Choreographic Practices (Intellect Press) Special Issue Questioning the Contemporary in 21st Century British Dance Practices

Deadline: December 15th 2014.

Guest Associate Editors: Laura Griffiths and Beth Cassani (Leeds Beckett University)
Assistant Editor: Courtney Hopf

Call for Contributions

This special issue of Choreographic Practices Journal – ‘Questioning the Contemporary’ aims to draw together, contribute to and exemplify debates around ‘thinking dance’ and to question current and future 21st Century British dance practices and their place in the contemporary cultural landscape.

Earlier this year, artists and scholars were invited to engage in ‘Thinking Dance’ and a symposium –Questioning the Contemporary in 21st Century British Dance Practices. This collaborative research project initiated by Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and other key organisations in the region aimed to articulate and capture key current and future landscapes of British dance practices. We invite scholars and practitioners to contribute to this discourse within this special journal issue through research essays, transcribed debates, interviews, performance documentation and the like. A set of key themes are outlined below.


Choreographic Practices provides a space for disseminating choreographic practices, critical inquiry and debate. Serving the needs of students, teachers, academics and practitioners in dance (and the related fields of theatre, live art, video/media, and performance), the journal operates from the principle that dance embodies ideas and can be productively enlivened when considered as a mode of critical and creative discourse. This journal seeks to engender dynamic relationships between theory and practice, choreographer and scholar, such that these distinctions may be shifted and traversed. See:,id=170/view,page=0/

We invite contributions that interrogate notions of ‘the contemporary’ in British dance by addressing issues; themes and cultural trends that we might consider as key to British dance practices. We seek new critical insights into interdisciplinary, immersive, participatory and collaborative practices, and an articulation of how these may elucidate the contemporary. Submissions that reflect upon the historic lineages of contemporary dance in Britain and their relationship to new and emerging contexts are welcome. Contributions that capture and articulate choreographic practices explicitly engaging with ‘the contemporary’, aesthetically, thematically, politically or socially, and employ practice-as-research/practice-led research as a methodology are especially encouraged.


The above might include considerations of:

  • Ways in which dance practices might both respond to and shape 21st century emerging British cultural concerns.
  • Contemporary relationships to representations of the political body and identity through dance practices.
  • Experimental approaches to dance making
  • Audience-spectator relationships across different dance contexts that reflect ‘contemporary concerns’.
  • Contemporary propositions for the interpretation, experience, critique and creation of dance.

Key Research Questions:

  • What is the meaning of ‘contemporary’ in 21st Century British Dance Practices?
  • Can a British identity in 21st century dance practices exist? How can we articulate a 21stCentury British aesthetic?
  • What are the implications for British dance in the 21st century in relation to the notion of  ‘Great Art and for Culture Everyone’ (Arts Council England 2013) ?
  • How do current practices and processes articulate the contemporary in political, cultural or social terms?

We ask that authors/artists submit articles or artists pages that articulate these questions and offer refreshing critical angles on contemporary practice and its place in our cultural experience.

How to Submit to Choreographic Practices
It is our intention to publish this special issue as either the spring or autumn issue in 2015, thereforeyour contribution would need to be sent to: 
Deadline: December 15th 2014.

Choreographic Practices is an international peer-reviewed journal, thereby all articles published in the journal undergo rigorous peer-review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. All reviewers are internationally recognized in their fields.

Peer-review reports will normally be returned to us within two months and the editors will provide feedback to you shortly after.

Submission of an article to the journal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article have been given to the publishers.

Instructions for Authors
Submissions: Full article, including article title, abstract (200 words) and keywords. And, in another document, please include author’s name and affiliation, biography (200 words), plus contact details – both postal and email addresses.

Length: Up to approx 6,000 words (or equivalent in other formats)

Format: Word format

File Labelling: Clearly name your file with the title of your submission

Spacing and fonts: Please double-space your article and use Arial (or similar) font, size 11 or 12.

Referencing: Choreographic Practices follows the Harvard Style Guide with a full reference list at the end of the article.

See Intellect’s Style Guide for full presentation details.

Images: Choreographic Practices will be able to carry photographic images. If you have access to high quality images appropriate for your article it would be very helpful if you could send 2 or 3 such images in a separate file but with your article. Images should be sent as JPeg or tiff files at 300 dpi. If you are able to send us images please ensure that each contains relevant information including date, title and name of photographer and that the file name is clear. NB. You are responsible for obtaining all appropriate permissions.

Writing style: We encourage a diverse range of writing styles and layouts in line with the form, purpose and content of each submission. You might also consider our readership of dance artists, scholars, students, teachers, academics and practitioners in dance and related fields when writing.

It will also be assumed that the author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as quotations, musical examples, images, tables, etc.

If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Laura Griffiths or Beth Cassani (associate editors for special issue) and

If you have more general questions about Choreographic Practices or how to submit, contact, Courtney Hopf at:

We very much look forward to receiving your submissions and continuing the conversation,
Laura Griffiths and Beth Cassani (Leeds Beckett University)


Choreographic Practices
Vida L Midgelow and Jane M Bacon (Editors),
Courtney Hopf (Assistant Editor)