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The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Helen Thomas, Stacey Prickett


510 pages | 72 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies maps out the key features of dance studies as the field stands today, while pointing to potential future developments.

It locates these features both historically—within dance in particular social and cultural contexts—and in relation to other academic influences that have impinged on dance studies as a discipline. The editors use a thematically based approach that emphasizes that dance scholarship does not stand alone as a single entity, but is inevitably linked to other related fields, debates, and concerns. Authors from across continents have contributed chapters based on theoretical, methodological, ethnographic, and practice-based case studies, bringing together a wealth of expertise and insight to offer a study that is in-depth and wide-ranging.

Ideal for scholars and upper-level students of dance and performance studies, The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies challenges the reader to expand their knowledge of this vibrant, exciting interdisciplinary field.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors, Acknowledgements, Introduction: Thematic Structure, Methodological Frames, and Analyses Helen Thomas and Stacey Prickett

Part I Dance and Corporeality: Training and Engagement 1. Dancing the Space: Butoh and Body Weather as Training for Ecological Consciousness - Rosemary Candelario 2. The Dancing Body, Power and the Transmission of Collective Memory in Apartheid South Africa - Catherine F. Botha 3. Different Bodies: A Poetic Study of Dance And People with Parkinson's - Sara Houston 4. Resourcing/Searching DanceTechnique and Education: Developing a Praxeological Methodology- Yvonne Hardt 5. The Expanding Possibilities of Dance Science - Emma Redding

Part II Dance and Somatics 6. Performing the Self: Dance, Somatic Practices, and Alexander Technique - Michael Huxley 7. Moving Kinship: Between Choreography, Performance and the More-than-Human - Beatrice Allegranti 8. Moving as a Thought Process: The Practice of choreography and Stillness - Naomi Lefebvre Sell with Tara Silverthorn and Lucille Teppa 9. Moving Mind and Body: Language and Writings of Simon Forti- Hiie Saumaa

Part III Dance and Analysis 10. Choreomusicology and Dance Studies: From Beginning to End? - Stephanie Jordan 11. Choreosonic Wearables: Creative Collaborative Practices - Michèle Danjoux 12. The Anarchive of Contemporary Dance: Toward a Topographic Understanding of Choreography - Timmy De Laet 13. Cubism, Futurism, and Leonide Massine's Choreography for Parade - Gay Morris 14. Whatever Happened to Dance Criticism? - Erin Brannigan

Part IV Dance, Society and Culture 15. Black Dance: Brooklyn 2017 - Nadine George-Graves 16. Elroy Josephs and the HiddenHistory of Black British Dance - Ramsay Burt 17. A Love Song as a Form of Protest- Danielle Goldman 18. Female Dancers on the Variety Stage in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain - Larraine Nicholas 19. Selling and Giving Dance - Susan Leigh Foster

Part V Dance and Time 20. Traditional Dance in Urban Settings: 'Snapshots' of Greek Dance Traditions in Athens - Maria I. Koustouba 21. Black Star, Fetishized Other: Carlos Acosta, Ballet’s New Cosmopolitanism, and Desire in the Age of Institutional Diversity - Lester Tomé 22. Digital Preservation of Dance, Inclusion and Absence - Sarah Whatley 23. Dance and Copyright: As Time Moves On - Charlotte Waelde 24. Algorithmic Choreographies: Women Whirling Dervishes and Dance Heritage on YouTube - Sheenagh Pietrobruno

Part VI Dance and Scenography 25. Dressing Dance–Dancing Dress: Lived Experience of Dress and its Agency in the Collaborative Process- Jessica Bugg 26. The Scenography of Choreographing the Museum - Johan Stjernholm 27. Stacking the Spine: Interdisciplinary Reflections from Backstories - Becka McFadden 28. Longing for the Subaltern: Subaltern Historiography as Choreographic Tactic - Cynthia Ling Lee

Part VII Dance, Space and Place 29. The Strangeness of Dancing: From The Changing Room to Singularity - Carol Brown 30. Everyday Life and Urban Marvels: The Curious Aesthetics of x-times people chair - Alexandra Kolb 31. Dance, Theater, and their Post-Medium Condition- Gerald Siegmund 32. Re-Imagining Laban: Tradition, Extinction, Invention. Re-Staging as Creative Contemporary Practice - Alison Curtis-Jones 33. "Dancing through the hard stuff": Repetition, Resilience and Female Solidarity in the Landscape - Rosemary Lee’s Passage for Par - Rosemary Lee and Ruth Pethybridge


About the Editors

Helen Thomas is professor of Dance Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and emeritus professor, University of the Arts. She has published books, edited collections, and articles on the body and dance in culture and society. Currently, she is editor of Dance Research Journal.

Stacey Prickett is reader in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton. Her current research investigates relationships between dance, society, and politics, Her publications include articles in international journals, Embodied Politics: Dance, Protest and Identities (author), Dance in the City; Dance and Politics, and Shifting Corporealities (contributor).

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Subject Categories

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