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Dr Solomon Lennox

Lecturer in Performing Arts

Department: Arts

Solomon Lennox, Lecturer in Performing Arts, specialisms: Performance Ethnography, Performance Studies, Contemporary Performance.

Solomon Lennox joined Northumbria University in September 2014 as Lecturer in Performing Arts. He completed his BA studies in Drama at the University of East Anglia, his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter, and his PhD in Drama Research at the University of Exeter. After completing the PhD in 2012, Solomon took post as Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of East London on a one year temporary contract.

Solomon’s research sits within the field of performance studies, particularly performance ethnography, and explores the relationship between physical performance practices (such as training and competing in combat sports) and narrative identity.

As a freelance contemporary practitioner, Solomon works with butoh, psychophysical acing approaches, and martial arts-based movement. Solomon has recently worked with Burn the Curtain, a site-specific theatre company that creates immersive performance events.

Solomon is the Treasurer of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD).

His research has been supported by the HEA, and he has published in the journals, Theatre Dance and Performance Training, and Sport in Society. Solomon has also produced a chapter for the edited collection, Performance and the Medical Body.

 

Solomon Lennox considers proposals from prospective practice-based and written PhD students on the following topics:

  • Performance ethnography
  • Creative Analytical Practices (CAP)
  • Contemporary performance
  • Postmodern performance
  • Performance and narrative inquiry
  • Performance and sport
  • Performance Studies
  • Performance and diabetes

Campus Address

109 Squires Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

0191 227 4527

Qualifications

PhD Drama Research

MFA Theatre Practice

BA (Hons) Drama

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Solomon’s research adopts a performance ethnography approach to examine the relationship between physical and narrative performance practices. Recent projects have explored: (1) how site informs and affects physical and narrative performance practices for Muay Thai athletes in Thailand; (2) the performance of embodied expertise amongst the diabetic online community (DOC); (3) the performance of narrative identity amongst professional and amateur boxers.

Solomon’s current work focuses on connections between site-specific performance theories, the autopoietic feedback loop (Fischer-Lichte, 2008), and performance ethnography.  

Professional Activity

Solomon Lennox has worked as a performer with Burn the Curtain theatre company. Details of the project featured on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4 Eddie Mar show.

Solomon’s research has supported work on the forthcoming Youth Music Theatre production Fight Like a Girl.  

Postgraduate Supervision

Solomon Lennox considers proposals from prospective practice-based and written PhD students on the following topics:

  • Performance ethnography
  • Creative Analytical Practices (CAP)
  • Contemporary performance
  • Postmodern performance
  • Performance and narrative inquiry
  • Performance and sport
  • Performance Studies
  • Performance and diabetes

I have examined practice-based PhDs on intercultural performer training. 

Key Publications

Lennox, P. S., and Pettit, F. Y. (2016) ‘The DOC: The narrative performance of expertise’ in Mermikides, A., and Bouchard, G. (eds.) Performance and the Medical Body, London: Bloomsbury Metheun Drama

Lennox, P. S., and Rodenthenous, G. (2015) ‘The Boxer-Trainer, Actor-Director Relationship: A exploration of creative freedom’, Sport in Society, 19(2), pp. 147-158.

Lennox, P. S. (2012) ‘The training of boxer-entertainers in Brendan Ingle’s gym’, Theatre Dance and Performance Training, 3(2), pp.208-215.


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