Category Archives: Publications

Book Publication and Launch – Radical Space: Exploring Politics and Practice

Dance colleagues interested in space, place, power relations and politics might be interested in this new publication, details below:

Debra Benita Shaw and Maggie Humm are pleased to announce the publication of their edited volume Radical Space: Exploring politics and practice (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016). This is the second publication in the Radical Cultural Studies series edited by members of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. With contributions from Debra Benita Shaw; Maggie Humm; Joanna Rajkowska; Connell Vaughan; Zlatan Krajina; Victoria Hunter; Carl Lavery; Lee Hassall; Deborah Dixon; Carina Fearnley; Mark Pendleton; Brian Burke-Gaffney; Matt Fish; Angie Voela; Dimitris Papadopoulos; Rob Coley; Kat Deerfield
The book can be purchased from the RLI website at 30% discount using the code MAR1630.


Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 6.30pm

Open School East

The Rose Lipman Building

43 De Beauvoir Road

London, N1 5SQ

All welcome

Deadlines: ASTR Dance/Movement Publication Awards

Deadlines are fast approaching for the Sally Banes Publication Prize (April 1) ( and they will be coming up for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award ( 
Please go to the ASTR awards link ( and click on the links for these two awards for detailed information on guidelines and how to submit. 
There are forms you must submit online. You will be directed to how to submit and send books and articles (e-format is fine) to the Award Committee Team members, Lezlie Cross(Chair), Katherine Mezur, and Susan Tenneriello (contacts online). 
Please find below the two award announcements with details and links to the online form. I would like to encourage everyone to submit your own and others’ dance/movement books and articles (published in the time frame in the requirements section), which have inspired you during this last year or two-year-cycle. Please read over the site information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

New publication ­ Collaboration in Performance Practice ­ Premises, Workings and Failures, Palgrave 2016 ­ special offer 30% discount

Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premise, Workings and Failures
Noyale Colin and Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Eds.)
Palgrave, 2016

Collaboration between artists has been practised for centuries yet over recent decades the act of collaborating has taken different meanings. This publication examines cultural, philosophical and political issues tied to specific instances of collaborative practice in the performing arts. Leading scholars and practitioners review historical developments of collaborative practice and reveal what it means to work together in creative contexts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Key questions addressed include how artists are developing new ways of working together in response to contemporary economic trends, the significance of collaborating across culture and what opportunities are apparent when co-working between genres and disciplines. Noyale Colin and Stefanie Sachsenmaier present these perspectives in three thematic sections that interrogate the premises of collective intentions, the working strategies of current practitioners, as well as the role of failure and compromise in collaborative modes of creative work. This volume is an invaluable resource for scholars, practitioners and those interested in contemporary artistic methods of working.

Special offer – 30% off valid until 30th April 2016

This price is available to individuals only. This offer is not available to our trade and library customers. Orders must be placed direct with Palgrave Macmillan.

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With contributions from:

Caroline Bowditch, Independent Performance Artist and Choreographer, UK
David Bower, Signdance Collective International, UK
Carol Brown, University of Auckland, Australia
Emilyn Claid, Roehampton University, UK
Noyale Colin, University of Winchester, UK
Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, University of Surrey, UK
Pedro de Senna, Middlesex University, UK
Ewan Forster, University of Roehampton, UK
Christopher Heighes, University of Roehampton, UK
Tim Jeeves, Lancaster University, UK
Alexandra Kolb, Middlesex University, UK
Erin Manning, Concordia University, Canada
Susan Melrose, Middlesex University, UK
Simon Murray, University of Glasgow, UK
Moana Nepia, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
Martina Ruhsam, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Stefanie Sachsenmaier, Middlesex University, UK
Kris Salata, Florida State University, USA

New Research in Black Dance Studies

You may be interested in a Special Issue published in the journal The Black Scholar, titled ‘Black Moves: New Research in Black Dance Studies’.

