BA Hons. Syd, PhD UNSW
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.