Contemporary Choreography : a Critical Reader


Contemporary Choreography : a Critical Reader



Edited by Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut.

Contains chapter by Susan Leigh Foster, former College at Brockport dance faculty member: 'Throwing like a girl'? : gender in a transnational world.

This innovative text provides a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and traditional understandings of dance making. It features contributions by practitioners and researchers from Europe, America, Africa, Australasia and the Asia-Pacific region, investigating the field in six broad domains: Conceptual and philosophic concerns, Educational settings, Communities, Changing aesthetics, Intercultural choreography, Choreography's relationships with other disciplines. By capturing the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century this reader supports and encourages rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.



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London ; New York : Routledge, 2009.

xxi, 458 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.






Located in Drake Library at: GV1782.5 .C66 2009

CONTENTS: General introduction: studying contemporary choreography / Jo Butterworth, Liesbeth Wildschut -- Conceptual and philosophical concerns -- Knowing through dance-making: choreography, practical knowledge and practice-as-research / Anna Pakes -- Expert-intuitive processing and the logics of production: struggles in (the wording of) creative decision-making in 'dance' / Susan Melrose -- Visible thought: choreographic cognition in creating, performing, and watching contemporary dance / Shirley McKechnie, Catherine J. Stevens -- 'Throwing like a girl'?: gender in a transnational world / Susan Leigh Foster -- Higher educational settings. Facilitating the choreographic process / Larry Lavender -- Creativity in dance education through use of interactive technology resources / Jacqueline Smith-Autard -- Evaluation - nurturing or stifling a choreographic learning process? / Soili Hämäläinen -- Supporting students' reflection in choreography classes / Ä̈li Leijen -- Dance analysis in a postmodern age: integrating theory and practice / Bonnie Rowell -- Choreographer as researcher: issues and concepts in postgraduate study / Jo Butterworth -- Communities. Too many cooks? A framework for dance making and devising / Jo Butterworth -- Doing time: a discussion of interventionist and celebratory approaches to dance making for undergraduates / Christine Lomas -- Dancing around exclusion: an examination of the issues of social inclusion within choreographic practice in the community / Sara Houston -- Sharing the stage: a case study on Tij, a choreography for Dutch professional and amateur dancers / Caroline Ribbers, Ninke van Herpt -- Choreography coaching in the field of amateur dance in the Netherlands / Dirk Dumon -- Intercultural contexts. Principles of African choreography: some perspectives from Ghana / Francis Nii-Yartey -- An intercultural encounter: the Dance Fusion Project / Ilythyia de Lignière -- Beyond the intercultural to the Accented Body: an Australian perspective / Cheryl Stock -- The confluence of multicultural and intercultural discourses in Malaysian contemporary dance / Mohd Anis Md Nor -- Changing aesthetics. In search of Asian modernity: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's body aesthetics in the era of globalisation / Ya-Ping Chen -- Seeing the body move: choreographic investigations of kinaesthetics at the end of the twentieth century / Jeroen Fabius -- Choreographic environments: new technologies and movement-related artistic work / Sophia Lycouris -- Performing installations: towards an understanding of choreography and performativity in interactive installations / Sarah Rubidge -- Relationships with other disciplines. Reinforcement for the choreographer: the dance dramaturge as ally / Liesbeth Wildschut -- Experiencing space: the implications for site-specific dance performance / Victoria Hunter -- Dancing with sprites and robots: new approaches to collaboration between dance and digital technologies / Sita Popat and Scott Palmer -- Augmenting choreography: insights and inspiration from science / Scott deLahunta, Phil Barnard and Wayne McGregor.

Contemporary Choreography : a Critical Reader