Coming soon! Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice
Editors: Hetty Blades and Emma Meehan
Intellect Ltd © 2018 (October)
Increasingly, choreographic process is examined, shared, and discussed in a variety of academic, artistic and performative contexts. More than ever before, post-show discussions, artistic blogs, books, archives and seminars provide opportunities for choreographers to explain their particular methodologies. Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice provides a unique theoretical investigation of this current trend. The chapters in this collection examine the methods, politics and philosophy of sharing choreographic process, aiming to uncover theoretical repercussions of and the implications for forms of knowledge, the appreciation of dance, education and artistic practices.
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New! Some Things About Dance
Some Things About Dance is a digital book. It is a collection of playful ideas or things about the art of dance. Each brief chapter is self-contained, and covers a range of topics to do with things like collaboration, creativity, communication and practice. The book is primarily written for people interested in dance as an art form – dancers, teachers, choreographers, audiences – but will also appeal to creatives and managers who are seeking surprising or alternative ways to be inspired or challenged.
Some Things About Dance is available for download via Leanpub at ttp://leanpub.com/somethingsaboutdance/
The book is Pay What You Want, and 80% of any profits will be given to Chisenhale Dance Space in London. The remaining 20% will go to choreographer and artist Hamish MacPherson for his work on the book's illustrations.
Text: Simon Ellis
Illustrations: Hamish MacPherson
You can also listen to an interview with Simon and Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about the book amongst other things - click here
NEW! A WORLD OF MUSCLE, BONE & ORGANS: RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP IN DANCE
Editors: Simon Ellis, Hetty Blades and Charlotte Waelde
A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance is an e-book exploring contemporary ideas and themes in the research and practice of dance. It contains 23 chapters written by researchers at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, and is divided into six sections: Spaces of Practice, Philosophy, Communities, Politics, Data and Thinking, and Epistemology
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New! Media Practices, Social Movements, and Performativity: Transdisciplinary Approaches
Editors: Susanne Foellmer, Margreth Lünenborg and Christoph Raetzsch
Quotidian digital media have fundamentally transformed the ways in which public protest isarticulated today. Think of movements like Occupy and the Arab Spring, the protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul and the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Protest is nowadays voiced on the street and online at the same time. In these performative acts, we discern calls for community and perceive individual acts of articulation. The volume addresses such developments in an interdisciplinary collaboration between media and communication studies, and theatre, dance and performance studies.
The volume presents international case studies on the new dynamics of protest, articulation and community along with two programmatic articles on the role and legacies of performativity in the affiliated disciplines. The case studies cover a wide cultural and geographical terrain - from Mexico to Japan, from Germany to Greece. A core interest is to develop the notion of media practice theoretically and employ it analytically to these divergent settings. On the basis of performative and practice-theoretical approaches the contributors show the specific local embeddedness of new forms of publicness that emerge in protest movements. They achieve to differentiate how technological change is necessarily embedded in these conditions but need not be a principal force. The volume thus covers a broad range of performative experiments, historical case studies and new forms of collective articulation.
The volume makes an important contribution to debates about technological globalisation and political change, about media usage and potentials of political emancipation. In an interdisciplinary dialogue of media and communication studies with theater and dance studies, the contributions highlight the versatility of performativity and media practice as an analytic approach.
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New! Dance, Disability and Law INVISIBLE DIFFERENCE
Editors Sarah Whatley, Charlotte Waelde, Shawn Harmon, Abbe Brown, Karen Wood, and Hetty Blades
Intellect Ltd © 2018
This collection is the first book to focus on the intersection of dance, disability, and the law. Bringing together a range of writers from different disciplines, it considers the question of how we value, validate, and speak about diversity in performance practice, with a specific focus on the experience of differently-abled dance artists within the changing world of the arts in the United Kingdom. Contributors address the legal frameworks that support or inhibit the work of disabled dancers and explore factors that affect their full participation, including those related to policy, arts funding, dance criticism, and audience reception. For more information on where to get the book click here.
Find out about the Invisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law Project
New! Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage
Editors: Sarah Whatley, Rosamaria K. Cisneros, Amalia Sabiescu
This book explores the interplay between performing arts, intangible cultural heritage anddigital environments through a compendium of essays on emerging practices and case studies,as well as critical, historical and theoretical perspectives. It features essays that engage withvaried forms of intangible cultural heritage, from music and storytelling to dance, theatre andmartial arts. Cases of digital technology interventions are provided from different geographicaland cultural settings, from Europe to Asia and the Americas. Together, the collection reflects onthe implications that digital interventions have on intangible cultural heritage engagements, itscuration and transmission in diverse localities. The volume is a valuable resource fordiscovering the multiple ways in which cultural heritage is mediated through digitaltechnologies, and engages with audiences, artists, users and researchers.
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Find out more about the most recent Digital Echoes event here.
New! PERFORMANCE RESEARCH VOLUME 22 ISSUE 8
Issue editors: Susanne Foellmer & Richard Gough
ISSN: 1352-8165 (2017) 22:8
This issue asks about the consequences and specific modalities of leftovers in the performing and visual arts as well as in broader cultural and social contexts: What is the status of leftovers when, for example, beingon display or being distributed otherwise after a performance? To what extent do they ‘help’ or rather ‘betray’ the attempts to write performing art’s history? What kind of impact does the integration of debris as art’s material have on the conception and reception of the artwork as such? And in what ways does a certain performative quality apply when it comes to the arrangement of leftovers other than working with ‘unused’ and ‘fresh’ material? What about the politicality of integrating leftovers into ‘newly’ done work? And how does the value of leftovers change when reintegrated into the consumer’s society? Those reflections also imply more general questions about the cultural status and value of leftovers in the social and political realm.
