Dr Jennifer Nevile

Honorary Senior Lecturer
BA Hons. Syd, PhD UNSW
School of the Arts and Media


+61 2 9385 6806
Room G19D, Robert Webster


Dr Nevile's research interests centre on Italian, English and French dance and music from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries. As well as choreographic analysis of individual works and genres, her research focuses on the investigation of the social and cultural context of the dance practices and their relationship to other comtemporary artistic practices and intellectual movements.  For example, her monograph, The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy (2004) explores dance as a physical expression of Renaissance humanism. The inter-relationships between the different artistic practices also comes to the fore in the collection of essays on dance, music and theatre from 1250 to 1750, which she edited in 2008 (Dance, Spectacle and the Body Politick, 1250-1750). Other questions investigated in over two dozen journal articles and book chapters include written modes of dance transmission, the connection between dance and identity, performance practice issues, choreographic meaning, the relationship between Italian quattrocento dance and music, and the design principles of early modern choreographies and European grand gardens.



    • Nevile J, (ed.), 2008, Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis
    • Nevile J, 2004, The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy, 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

    Book Chapters

    • Nevile J, 2013, 'Dance', in King M (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies. Renaissance and Reformation, Oxford University Press, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780195399301-0075
    • Nevile J, 2011, 'Dance and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Europe', in Buckley A; Cyrus CJ (ed.), Music, Dance, and Society. Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, pp. 231 - 248
    • Nevile J, 2009, 'A Measure of Moral Virtue: Women, Dancing and Public Performance in Fifteenth-Century Italy', in Epp M; Power BE (ed.), The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music. Essays in Honour of Timothy J. McGee, Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 197 - 209
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Order, Proportion, and Geometric Forms: The Cosmic Structure of Dance, Grand Gardens, and Architecture during the Renaissance', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 295 - 311
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance Performances in the Middle Ages: A Contested Space', in Gertsman E (ed.), Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 295 - 310
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'The Relationship between Dance and Music in Fifteenth-Century Italian Dance Practice', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 155 - 165
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance in Europe 1250 - 1750', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 7 - 64
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance and Society in Quattrocento Italy', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 80 - 92
    • Nevile J, 2007, 'Dance and Time in Fifteenth- Century Italy', in Lloyd Jones J (ed.), Art and Time, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 299 - 313
    • Nevile J, 2007, 'The early dance manuals and the structure of ballet: a basis for Italian, French and English ballet', in Kant M (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ballet, Cambridge University Press, USA, pp. 9 - 18
    • Nevile J, 2003, 'Disorder in order: Imrpovisation in Italian Coreographed Dances of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries', in McGee TJ (ed.), Improvisation in the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edn. 1, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, pp. 145 - 169

    Journal articles

    • Nevile J, 2012, 'Choreography and Meaning in Early Modern Danced Spectacles: A Catalyst for Discussion', Historical Dance, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 29 - 33
    • Nevile J, 2012, 'Learning the Bassadanza from a Wolf: Andrea Calmo and Dance', Dance Research, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 80 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/drs.2012.0035
    • Nevile J, 2011, 'Dance Rehearsal Practices in Early Modern Court Spectacles', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 135 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/pgn.2011.0023
    • Nevile J, 2009, ''These bookes, as I heare, are all cawled in': Dance and Choreographic Records from the Stuart Masques', Early Theatre: a journal associated with the Records of Early English Drama, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 51 - 68
    • Nevile J, 2007, '?Rules for Design?: Beauty and Grace in Caroso's Choreographies', Dance Research, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 107 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/drs.2007.25.2.107
    • Nevile J, 2000, 'Dance Patterns of the Early Seventeenth Century: The Stockholm Manuscript and Le Ballet de Monseigneur de Vendosme', Dance Research, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 186 - 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/1290851
    • Nevile J, 1999, 'Dance Steps and Music in the Gresley Manuscript', Historical Dance, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 2 - 19
    • Nevile J, 1999, 'Dance and the garden: moving and static choreography in renaissance Europe.', Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 805 - 836
    • Nevile J, 1999, 'Cavalieri's theatrical ballo and the social dances of Caroso and Negri', Dance Chronicle, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 119 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01472529908569337
    • Nevile J, 1998, 'Dance in early Tudor England: An Italian connection?', Early Music, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 231 - 244
    • Nevile J, 1998, 'Cavalieri's Theatrical Ballo ?O che nuovo miracolo?: A Reconstruction', Dance Chronicle, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 353 - 388, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01472529808569323
    • Nevile J, 1993, 'The Platonic Theory of Ethos in Fifteenth-Century Italian Court Dance', Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 3, pp. 42 - 54
    • Nevile J, 1993, 'The Performance of Fifteenth-Century Italian Balli: Evidence from the Pythagorean Ratios', Performance Practice Review, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 116 - 128
    • Nevile J, 1991, '`Certain Sweet Movements': the development of the Concept of Grace in 15th-Century Italian Dance and Painting', Dance Research, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 3 - 12


    • Nevile JR; Brainard I, 'Dance: Medieval and early Renaissance' in Oxford Music Online ? Grove Music Online

Other Information

At the end of 1999 Dr Nevile produced a twenty-five minute video, The Amiable Conqueror: Dancing at the Courts of Europe , that showcased several sixteenth-century dances and four baroque choreographies. (A copy is located in the Social Sciences and Humanities Library).