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

Edited By

Stephanie Burridge

ISBN 9780367748760
Published September 10, 2021 by Routledge India
246 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 presents various dance forms from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the South Pacific. 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 from 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 essential features 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, interdisciplinary arts, and more. It will be an invaluable resource for artists and practitioners working in dance schools and communities.

Table of Contents


Stephanie Burridge


1. Shaping the landscape

Jill Sykes

2. Treading the Pathways – Independent Indigenous dance

Marilyn Miller


3. I am a Cambodian Classical Dancer: A personal story

Hun Pen

4. Dance education in Cambodia

Chey Chankethya


5. Concert dance in contemporary China: Crossing borders while maintaining difference

Emily Wilcox

Hong Kong and the region

6. Balancing acts / Decentering exercises: Asia Network for Dance AND + - A network of its place and time

Anna C.Y. Chan and Angela Conquet (Editors), with contributors Jala Adolphus, Anna Cy Chan, Angela Conquet, Kathy Hong, Ophelia Huang, Faith Tan.


7. Imag(in)ing the nation: Uday Shankar’s ‘Kalpana’

Urmimala Sarkar

8. The beauty myth and beyond: Looking at the Bollywood ‘Item Number’

Priyanka Basu


9. Revealing cultural representation in Indonesian contemporary dance

Michael H.B. Raditya


10. Eclecticism and syncretic traditions: Conceiving Malay social dance in the twentieth century

Mohd Anis Md Nor

11. Transnationalism among Malaysian contemporary dance choreographers

Bilqis Hijjas


12. The foundation of language: New Filipino dance lexicons from Eisa Jocson

Vanini Belarmino


13. Dancescapism: On dance, young people and choice in the Lion City

Peter Gn

14. Interconnections: An overview of the Singapore contemporary dance scene from1990 to 2020

Melissa Quek


15. Identity, hybridity, diversity: A brief history of dance in Taiwan

CHEN Ya-ping

16. Roots and routes of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s Nine Songs

LIN Yatin


17. Reinventing how we move: The Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in the context of contemporary Thai dance

Pornrat Damrhung and Lowell Skar

The South Pacific

18. Dancing diverse commentaries on wood, sand and concrete: Stories of choreographic collaboration within the South Pacific

Sarah Knox and Rose Martin

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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 is the recipient of numerous grants for choreography and research from the Australia Council, Arts ACT, NAC Singapore, and Singapore International Foundation.