Love: A Research Practice


  • Megan Nicely University of San Francisco


Zaccho Dance Theatre's aerial, site-specific dance work Love: A State of Grace, presented at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral in February 2022, provides an opportunity for audiences to contemplate and open to love as a research practice of connection, risk, and care.

Author Biography

Megan Nicely, University of San Francisco

Megan V. Nicely is an artist/scholar whose teaching and research integrate theory and practice. Her scholarship brings together experimental choreography, critical dance and performance studies theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and physical practices, including modern/contemporary dance, Japanese butoh, yoga, and other somatic approaches. Her group Megan Nicely/Dance has performed on both US coasts, in the UK, and in Europe, and her writing has appeared in TDR: The Drama ReviewPerformance ResearchPAJChoreographic PracticesInDance, and others. She served as managing editor of TDR from 2007-2009 and is currently co-editor of the journal’s Critical Acts section. She received her MFA in dance from Mills College and her PhD in performance studies from New York University. She is associate professor and chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.