ABSTRACT

This chapter sets out to explore some of the issues and challenges involved in choreographing dance in community settings, with examples drawn from four contexts. Some of these dances are created with performers from an existing community group; in other cases the dancers have been brought together for the duration of the project and, after the performance, the group disperses. In addition to community dance that is performed in theatres, work is often presented in a variety of venues including prisons, city centre parks, seaside promenades, hospital wards, village greens, schools and shopping centres.