Originally hailing from the US, Sarie Mairs Slee is a Lecturer in Physical and Dance Theatre. A trained musician and contemporary dancer, Slee emigrated to the UK in 2003 to pursue an MA in European Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre in London. A practicing artist and researcher, Slee is also the founding director of The Hive at St. Johns, an organisation working to transform a closed historic church in East Salford into a centre for creativity, culture and the arts.
Her research includes two disctinct areas relating to cultural practices. Through her role at The Hive at St. Johns and related research in the VC's Iconic City of Salford project- The Hive in The Cliff- she is collaboratively investigating the role of cultural activities and creative approaches within successful sustainable urban regeneration programming.
As a physical performer and practitioner, her practical research concerns the role of the body and non-verbal cultural materials in contemporary, physical and intercultural performance. Slee is currently involved in 'Studio Matejka,’ a performance laboratory programme of the Grotowski Institute, a prestigious and international centre for performance practice and research in Wroclaw, Poland. As lead academic in Studio Matejka (October 2010-April 2012), she is working with a team of international artists and film makers, exploring the notion of the body as a cultural actorand the primary expressive tool in both society and in performance. Slee was recently appointed a Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholar in support of her research within Studio Matejka.