Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Lucille Toth

Assistant Professor of French (Newark campus)

Areas of Expertise

  • Dance Studies
  • French and Francophone culture
  • Medical Humanities
  • Migration Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality


  • PhD, University of Southern California
  • MA, University of Montreal

Lucille Toth is an Assistant Professor of French at OSU-Newark, affiliated with Ohio State Dance department. Trained in contemporary dance in France, her research interests lie at the intersection of dance, literature, medical humanities, gender and migration studies. Her first book Danse et pandémie. Du SIDA au COVID-19  (Dance and Pandemics. From AIDS to COVID-19) traces the links between contamination and dance in France and beyond in order to challenge contemporary cultural, political and artistic metaphors about movement. Her new project Too Big, Too Dark, Too LoudDancing Excess in Today’s France examines the polysemy of excess—racial, linguistic, religious, sexual, cultural—in relation to national moral values, as excessive bodies are historically tied to the stigmatization of the excessive body and (restriction of) its movement. She is the co-editor of Danse contemporaine et littérature (Paris: Centre National de la Danse, 2015) that focuses on the intersections between postmodern dance and letters in France. Her articles and reviews appear in: Dance Chronicle; Forum for Modern Language Studies; French Cultural Studies; SITES. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies; H-France Review.

In addition to being a scholar, Lucille Toth also gives dance workshops in the US, Canada and Europe on the ways in which movement and writing intertwine and influence each other. As a choreographer, she is the founder and artistic director of On Border(hers), a dance project based on the testimonies of immigrants that shows how global mobility is part of contemporary national and global history.  On Board(hers) now welcomes groups in the US, in Mexico, Germany and France. This dance project has been supported by different grants including a Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, and an Outreach Grant from OSU-Newark, and received good press coverage from NPR, Columbus Alive and WOSU, among others. As part of this project, Lucille Toth also gave a TEDxTalk in 2019 entitled “Yes she has an accent. Why don’t you?”





“De la house au ballet : décolonisation de la danse en France.” Tangence. Montreal. 125-126 (2021).  

“Mourad Merzaki,” 50 Contemporary Choreographers, Third Edition. Ed. J. Butterworth and L. Sanders, Routledge, 2021.

“De Faustin Linyekula à Nadia Vadori-Gauthier : Performer la frontière en temps de crise,” Danse et politique. Luttes, corporéités, performativités. Ed. A. Pellus, Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, France, 2021.

“Move. Dance. Talk. Resist.” The Activist History Review. January 2020.

“Praising Twerk. Why Aren’t We All Shaking Our Butt?French Cultural Studies (May 2017) 291-302.


Invited choreographer. Residency. University of California-Irvine. March 2022.

College Outreach Committee. Detroit Dance City Festival. September 7-12, 2021.

Performer and facilitator. Distance/Climate/Access/Contact – A Four Movement Conversation. With Maurice Stevens. The Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, March 2021.

Advisory Committee Member. Summer exhibition. The Wexner Center for the Arts, 2020.

Founder and Artistic Director. On Board(hers). Columbus, OH, since 2018.

Director, dancer and model. City of Incurable Women. Series of photographs by Laura Larson. 2017-2020.

Director and performer. Repeat Pressure Until. Angela Meleca gallery, Columbus, OH. 2017.

Dramaturge. Trois décennies d’amour cerné (Three Decades of Fenced-in Love.) A contemporary ballet co-written with French choreographer Thomas Lebrun) 2013.