Celebrating Chapeltown

We’ve added a new book to the library collections… a photographic celebration of Chapeltown & its residents… including members of the NSCD community… why not pop down & take a peek?

Chapeltown Road

In March/April 2015 local photographer Jonathan Turner exhibited his ‘Street Studio’ photographs in Leeds. Images from the exhibition have been published in a book which you can now access in the NSCD Library… you’ll find it at 770 TUR in the Main Book Collection or in its temporary home on the new book display

Jonathan Turner’s photographs capture the subtle layers of individuality in his many subjects, who themselves represent the vast range of cultures in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.

Interviewed exclusively for the NSCD Library Blog, Jonathan commented:

…The project was conceived as a kind of celebratory survey of community in the area of Chapeltown. The idea that multiple communities can, and do, co-exist within one geographical community, is at the heart of the project, and at a time where there is so much negativity around ideas of Britishness & immigration I felt, and still feel that this is something that needs to be championed...”

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Roscoe Methodist Church

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Sikh Temple

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance

According to Leeds City Council data around 70 different languages are spoken in Chapeltown… a testament to a vibrant multiculture: multiple communities happily coexisting alongside one another” Garry Hunter, Creative Director, Fitzrovia Noir Community Interest Company

Thank you to Jonathan for providing the images used in this blog post, you can find out more about Jonathan & his work here.

Library & Digital Assistant Vacancy

Position: Library & Digital Assistant

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

We are seeking to fill the post of Library & Digital Assistant, to provide assistance to the Librarian in the day-to-day operation of the School’s Library.

The post holder will work in the school’s busy library supporting our academic staff, Foundation, degree, MA students and visiting artists.  In addition to assisting library users at the library counter and carrying out general library duties such as shelving, filing, stocktaking etc, you will be involved in the day to day operation of systems for transferring existing and future performance recordings to the digital platform and for inclusion in the library collections.

More generally, you will assist the Librarian in the development and timely operation of efficient counter systems, satisfying equipment bookings and ensuring students and staff receive a professional and friendly library service.

You will have a good level of education with a minimum of two A Levels (Grade A-E) and GCSE Maths and English (Grade A-C), with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and proven competence utilising a range of software systems.

With proven administrative skills, including experience of customer service, you will also be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the technical requirements of maintaining equipment.

You will also need to demonstrate experience or a good understanding of the skills required for transferring recordings to a Digital format, and the scheduling, uploading and editing of performance, assessment and off-air footage on the library’s digital platform.

Full training on all library platforms/software will be provided.

Closing date for applications:  12 noon on Friday 20 January 2017.

Interviews to be held: Week commencing 23 January 2017.

Strictly no agencies please

A job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded from http://www.nscd.ac.uk/job-vacancies/ 



Books glorious books…

We’ve added some new books to the collections… why not pop down & take a peek at the new books display or the ‘what’s new’ section of the NSCD Library OPAC to find out what we’ve added?

These are just some of the new books we’ve added, click on the book covers to find out more about each title…

Javaphilia : American love affairs with Javanese music & dance
Henry Spiller

780.959.82 SPI
Main Book Collection

Fragrant tropical flowers, opulent batik fabrics, magnificent bronze gamelan orchestras, and, of course, aromatic coffee. Such are the exotic images of Java, Indonesia’s most densely populated island, that have hovered at the periphery of North American imaginations for generations. Through close readings of the careers of four “javaphiles”—individuals who embraced Javanese performing arts in their own quests for a sense of belonging—Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance explores a century of American representations of Javanese performing arts by North Americans. While other Asian cultures made direct impressions on Americans by virtue of firsthand contacts through immigration, trade, and war, the distance between Java and America, and the vagueness of Americans’ imagery, enabled a few disenfranchised musicians and dancers to fashion alternative identities through bold and idiosyncratic representations of Javanese music and dance.

Memory, space, sound
Johannes Brusila, et al (ed)

781 MEM
Main Book Collection

Memory, Space and Sound presents a collection of essays from scholars in a range of disciplines that together explore the social, spatial, and temporal contexts that shape different forms of music and sonic practice. The contributors deploy different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches from musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, cultural history, media studies, and cultural studies as they analyze an array of examples, including live performances, music festivals, audiovisual material, and much more.

Moving consciously : somatic transformations through dance, yoga, & touch
Sondra Fraleigh

615.82 ATT
Main Book Collection

The popularity of yoga and Zen meditation has heightened awareness of somatic practices. Individuals develop the conscious embodiment central to somatics work via movement and dance, or through touch from a skilled teacher or therapist often called a somatic bodyworker. Methods of touch and movement foster generative processes of consciousness in order to create a fluid interconnection between sensation, thought, movement, and expression.

