Photographer: Monir El Haimar
Dr. Mark James Hamilton is Senior Lecturer in World Stages at Regent’s University London. He first trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham (BA & MPhil). At Birmingham, Nadine George educated Mark in her development of the embodied voice work of Alfred Wolfsohn and Roy Hart. Extramurally, Mark was taught the work of Jerzy Grotowski by Zygmunt Molik and Jolanta Cynkutis, both directly connected to his Laboratorium. He later trained with bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) with Priya Srikumar and her guru Paramasiva Menon, with astanga vinyasa yoga teachers Jude Hynes and Peter Nilsson and their guru K. Pattabhi Jois, and CVN kalaripayattu (Kerala martial art) with senior instructor Rajasekaran Nair and his gurukul Sathyanarayanan Nair. Mark lived in New Zealand for thirteen years, working as the close collaborator of Mika, a seminal queer Maori performance artist. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Canterbury (NZ) and his thesis explored the interface of the martial arts and dance in Mika’s fusion of haka (Maori postural dance and chanting), hip hop and burlesque, and that of Samudra, a Kerala company who combine kalaripayattu, yoga and bharatanatyam. In the course of his doctoral studies, Mark trained in tai chi, judo and capoeira (Brazilian movement art) for four years. He is also a practitioner of nuad boran (Thai yoga massage). Mark’s on-going research explores the possibility of transcultural principles for performance training and the challenges of intercultural creative collaboration.
The link below features Mark dancing a bharata natyam piece dedicated to Ganesha in a production called United States of Celebration (Sky City Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand: November 2005).