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Contemporary Choreography

A Critical Reader, 2nd Edition

Edited by Jo Butterworth, Liesbeth Wildschut

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546 pages

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Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Contemporary Choreography presents a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and innovative challenges to traditional understandings of dance making.

Contributions from a global range of practitioners and researchers address a spectrum of concerns in the field, organized into seven broad domains:

  • Conceptual and philosophical concerns
  • Processes of making
  • Dance dramaturgy: structures, relationships, contexts
  • Choreographic environments
  • Cultural and intercultural contexts
  • Challenging aesthetics
  • Choreographic relationships with technology.

Including 23 new chapters and 10 updated ones, Contemporary Choreography captures the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century, supporting and encouraging rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.

Reviews

"Significantly expands the field's knowledge base in theoretical and applied ways never heard quite so succinctly before in a large, wide-ranging volume."

Doug Risner, Journal of Dance Education

Table of Contents

Contents

 

List of tables and illustrations

Contributors

Acknowledgements

 

General introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

 

SECTION 1

Conceptual and philosophical concerns

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

1.1

Knowing through dance-making

Choreography, practical knowledge and practice-as-research

Anna Pakes

1.2

Expert-intuitive and deliberate processes

Struggles in (the wording of) creative decision-making in ‘dance’

Susan Melrose

1.3

‘Throwing like a girl’?

Gender in a transnational world

Susan Leigh Foster

1.4

Choreography that poses problems

Bojana Cvejić

1.5

Choreography as research

Iteration, object, context

Ben Spatz

 

SECTION 2

Processes of making

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

2.6

Too many cooks?

A framework for dance making and devising

Jo Butterworth

2.7

Facilitating choreographic process

Larry Lavender

2.8

Velvet Petal: Getting Lost

Fleur Darkin

2.9

Risk-taking and group dance improvisation

João da Silva

2.10

Dancing strategies and moving identities

The contributions independent contemporary dancers make to the choreographic process

Jenny Roche

2.11

Jonathan Burrows’ Postdance Conference keynote address, Stockholm 2015

Jonathan Burrows

 

INTERVENTION

Peggy Olislaegers

 

SECTION 3

Dance dramaturgy: structures, relationships, contexts

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

3.12

Dance dramaturgical agency

Pil Hansen

3.13

The catalytic function of dramaturgy

Working on actions in choreographic processes

Konstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa, and Danae Theodoridou

3.14

Decentred dramaturgy

Non-structural contexts in contemporary choreography

Anny Mokotow

 

SECTION 4

Choreographic environments

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

4.15

Dancing around exclusion

An examination of the issues of social inclusion within choreographic practice in the community

Sara Houston

4.16

Choreographic approaches in the community context

Diane Amans

4.17

Escola Livre de Dança da Maré in Rio de Janeiro

A ground to share

Silvia Soter and Adriana Pavlova

4.18

Experiencing space

Some implications for site-specific dance performance

Victoria Hunter

4.19

Whispering Birds

Site-specific dance, affect and emotion

Karen N Barbour

 

SECTION 5

Cultural and Intercultural Contexts

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

5.20

Principles of African choreography

Some perspectives from Ghana

Francis Nii-Yarty

5.21

The body as a site of power

An artistic case study on contemporary choreography in the Arab World

Sandra Noeth and Samar Haddad King

5.22

Beyond the intercultural to the Accented Body

An Australian perspective

Cheryl Stock

5.23

Minority visibility and hip hop choreography: France 2015

Felicia McCarren

5.24

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan

Intertwined journeys in-between dance cultures

Guy Cools

5.25

Akram Khan on the politics of choreographing touch

Royona Mitra

 

SECTION 6

Challenging Aesthetics

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

6.26

In search of Asian modernity

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s body aesthetics in the era of globalisation

Ya-Ping Chen

6.27

The body as the stage of abstract space

Sculpting of spectatorship in Meg Stuart’s choreography

Jeroen Fabius

6.28

Hi, who are you?

On choreography and the aged dancer

Efva Lilja

6.29

Inclusive choreography

Lucy Bennett and Stopgap Dance Company 

Sho Shibata

 

SECTION 7

Choreographic Relationships with Technology

Section introduction

Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut

7.30

Choreographic performance systems

Johannes Birringer

7.31

Virtually touching

Embodied engagement in telematic and virtual reality performance

Sita Popat

7.32

How does motion capture mediate dance?

Laura Karreman

7.33

Social media and choreographic practice

Creative tools for collaboration, co-creation and creative practice

Sophy Smith

About the Editors

Jo Butterworth is Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Malta.

Liesbeth Wildschut lectures in dance history, dance theory, and dance dramaturgy at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER003000
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General