Please find below an abstract from the Introduction:

‘Black Dance Studies sits at the intersection of dance and black studies—two disciplines that demand we contend with difficult archives, ones that we often must gather and produce as we dance and as we write. Black moves are everywhere, all the time; and yet the potent strategies that dance offers us via bodies in motion often goes unnoticed or brushed off as an object of study. And yet: dance illuminates something particular about Blackness, and Blackness illuminates something distinctive about dance. The compelling avenues of research exhibited in this volume extend—in many directions—the capacities of Black Studies to accommodate nuanced, careful discussions of dance as a site and symptom of historical, contemporary, and future modes of black life.’ | Thomas F. DeFrantz & Tara Aisha Willis

Interested? Read more here:

New Publication Salsa World, Edited by Sydney Hutchinson

Salsa World

A Global Dance in Local Contexts

Edited by Sydney Hutchinson

“As Salsa World amply document, the lifts, flips, and dips…were typical of a shift in salsa practice at the turn of the twenty-first century, from a social dance performed in informal settings primarily by Latin/o Americans, to a studio dance phenomena practiced by professionals across a network of formal gatherings and competitions on every continent.… Salsa World takes a more global approach, chronicling the global phenomena of studio salsa in nine essays documenting the studio salsa scene in nine cities in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.”–Dance Research Journal

Since its emergence in the 1960s, salsa has transformed from a symbol of Nuyorican pride into an emblem of pan-Latinism and finally a form of global popular culture. While Latinos all over the world have developed and even exported their own “dance accents,” local dance scenes have arisen in increasingly far-flung locations, each with their own flavor and unique features.

Salsa World examines the ways in which bodies relate to culture in specific places. The contributors, a notable group of scholars and practitioners, analyze dance practices in the U.S., Japan, Spain, France, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Writing from the disciplines of ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, and performance studies, the contributors explore salsa’s kinetopias – places defined by movement, or vice versa- as they have arisen through the dance’s interaction with local histories, identities, and musical forms.

Taken together, the essays in this book examine contemporary salsa dancing in all its complexity, taking special note of how it is localized and how issues of geography, race and ethnicity, and identity interact with the global salsa industry.

Contributors include Bárbara Balbuena Gutiérrez, Katherine Borland, Joanna Bosse, Rossy Díaz, Saúl Escalona, Kengo Iwanaga, Isabel Llano, Jonathan S. Marion, Priscilla Renta, Alejandro Ulloa Sanmiguel, and the editor.

Temple University Press

Studies In Latin America & Caribbean Music

September 2015 240pp  9781439910078 Paperback £20.99 now only £16.79* when you quote CSL16SALSA when you order

Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) issue 9 out now

Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) issue 9 out now

The online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research.

JAR is open-access, free to read and to contribute.

New issue with contributions by:
Nicole De Brabandere (CH), Markéta Dolejšová (CZ), David Prescott-Steed (AU), Karen Savage (GB) and Mick Douglas (AU), Beth Weinstein (US) & James Oliver (AU).

Artistic research in the fields of visual art, food activism, urban exploration, rich-media performance and film and video. Keywords include: affect, walking art, citizen science, drawing, land art, embodiment, nutrition and exhaustion.

Browse the issue at

“JAR has been increasingly successful in engaging the most diverse communities of researchers, who – despite our status as an academic publication – are often activists at the fringes of or outside academia. Our communications with these researchers reveal that, while definitions of ‘research’ remain concerns, the adjective ‘artistic’ in our title perhaps introduces more unnecessary complications than we may initially have anticipated.
… ‘Artistic’ understood through this lens directs attention away from the results of singular human activity and its outcomes towards quasi-autonomous creative and epistemic processes.”

Read the full editorial here

JAR publishes research in a manner that respects artists’ modes of presentation and incorporates web-enabled possibilities for a mix of media, collaboration, debate and discussion. The journal promotes experimental approaches to both writing and reading research, while carefully fulfilling the expectations of a peer-reviewed academic journal. We welcome submissions from across and between disciplines, from artists worldwide, with or without academic affiliation.

The forthcoming deadline for submissions is 29 February 2016. Click for more information on the submission process. Send your correspondence to Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor, Journal for Artistic Research (JAR),

JAR works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers.

