Jonathan Osborn is a Toronto-based artist, educator, and scholar whose research interests include nonhuman bodies, choreographic transmission and translation, practice as research, and representations of animate life within film, animation, and video games. Jonathan holds a PhD in Dance Studies from York University and is a graduate of School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s professional training program. Jonathan’s academic work has been published in journals and collected editions including Animals in Narrative Film and Television (2022), Zoo Studies: A New Humanities (2019), Narrative in Performance (2018) and he recently co-edited with Dr Bridget Cauthery an issue of the journal PUBLIC entitled “Return to the Body. Jonathan’s choreographic work focuses on the solo form and has received support from municipal, provincial, national and international funding bodies including the TAC, OAC, CCA, and DAAD. His most recent works have been based on human and nonhuman bodies staged within different cultural forums including zoos, gardens, museums, and cinematic archives. Jonathan is currently working on developing his SSHRC-funded dissertation Between Species: Choreographing Human and Nonhuman Bodies into a book manuscript while creating two new choreographic works based respectively on the movement of bodies in historical and contemporary works of digital and analog animation and the vivid descriptions of alien bodies found in works of fiction from Toronto’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy;.
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