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Contemporary choreography: a critical reader

Contemporary choreography: a critical reader

Butterworth, Jo; Wildschut, Liesbeth, 1952-

This innovative collection provides a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, traditional understandings of dance-making and investigation and research into the creative process

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut
ISBN: 0415490863, 0415490871, 9780415490863, 9780415490870
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 416 p.
Subject: Choreography; Dance; Choreography.


  1. 1. General Introduction: studying contemporary choreography - Jo Butterworth and Liesbeth Wildschut
  2. Section 1: Conceptual and Philosophical Concerns
  3. 2. Knowing through Dance-making: Choreography, practical knowledge and practice-as-research - Anna Pakes
  4. 3. Expert-intuitive Processing and the Logics of Production: struggles in (the wording of) creative decision-making in 'dance' - Susan F. Melrose
  5. 4. Visible Thought: Choreographic cognition in creating, performing, and watching contemporary dance - Shirley McKechnie and Catherine J. Stevens
  6. 5. 'Throwing Like a Girl'?: Gender in a transnational world - Susan Leigh Foster Section 2: Higher Educational Settings
  7. 6. Facilitating Choreographic Process - Larry Lavender
  8. 7. Creativity in Dance Education through use of interactive technology resources - Jacqueline Smith-Autard
  9. 8. Evaluation - nurturing or stifling a choreographic learning process? - Soili Hämäläinen
  10. 9. Supporting Students' Reflection in Choreography Classes - Äli Leijen
  11. 10. Dance Analysis in a Postmodern Age: integrating theory and practice - Bonnie Rowell
  12. 11. Choreographer as Researcher: issues and concepts in postgraduate study - Jo Butterworth
  13. Section 3: Communities
  14. 12. Too Many Cooks? A framework for dance making and devising - Jo Butterworth
  15. 13. Doing Time: A discussion of interventionist and celebratory approaches to dance making for undergraduates - Christine Lomas
  16. 14. Dancing around Exclusion: an examination of the issues of social inclusion within choreographic practice in the community - Sara Houston
  17. 15. Sharing the Stage: a case study on Tij, a choreography for Dutch professional and amateur dancers - Caroline Ribbers and Ninke van Herpt
  18. 16. Choreography Coaching in the Field of Amateur Dance in the Netherlands - Dirk Dumon
  19. Section 4: Intercultural contexts
  20. 17. Principles of African Choreography: some perspectives from Ghana - Francis Nii-Yartey
  21. 18. An Intercultural Encounter: the Dance Fusion project - Ilythyia de Lignière
  22. 19. Beyond the Intercultural to the Accented Body: An Australian perspective - Cheryl Stock
  23. 20. The Confluence of Multicultural and Intercultural Discourses in Malaysian Contemporary Dance - Mohd Anis Md Nor
  24. Section 5: Changing Aesthetics
  25. 21. In Search of Asian Modernity: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's Body Aesthetics in the Era of Globalisation - Ya-Ping Chen
  26. 22. Seeing the body move: Choreographic investigations of kinaesthetics at the end of the twentieth century - Jeroen Fabius
  27. 23. Choreographic Environments: new technologies and movement-related artistic work - Sophia Lycouris
  28. 24. Performing Installations: towards an understanding of choreography and performativity in interactive installations - Sarah Rubidge
  29. Section 6: Relationships with other disciplines
  30. 25. Reinforcement for the choreographer: the dance dramaturge as ally - Liesbeth Wildschut
  31. 26. Experiencing Space: The implications for site-specific dance performance - Victoria Hunter
  32. 27. Dancing with Sprites and Robots: New approaches to collaboration between dance and digital technologies - Sita Popat and Scott Palmer
  33. 28. Augmenting Choreography: Insights and inspiration from science - Scott deLahunta, Phil Barnard and Wayne McGregor

Author note

Jo Butterworthdirects a part-time postgraduate degree in Choreography at Fontys Dansacademie, Fontys Professional University, Tilburg, Holland. She is a Board member of Random Dance, the Bird Foundation, and Northern Ballet Theatre and has chaired SCODHE, (Standing Conference of Dance in Higher Education) and the Dance Section of ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts).

Liesbeth Wildschut lectures in dance history and dance theory in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Utrecht University. She is chair of the Dutch Society for Dance Research.