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The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real
Editors: Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, Néill O’Dwyer.
Palgrave Macmillan 2015
The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology challenges perceived notions of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ in a collection of fascinating essays.It explores the ubiquity of technology in both academia and professional practice, emphasising the experience of body/ technology encounters.’ – Sita Popat, University of Leeds, UK.
The book launch was held on in the Neill /Hoey Lecture Theatre at The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at 6pm on Thursday 29 October, 2015. Special guest speaker Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (Dean of GradCAM) introduced the book.
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCREENDANCE
The International Journal of Screendance is an international, artist-led journal exploring the field of screendance. It is the first-ever journal dedicated to this growing area of worldwide interdisciplinary practice. IJSD draws on the fields of dance, performance, visual art, cinema, and media arts, including their practices, technologies, theories and philosophies. It provides a platform to debate questions about inter-disciplinarity, artistic agency, curation, film and dance in popular culture, and experimental filmmaking and mediated artistic practices.
Image attached is courtesy of Cobie Orger.
For more information, please go to: www.screendancejournal.org
Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities
Editor: Amanda Williamson
Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities is interested in publishing works concerned with the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement, and contributions are invited from across disciplines. Research into spirituality receives comparatively little attention in Western dance practices. In contrast, this journal provides a platform for those practitioners and researchers who are actively and creatively working with spirituality at the centre of their practice/research to disseminate their ideas and findings.
The journal is particularly interested in scholarship that explores spirituality and movement from different inter-disciplinary perspectives offering a broad stage for academic discussion and innovation. Recognizing the plurality and diversity of spiritual experience, the journal invites contributions from a vast panorama of the world’s sacred dance traditions to topics such as secular, New Age and postmodern spiritualities. Articles may range from performance praxis and analysis, composition and aesthetics, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, community practice and holistic pedagogies. The journal seeks to embrace diversity of experienced and felt spiritualities and discussion of methodologies suited to discovering more about dance and spirituality are most welcomed, as well as innovative methods for recording, digesting and articulating the experiences of spirituality.
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Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (ISSN 1757-1871) is an international refereed journal published twice a year by Intellect. It has been in publication since 2009 for scholars and practitioners whose research interests focus on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence that this body of practice exerts on the wider performing arts.
In recent years, somatic practices have become more central to many artists’ work and have become more established within educational and training programmes. Despite this, as a body of work it has remained largely at the margins of scholarly debate, finding its presence predominantly through the embodied knowledge of practitioners and their performative contributions.
This journal will provide a space to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance and discuss the implications for research and teaching. The journal will serve a broad international community and will invite contributions from a wide range of discipline areas. Particular features will include writings that consciously traverse the boundaries between text and performance, taking the form of ‘visual essays’, interviews with leading practitioners, book reviews, themed issues and conference/symposium reports.
For further information, please go to: http://jdsp.coventry.ac.uk/Home.html
Social Choreography network
What does social choreography mean today, and to what extent can this field provide new frameworks to help address the issue of cultural stereotyping of refugees?Violent military conflict, environmental crises, breakdown of social, racial or ethnic integration, are some of the many reasons why millions of peoples are being displaced across the world. Immigration is regarded today as arguably one of the most pressing political issues by voters and the wider public, and not only in a post-Brexit UK. Whilst the problem of forced migration is typically addressed from within the social sciences (e.g. migration and diaspora studies, sociology, political science, or development studies), little is known about the way in which the movement arts and bodily perspectives are responding to such crises. The gap in knowledge that the network is aiming to address concerns a lack of understanding of embodied socio-choreographic practice at a regional and cross-national level.
Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology
This network brings together experts from dance and somatic practices, health and digital design to explore the living, sensate and subjectively experienced body in context as a means of understanding chronic pain and self-care strategies.
Fifties in Europe – Kaleidoscope
The project aims at leveraging photographic content in Europeana depicting the 1950s in Europe, connecting today’s citizens with the post-war generation whose dreams of a better life led to the establishment of the European Union. Kaleidoscope wants to increase engagement with Europeana content, by heightening user interaction through crowdsourcing and co-curation.
CultureMoves is a user-oriented project that aims to develop a series of digital tools and services that will enable new forms of touristic engagement and educational resources by leveraging the re-use of Europeana content. The project stands on 3 pillars: technology for content re-use adaptation and sharing, real-life use cases for tourism and education, intangible cultural heritage and more specifically dance.
The Roles of IP and Diversity in the Creative Industries
The objective is to inform policy-making in both South Africa and the UK in relation to IP and diversity strategies for the micro creative industries and international trade. It is also to create strong and lasting conversations among academic researchers, creative industry participants, policy-makers and practitioners across South Africa and the UK; and to foster new academic links between South Africa and the UK through which new research proposals can emerge. This project, and subsequent ones arising out of network activities will also help to strengthen understanding of, and adoption of good practice around IP and diversity by arts and cultural practitioners, thus ensuring greater sustainability for this sector.