In Moving Consciously, Sondra Fraleigh gathers essays that probe ideas surrounding embodied knowledge and the conscious embodiment of movement and dance. Using a variety of perspectives on movement and dance somatics, Fraleigh and other contributors draw on scholarship and personal practice to participate in a multifaceted investigation of a thriving worldwide phenomenon. Their goal: to present the mental and physical health benefits of experiencing one’s inner world through sensory awareness and movement integration.

A stimulating addition to a burgeoning field, Moving Consciously incorporates concepts from East and West into a timely look at life-changing, intertwined practices that involve dance, movement, performance studies, and education.

Contributors: Richard Biehl, Robert Bingham, Hillel Braude, Alison East, Sondra Fraleigh, Kelly Ferris Lester, Karin Rugman, Catherine Schaeffer, Jeanne Schul, and Ruth Way.

Attending to movement : somatic perspectives on living in this world
Sarah Whatley, et al (ed)

615.82 MOV
Main Book Collection

This edited collection draws on the conference, Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World, run at C-DaRE, the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, 12 – 14 July, 2013.

Somatic practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a wide range of subject domains cross discipline borders and investigate the approaches that embodied thinking and action can offer to philosophical and socio-cultural inquiry.

The book celebrates and builds upon the work of visionary dance artist, teacher and scholar Gill Clarke (1954 –2011), who championed the value of somatic approaches within and beyond dance education and creative practice.

Body & performance 
Sandra Reeve (ed)

792.028 BOD
Main Book Collection

12 contemporary approaches to the human body that are being used by performers or in the context of performance training.

The second in a series of books entitled: Ways of Being a Body.

Following on from Sandra Reeve’s Nine Ways of Seeing a Body (which offered a historical perspective on different key approaches to the body over time), this new edited collection brings together a wide range of contemporary approaches to the body that are being used by performers or in the context of performance training.

The intention is for students, dancers, performers, singers, musicians, directors and choreographers to locate their own preferred approach(es) to the body-in-performance amongst the lenses described here. The collection is also designed to facilitate further research  in that direction as well as to signpost alternatives that might enrich their current vocabulary.

All 12 approaches represent the praxis and research of their authors. The chapters reveal a wide variety of different interests but they share the common framework of the notion of ‘body as flux’, of ‘no fixed or determined sense of self’ and of supporting the performer’s being-becoming-being as a skilful creative entity, emphasising the intelligence of the body at work.

The performing subject in the space of technology : through the virtual, towards the real
Matthew Causey, et al (ed)

700.105 PER
Main Book Collection

This book reflects on the aftermath of shifts encountered in the maturing of digital culture in areas of critical theory and artistic practices, focusing on the awareness that contemporary subjectivity is one that dwells within both the virtual and the real.

Now that the shock of the virtual has subsided toward a ‘new-normal’ of computational interference in all areas of life, it is an advantageous moment to reflect on the passage through the virtual and back to the real. Digital culture has developed into a bio-virtual environment in which the categories of the biological and the virtual no longer stand as separate. The contributors to this volume respond to the questions raised by the ‘after-event’ of the digital through practice-led research analyses of performance processes, philosophical readings of the work of art and technology, and performance studies investigations of the subject in the spaces of technology. The volume examines a wide range of activities, from bio-art to internet child pornography, gaming and social networking technologies to the use of motion-tracking in developing choreography and documentation. The authors draw from diverse perspectives in dance, theatre, performance, film and music studies, digital arts and culture.

Gaga about books…

We’ve just added 3 copies of the new Gaga book to the library collections.


Embodied philosophy in dance : Gag & Ohad Naharin’s movement research
Einav Katan

792.801 KAT
Main Book Collection

Representing the first comprehensive analysis of Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s aesthetic approach, this book following the sensual and mental emphases of the movement research practiced by dancers of the Batsheva Dance Company. Considering the body as a means of expression, Embodied Philosophy in Dance deciphers forms of meaning in dance as a medium for perception and realization within the body. In doing so, the book addresses embodied philosophies of mind, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and social theories in order to illuminate the perceptual experience of dancing. It also reveals the interconnections between physical and mental processes of reasoning and explores the nature of physical intelligence.

Contents include:

Dance as Embodied Philosophy — Habitus, Embodied Knowledge, and Physical Intelligence — Embodied Reflections — “Float!” — Enacting Perception — Extending Perception — Dancing Metaphors — The Phenomenological Method of Gaga — “Connect Effort into Pleasure!” — The Challenge of a Perceptual Gap between Body and Mind — The Involvement of Psychology and Physicality — Comprehending Emotions and Directing a Mood — Intentionality and the Aesthetic Will — Multitasking Inquiries — Decision Making — The Intelligible Form — Rhythm: Synchronization of Body and Mind — The Physical Practice of Intelligence — The Dancing Body as a Means of Expression — Understanding Expressions — Moving Forms of Dance

Source: Palgrave (14/11/16)

Why not pop down & take a peek at the new books display or the ‘what’s new’ section of the NSCD Library OPAC to find out what else we’ve added to the collections recently?