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Schwab
Editorial Board: Annette Arlander, Sher Doruff, Barnaby Drabble, Mika Elo, Julian Klein and Isidro López-Aparicio

JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), an independent, non-profit association. You can support JAR by becoming an individual or institutional member of SAR. More information can be found on our new website. For updates on our activities, join our mailing list at

Moving Together Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance by Rudi Laermans

 ·       An original combination of dance studies and sociology
·       Based on detailed analyses of dance works and in-depth conversations with contemporary dance artists
In Moving Together sociologist and dance critic Rudi Laermans clarifies the multiple stakes of contemporary dance through an original combination of dance studies and sociology. Whereas detailed analyses of seminal dance works directly inspire the main conceptual moves in the book, extensive dialogues with dance makers inform the insights on artistic collaboration and co-creation. The book’s structure reflects this dual attention to both individual dance works and their production. Following an introduction in which Laermans contextualizes ‘the Flemish dance wave’, two parts of equal importance focus on ‘theorizing’ and ‘making’ contemporary dance, respectively.

The first part opens with an attempt to circumscribe the specificity of contemporary dance in light of its plural and open-ended character. Through a meticulous examination of contemporary choreographies – with a special focus on the oeuvres of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Meg Stuart – Laermans discusses three main tendencies in contemporary dance: ‘pure’ dance, dance theatre, and reflexive dance. His interpretations of particular dance works frequently expand into more general reflections on, for instance, the self-referential character of movement, theatricality, ‘videography’ or ‘dance in general’. The conceptual subtext that thus unfolds combines insights from diverse theorists (such as Niklas Luhmann, Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze) with those of leading dance scholars, in an original way.

The second, ethnographically inspired part of the book focuses on the multi-faceted dynamics of co-creating dance, particularly within a semi-directive context. Based on personal observations and in-depth interviews with dance artists associated with the thriving Brussels dance scene, Laermans shows how artistic collaboration is in essence a micro-political experiment in ‘commonalism’ and democratizing democracy, characterized by a combination of individual desires, shared expectations and difficult to resolve paradoxes. He carefully unravels this knot and simultaneously frames it sociologically through insightful discussions of the precarity of expressive labour within the contemporary regime of flexible artistic accumulation.

Analysing individual dance works as well as the divergent social contexts preceding or enveloping a dance performance, Moving Together bridges the gap between aesthetics-centred and context-centred tendencies in the study of contemporary dance. It advocates a consistently symmetrical approach in studying art practices that focuses on both text and context, product and production, ‘the aesthetic’ and ‘the social’, by means of divergent conceptual frameworks.

‘Clearly written, meticulously researched and theoretically enriching, Rudi Laermans’ first-hand accounts of key performances by some of the most influential names that have defined contemporary choreography since the mid-1980s make us see how crucial the Flemish dance scene has been for the development of contemporary experimental dance — and therefore, how it has also been a strong influence in those discourses that inform the reception and perception of international dance today. Absolutely essential.’

André Lepecki, Associate Professor in Performance Studies, New York University

Rudi Laermans is Professor of Social Theory at the University of Leuven (BE). He is the author of several books and has published widely on social theory, (post)modernity, and the sociology of the arts. He also frequently writes about contemporary dance and other performing arts.

Offer on The Films of Yvonne Rainer

For those interested in the Yvonne Rainer 50th anniversary event, we thought you might like to know The Films of Yvonne Rainer is available from Combined Academic Publishers, with a 20% discount when ordering with the code CSL1215YRF

“To read Rainer’s screenplays is to rediscover, even reinvent, the films all over again, but more importantly to realize that images and mise-en-scène are as key to how Rainer’s films work as is language.” —The Independent


“The scripts record the unique structure of [Rainer’s] films, the stresses, strains, and crackling of voices layering over and into one another. Their publication is an important moment for feminist film.” —Cineaste


The scripts of Rainer’s five films, presented here along with essays, an interview, and bibliography, demonstrate the evolution of her political consciousness as well as her creative engagement with the contemporary film and cultural scene. These texts challenge the illusionist and ideological presumptions of mainstream culture and cinema.

Series: Theories of Representation and Difference

Indiana University Press

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New publication at Dance Books – ‘Dance Science’ by Gayanne Grossman

Rather than focusing on dance injuries, this new book takes a positive approach showing what a dancer can do to dance better, which, in turn, will decrease injury rates. It presents human anatomy and motion in a functional, dance-specific way that teaches the readers to appreciate and take ownership of their bodies through a tour of the musculoskeletal system and movement analysis.

As usual, you’ll find full details and ordering facilities at the Dance Books web site: