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The Routledge Companion to Dance in Asia and the Pacific
Platforms for Change

Edited By

Stephanie Burridge

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ISBN 9780367748760
September 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
250 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Companion documents and celebrates artistic journeys within the framework of rich and complex cultural heritages and traditional dance practices of the Asia-Pacific region. It looks at various dance forms from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, the South Pacific, and Thailand. Drawing on extensive research and decades of performative experience as artists, choreographers, producers, teachers, and critics, the authors approach issues of dance and cultural diversity through a theoretical perspective, while at the same time exploring change, process, and transformation through dance.


The book discusses themes such as tradition, contemporization, interdisciplinarity, dance education, youth dance, dance networks, curatorial practices, and evolving performative practices of dance companies and independents. It also looks at regional networking, curating dance festivals and spaces that foster collaboration, regional cooperation and cultural exchange which are an essential feature of dance in Asia and the Pacific.


This collection will be of interest to students and researchers of pedagogy, choreography, community dance practice, theatre and performance studies, social and cultural studies, aesthetics, inter-disciplinary arts and more. It will be an invaluable resource for artists and practitioners working in dance schools and communities.

Table of Contents

 1. Shaping the landscape  2. Treading the Pathways – Independent Indigenous dance  3. I am a Cambodian Classical Dancer: A personal story  4. Dance education in Cambodia  5. Concert dance in contemporary China: Crossing borders while maintaining difference  6. Balancing acts / Decentering exercises: Asia Network for Dance AND + - A network of its place and time  7. Imag(in)ing the nation: Uday Shankar’s ‘Kalpana’  8. The beauty myth and beyond: Looking at the Bollywood ‘Item Number’  9. Revealing cultural representation in Indonesian contemporary dance  10. Eclecticism and syncretic traditions: Conceiving Malay social dance in the twentieth century  11. Transnationalism among Malaysian contemporary dance choreographers  12. The foundation of language: New Filipino dance lexicons from Eisa Jocson  13. Dancescapism: On dance, young people and choice in the Lion City  14. Interconnections: An overview of the Singapore contemporary dance scene from1990 to 2020  15. Identity, hybridity, diversity: A brief history of dance in Taiwan  16. Roots and routes of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Nine Songs  17. Reinventing how we move: The Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in the context of contemporary Thai dance  18. Dancing diverse commentaries on wood, sand and concrete: Stories of choreographic collaboration within the South Pacific

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Stephanie Burridge is a research consultant at LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Management University. She was Artistic Director of Canberra Dance Theatre (1978–2001) and was awarded the first Choreographic Fellowship at the Australian Choreographic Centre. She is Series Editor for Routledge anthology collections: Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific, and Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change, co-editor Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Series Foreword by Sir Ken Robinson. She served as the Research and Documentation Network Co-Chair for WDA Asia Pacific for 15 years and the recipient of numerous grants for choreographic and research form the Australia Council, Arts ACT, NAC Singapore and Singapore International Foundation.