Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Contemporary Choreography presents a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and innovative challenges to traditional understandings of dance making.

Contributions from a global range of practitioners and researchers address a spectrum of concerns in the field, organized into seven broad domains:

  • Conceptual and philosophical concerns
  • Processes of making
  • Dance dramaturgy: structures, relationships, contexts
  • Choreographic environments
  • Cultural and intercultural contexts
  • Challenging aesthetics
  • Choreographic relationships with technology.

Including 23 new chapters and 10 updated ones, Contemporary Choreography captures the essence and progress of choreography in the twenty-first century, supporting and encouraging rigorous thinking and research for future generations of dance practitioners and scholars.

chapter |4 pages

General introduction

Studying contemporary choreography

section 1|79 pages

Conceptual and philosophical concerns

chapter 1|14 pages

Knowing through dance-making

Choreography, practical knowledge and practice-as-research

chapter 2|16 pages

Expert-intuitive and deliberative processes

Struggles in (the wording of) creative decision-making in ‘dance’

chapter 3|13 pages

‘Throwing like a girl’?

Gender in a transnational world

chapter 4|14 pages

Choreography that poses problems

chapter 5|16 pages

Choreography as research

Iteration, object, context

section 2|95 pages

Processes of making

chapter 6|18 pages

Too many cooks? *

A framework for dance making and devising

chapter 8|14 pages

Velvet Petal

Getting lost

chapter 10|15 pages

Dancing strategies and moving identities

The contributions independent contemporary dancers make to the choreographic process

chapter |5 pages


section 3|50 pages

Dance dramaturgy: structures, relationships, contexts

chapter 12|16 pages

Dance dramaturgical agency

chapter 13|14 pages

The catalytic function of dramaturgy

Working on actions in choreographic processes

chapter 14|16 pages

Decentred dramaturgy

Non-structural contexts in contemporary choreography

section 4|78 pages

Choreographic environments

chapter 15|14 pages

Dancing around exclusion

An examination of the issues of social inclusion within choreographic practice in the community

chapter 17|11 pages

Escola Livre de Dança da Maré in Rio de Janeiro *

A ground to share

chapter 18|18 pages

Experiencing space

Some implications for site-specific dance performance

chapter 19|14 pages

Whispering Birds *

Site-specific dance, affect and emotion

section 5|89 pages

Cultural and intercultural contexts

chapter 20|15 pages

Principles of African choreography

Some perspectives from Ghana

chapter 21|12 pages

The body as a site of power

An artistic case study on contemporary choreography in the Arab world

chapter 22|16 pages

Beyond the intercultural to the accented body

An Australian perspective

chapter 23|14 pages

Minority visibility and hip hop choreography *

France 2015

chapter 24|13 pages

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan *

Intertwined journeys in-between dance cultures

section 6|59 pages

Challenging aesthetics

chapter 26|14 pages

In search of Asian modernity

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s body aesthetics in the era of globalisation

chapter 27|14 pages

The body as the stage of abstract space

Sculpting of spectatorship in Meg Stuart’s choreography

chapter 28|13 pages

Hi, who are you?

On choreography and the aged dancer

chapter 29|14 pages

Inclusive choreography

Lucy Bennett and Stopgap Dance Company

section 7|69 pages

Choreographic relationships with technology

chapter 31|12 pages

Virtually touching *

Embodied engagement in telematic and virtual reality performance

chapter 33|17 pages

Social media and choreographic practice

Creative tools for collaboration, co-creation and creative practice