervishes of West London: hybridity and agency in practice and transmission, Re-routing Performance, The International Federation for Theatre Research, Institut de Teatro, Barcelona, Spain. 

April 2012, conference paper, Opening the Senses Through Performance: media, presence, practice, Time Tells: Temporal Excavations in Film, Theatre, and Television, JAM Journeys Across Media, Reading, U.K.   

Sep 2010, conference paper, The Mevlevi Dervish as Bridge, Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice, The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, Oxford, UK. 

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 6237

Find me on campus
Room: 02 NC 01


McClure, Hannah and Njaradi, Dunja (Eds) (2017) Sufism and Arts Practice: Global Journeys of Sufi Whirling [Special Issue], Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, 3(3), [status: forthcoming]

McClure, Hannah (2017) 'Transmodernity and the Heart: the unique position of the semazen-artist' in Sufism and Arts Practice: Global Journeys of Sufi Whirling [Special Issue], Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, 3(3), [status: forthcoming]

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