More new stuff…

We’ve added some more gems to the library collections over the last week…

Simone Forti : thinking with the body
Sabine Breitwieser (ed)

792.82092 FOR
Main Book Collection

Artist, choreographer, and dancer Simone Forti is a pivotal figure in both postmodern dance and minimalist art. Through such works as the celebrated Dance Constructions, which incorporated minimalist objects made of plywood and ropes, she has created radically new ways of looking at dance, approaches that continue to be influential today.

This book documents nearly two hundred of Forti’s works, using more than five hundred color images that represent the incredible diversity of her output. Showcasing her work across holograms, drawings, sound, video, and live performance, the book documents her incredible career and makes a case for the unprecedented nature of her achievement.

Source:, 14/5/15

Ahnen ahnen: rehearsal fragments
Pina Bausch

DVD/Video Collection

With this inexpensively shot film Pina Bausch gives a glimpse into the day-to-day work of rehearsals. Uncompromising, without a thought for the potential spectators’ viewing habits or the build up of dramatic tension, she works with film – a new medium for her – showing only what interests her. The DVD is accompanied by a book containing the film dialogues…

Engaging bodies : the politics and poetics of corporeality
Ann Cooper Albright

792.8 ALB
Main Book Collection

For twenty-five years, Ann Cooper Albright has been exploring the intersection of cultural representation and somatic identity in dance. For Albright, dancing is a physical inquiry, a way of experiencing and participating in the world, and her writing reflects an interdisciplinary approach to seeing and thinking about dance. In her engagement as both a dancer and a scholar, Albright draws on her kinesthetic sensibilities as well as her intellectual knowledge to articulate how movement creates meaning. Throughout Engaging Bodies movement and ideas lean on one another to produce a critical theory anchored in the material reality of dancing bodies. This blend of cultural theory and personal circumstance will be useful and inspiring for emerging scholars and dancers looking for a model of writing about dance that thrives on the interconnectedness of watching and doing, gesture and thought.

Source:, 14/5/15

Liz Lerman’s critical response process : a method for getting useful feedback on
anything you make, from dance to dessert
Liz Lerman & John Borstel

701.18 LER
Main Book Collection

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) is a feedback system based on the principle that the best possible outcome from a response session is for the maker to want to go back to work. Whether returning to the studio, the desk, the kitchen, or the laboratory, CRP gives tools both to people who are making work and people who are responding to that work.

In use for over twenty years, CRP has been embraced by artmakers, educators, scientists, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, science centers, museums, and beyond. The Process has deepened dialogue between makers and audiences; it has enhanced learning between teachers and students. It has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts, from kindergartens to corporations.

Source:, 14/5/15

Exploring body-mind centering : an anthology of experience and method
Gill Wright Miller, et al (ed)

612.76 EXP
Main Book Collection

Exploring Body-Mind Centering features 35 essays on Body-Mind Centering (BMC), an experiential practice based on the application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, and developmental principles. Using the work of BMC founder Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen as a springboard, the book showcases diverse situations—from medical illness to blocked creativity—in which this discipline is applied with transformative results.

Exploring Body-Mind Centering is divided into three sections, preceded by an introduction framing BMC as a pathway to becoming aware of relationships that exist throughout the body and mind and using that awareness to act. The first section lays the groundwork for this process, with real-life experiences and exercises that encourage readers to interact with the text. Section two contains valuable case stories describing the experiences of BMC students and practitioners as they work with clients. Section three shows how BMC can be integrated with other disciplines and practices that include the arts, medicine, and yoga. The book concludes with a biography of Cohen, a profile of the
School for Body-Mind Centering, and a history of BMC.

Source:, 14/5/15

Dance, education and philosophy
Graham McFee (ed)

792.801 DAN
Main Book Collection

This book is concerned with the relationship, from a philosophical perspective, between dance pedagogy and the core values of dance. Contributions are by established scholars of international repute from the United Kingdom and the USA. These international scholars include the founding “fathers” of recent dance aesthetics, and a new generation of philosophical theorists of dance. Although the book is written on a rigorously philosophical basis, nevertheless its avoidance of undue technicality guarantees its accessibility to the general reader. The editor’s introduction locates the separate contributions in the broader context of contemporary debate.
The book features discussions of:
• Dance understanding and appreciation
• The nature of dance
• The educational potential of dance
• The place of dance in higher education
• The place of philosophy in dance studies

Of essential interest to the academic and research community, the book will also serve as a valuable resource for students.

Source:, 14/5/15

Dance on its own terms : histories and methodologies
Melanie Bales, et al (ed)

792.809 DAN
Main Book Collection

Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies anthologizes a wide range of subjects examined from dance-centered methodologies: modes of research that are emergent, based in relevant systems of movement analysis, use primary sources, and rely on critical, informed observation of movement. The anthology fills a gap in current scholarship by emphasizing dance history and core disciplinary knowledge rather than theories imported from disciplines outside dance. Individual chapters serve as case studies that are further organized into three categories of significant dance activity: performance and reconstruction, pedagogy and choreographic process, and notational and other written forms that analyze and document dance. The breadth of the content reflects the richness and vibrancy of the dance field; each deeply informed examination serves as a window opening onto the larger world of dance. Conceptually, each chapter also raises concerns and questions that point to broadly inclusive methodological applications. Engaging and insightful, Dance on its Own Terms represents a major contribution to research on dance.

Source:, 14/5/15