Freshly pressed journals…

Lots of new journal issues have been arriving in the library over the last few weeks… you’ll find the current issues on the journal rack, so why not pop down & take a look?

Recently received…

Dancing Times

October’s Dancing Times is the first to come to you from DT’s new office in Battersea Square. There’s a Russian feel to this month’s magazine, with interviews with young dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mikhailovsky and with Vladimir Urin, the formidable director of the Bolshoi Theatre. They also feature ballroom and Latin show Burn the Floor, works by Kenneth MacMillan and Dance Today Teacher of the Year, plus their competition celebrating the best of the UK’s social dance teachers.

More info : http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/october-2016-issue/
Published : monthly
Format : print

Dance Chronicle

To serious students and lovers of dance, Dance Chronicle is indispensable for keeping up with this rapidly changing field. It covers a wide variety of topics, including dance and music, theatre, film, literature, painting, and aesthetics. The July 2016 issue features articles on : Exercises in Discipline and Freedom? The Graham Technique (Johanna Heil), Re-Generating Kinesthetic History: The Dynamics of Transmitting William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, Reproduced (Heather Young Reed), The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library : A History of Innovation and Advocacy for Dance (Arlene Yu), & much more.

More info : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ldnc20/current 
Published : termly
Format : print
Electronic access : 04/01/1977 to present on the IBTD Database via OpenAthens

Dance Research Journal

Dance Research Journal is the longest running, peer reviewed journal in its field, and has
become one of the foremost international outlets for dance research scholarship. The journal carries scholarly articles, book reviews, and a list of books and journals received.

The August 2016 issues features articles on : German Gymnastics, Modern German Dance, and Nazi Aesthetics (Marion Kant), Wigman’s Witches: Reformism, Orientalism, Nazism (former NSCD Lecturer, Alexandra Kolb), Dancing Argentine Modernity: Imagined Indigenous Bodies on the Buenos Aires Concert Stage (1915–1966) (Victoria Fortuna), Dance, Sexuality, and Utopian Subversion Under the Argentine Dictatorship of the 1960s: The Case of Oscar Aráiz’s The Rite of Spring and Ana Itelman’s Phaedra (Juan Ignacio Vallejos), and more…

List of contents : https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/dance-research-journal/latest-issue#
Published : 3 times a year
Format : print
Electronic access : 12/01/2003 to present on the IBTD Database via OpenAthens

Finnish Dance in Focus

This super little journal features artists, phenomena, and ideas on the Finnish dance scene and is published once a year by Dance Info Finland to promote & widen awareness of Finnish Dance outside Finland.

The 2016 issue looks at : Community and Dance, New faces, Phenomena : Dance and Films, Choreographers in Focus & the Directory of Finnish Dance…

List of contents : http://www.danceinfo.fi/en/finnish-dance-in-focus/
Published : annual
Format : print

Medical Problems of Performing Artists

Medical Problems of Performing Artists is the first clinical medical journal devoted to the Medical Problems of Performing Artists - Volume 31 Issue 3etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and psychological disorders related to the performing arts. Original peer-reviewed research papers cover topics including neurologic disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, voice and hearing disorders, anxieties, stress, substance abuse, and other health issues related to actors, dancers, singers, musicians, and other performers.

List of contents : https://www.sciandmed.com/mppa/
Published : annual
Format : print
Electronic access : On an NSCD computer simply go to the MPPA website @ https://www.sciandmed.com/mppa/, select ‘log in’ from the menu bar at the top of the page & input the following information:

Subscriber Number: 65539
Zip/Postal Code: LS7 4BH

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training

Publication CoverTheatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT) is a rigorously peer-reviewed journal that acts as a research forum for practitioners, academics, creative artists and pedagogues interested in training in all its complexity. The journal prides itself on revealing the vital and diverse processes of training and their relationship to performance making, including those from the past, from the present, and into the future. This diversity is reflected in the journal’s international scope and interdisciplinary form and focus.

The July 2016 issue features articles on : Stanislavsky’s quest for the Ideal Actor: the System as Socratic encounter (Ysabel Clare), Writing with practice: Body Weather performance training becomes a medium of artistic research (Joa Hug), Marey or Muybridge on movement (Dick McCaw), An Anatomy of Exercise (Thomas Wilson), and more…

List of contents : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtdp20/current
Published : 3 times a year
Format : print