A portrait of Rebecca Hilton

New Profile Professor Rebecca Hilton


We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Hilton our new professor for the profile area Site, Event, Encounter.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a dancer. I’m 52. I’m originally from Australia.  I lived in New York from 1986 – 2000 where I worked with a broad spectrum of artists including Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Jennifer Monson, Lucy Guerin, Leigh Bowery, Mathew Barney and many more. This was a very formative time for me, as both person and artist. I returned to live in Melbourne in 2000 and since then I have continued to perform, teach, collaborate and develop work in Australia and elsewhere. Lately I’ve been involved in work by Chrysa Parkinson, Tino Sehgal, Scarlet Yu and Xavier Le Roy. My own artistic research takes place in locations that are usually not studio, theatre or gallery spaces. I work with choreographic systems and embodied practices in situations that don’t necessarily involve any dancers, dancing or dance making.  Recently I’ve  been working in my local shopping Centre, in a Dementia Ward, an Australian Rules Football Club, a Community Arts Centre and in University contexts in Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Korea and Scandinavia. I see the research area I’m involved in – Site, Event, Encounter – as a matrix through which to explore the hows, whys and whens of art meeting society, and the fluid, 'in flux' nature of such meetings. So, things like - labor, worth, value, conventions, protocols, rituals, roles, responsibilities, all things relational, and I’m wondering what constitutes art these days anyway, along with many other research possibilities I haven’t thought of yet. 

What made you interested in working here at Uniarts?

I think it feels so full of possibility here, as if anything could happen and probably will. The way the Research Centre is structured, with four distinct research areas, each of which can relate in a variety of ways to Dance, Circus, Opera, Performing Arts, Film and Media, is unique to the Stockholm University of the Arts as far as I can tell. I whole-heartedly believe that imaginative and alternative research models are necessary to support diversities of art thinking and making, and I think Uniarts is directly addressing that with the establishment of the Research Centre. 

What is the essence of your own art and research?

At present I’m interested in group-ness, in local-ness, in partial-ness, in indivisibility, in transformation, and in how these things artistically and socially manifest in this time, in these times that we live in. How and where and when to meet now? I’m interested in the way the shared time and space of the performance event can intensify, heighten and make perceptible these encounters with each other´s other-nesses. And can perhaps somehow bring awareness to our own other-nesses? 

To me, researching means searching again. And again. And again. And again.