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Making an Entrance
Theory and Practice for Disabled and Non-Disabled Dancers

ISBN 9780415251440
Published December 27, 2001 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Making an Entrance is the first ever practical introduction to teaching dance with disabled and non disabled students. This clearly written, thought provoking and hugely enjoyable manual is essential reading whether you're just starting out or are already active in the field.
Taking improvisation as his focus and as the starting point of choreographic exploration, Adam Benjamin asks what it has to offer as an art form and how it can be better used to meet the changing needs of dance education.
In the theoretical section Benjamin explores the history of a disintegrated dance practice, placing it within the wider context of cultural and political movements. He questions what is meant today when we talk about 'inclusive' or 'integrated dance' and what we might expect of it.
The book includes over 50 exercises and improvisations designed to stimulate and challenge students at all levels of dance. Benjamin also includes useful hints on the practicalities of setting up workshops covering issues as diverse a class size, the safety aspects of wheelchairs and the accessibility of dance spaces.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Preface  Acknowledgements  Part 1: Introduction  1. Introduction: life after Stages  2. Improvisation - access - training - touching on a definition  3. A little on language, disability, integration and inclusivity  4. Disability-specific groups and the Simpson Board  5. A serious dislocation  6. 'Just' moving: ethics, integration and the disciplines of improvisation  7. The great mistake: response-ability and feedback  8. Tension seekers: a poet/hunter's guide to improvisation  9. Tension as a guide to feedback  10. Demons and dragons: some thoughts on becoming blocked in improvisation  11. Is it therapy?  12. Special schools, special students and integrated practice  13. Lost narrative  14. Access v. excellence  Part 2: Exercises and Improvisations  15. Working against resistance: an introduction to the improvisations and exercises  16. An unruly location  17. Introductory work  18. Listening through touch  19. Making an entrance in time and space  20. Con-temp-lation: thinking about space, time and centre  21. Graceful ways, or searching for clews  22. Individual considerations  23. Lightly balanced on the edge of centre  24. Counter-balances and chair tilts: dicing with Newtonian physics  25. Art and theatre  26. Speed an timing  27. A little more time: exercises to develop an understanding of rhythm and the duration of a simple gesture or action  28. Live music  Appendix 1: Directory  Appendix 2: Excerpts from an African diary  Appendix 3: Glossary  Bibliography  Index

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Adam Benjamin is a freelance choreographer and teacher with a world wide reputation who has consistently stretched the boundaries of who can be involved in dance. He was co-founder and joint director of CandoCo Dance Company (1990-98) and has pioneered integrated dance workshops and performances in Africa, Asia and Europe.


'His eloquent insights make compelling reading for anyone interested in performance dance if any kind.' Ausdance NSW

'This is not a 'special' book for 'special' people but one that speaks too all who are engaged in dance.' - Dance Theatre Journal