New books…

Unworking choreography : the notions of the work in dance | Frederic Pouillaude

Unworking Choreography considers how philosophy traditionally understands dance as space rather than art in order to postulate a new theory of unworking that is grounded in both historical and contemporary dance.

Frédéric Pouillaude, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Art, University of Paris.

Main Book Collection | 792.801 POU


Dance & politics l Dana Mills

This book examines the political power of dance, particularly its transgressive potential. Focusing on readings of dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, Gumboots dancers in the gold mines of South Africa, the One Billion Rising movement, dabke in Palestine and dance as a protest against human rights abuse in Israel, it explores moments in which the form succeeds in transgressing politics as articulated in words. Close readings and critical analysis grounded in radical democratic theory combine to show how reading political dance as ‘interruption’ can unsettle conceptions of both politics and dance.

Main Book Collection | 306.4846 MIL


Freshly pressed…

022_3_front_on_proximity_240x334Performance Research | Vol.22 No.3, April/May 2017

The latest issue of Performance Research has arrived in the library, you’ll find the print copy on the journal rack. The focus of this issue is ‘On Proximity’ & includes articles from Deborah Schultz, Susan Wiseman & Ben Cranfield.

You can view the contents listing & the full text articles on the Taylor & Francis platform from any NSCD computer.


Motor Learning & Control for Dance : Principles & practices for performers & teachers | Donna H. Krasnow & M. Virginia Wilmerding

Motor Learning & Control for Dance is the first textbook to blend dance science, somatic practices, & pedagogy & address motor learning theory from a dance perspective. It focuses on motor development, motor control, & motor learning while showcasing principles & practices for students and teachers.

Main Book Collection | 617.1027 KRA

CTHETeaching in Higher Education | Vol.22 No.8, November 2017

The latest issue of Teaching in Higher Education has arrived in the library, you’ll find the print copy on the journal rack. This issue includes articles from Karen Ellery, Katy Pilcher & Leone M. Howes. Covering critical thinking, transitional pedagogic practices in the sciences & learning analytics.

You can view the contents listing & the full text articles on the Taylor & Francis platform from any NSCD computer.


The Mastery of Movement | Rudolf Laban

Laban’s The Mastery of Movement on the Stage, first published in 1950, quickly came to be accepted as the standard work on his conception of human movement. When he died, Laban was in the process of preparing a new edition of the book, and so for some time after his death it was out of print. That a second edition appeared was solely due to the efforts of Lisa Ullmann, who, better than any other person, was aware of the changes that Laban had intended to make. The rather broader treatment of the subject made advisable the change of title, for it was recognised that the book would appeal to all who seek to understand movement as a force in life.

In this fourth edition Lisa Ullmann has taken the opportunity to make margin annotations to indicate the subject matter referred to in a particular section of the text, so that specified topics may be easily found. Kinetograms have been added to most of the examples in Chapters 2 and 3, as Laban originally intended, for the growing number of people who read and write movement notation. Lisa Ullmann has also compiled an Appendix on the the structure of effort, drawing largely on material from an unpublished book by Laban.

Main Book Collection | 792.82 LAB



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.

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?