Dance History: Politics, Practices and Perspectives

13 March 2010
Roehampton University

A one-day symposium hosted jointly by the Centre for Dance Research at Roehampton University and the Society for Dance Research

An international cast of presenters addressed issues of pedagogy, embodiment, re-invention, authenticity, ignored histories, pre-histories, political contexts and historical transitions. Accepted papers will employ case studies with European, American, Asian and African perspectives across theatrical, social and non-western dance forms.


Published by the Society for Dance Research, the proceedings can be downloaded from the SDR website. (Note: the pdf is 16MB and may take a while to download.)


Panel 1

  • Steffi Schroedter, Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater der Universität, Bayreuth, Germany: Paris, qui danse: Movement and Sound Spaces between the July Monarchy and the Second French Empire
  • Noémie Solomon, New York University, USA: Unworking Dance, Redoing Gesture: The Reinvention of History and Subjectivity in French Contemporary Choreography
  • Víctor Durà-Vilà, Durham University, UK: Versatility versus authenticity: a positive answer to a false dilemma
  • Chair: Stephanie Jordan (Roehampton University)

Panel 2

  • Michael Huxley, De Montfort University, UK: “It’s a different way of thinking about dance history isn’t it?” — a student perspective on dance history
  • Hanna Järvinen and Anne Makkonen, Theatre Academy, Finland: Can We Dance History?
  • Chair: Jane Pritchard (Victoria and Albert Museum, Chair Society for Dance Research)

Panel 3

  • Camelia Lenart, State University of New York at Albany, USA: Turning the Tide and Reconstructing the Politics – a New Perspective on Martha Graham’s Tour to Britain in 1954 and the Response to Its Political and Artistic Complexity
  • Jane Carr, Laban, UK: Issues of control and agency: Contemplating Cunningham’s Legacy
  • Henrietta Bannerman, The Place, UK: The Author Revived in the Name of Judson
  • Chair: Helena Hammond (Surrey University)

Panel 4 and Plenary Session

  • Alida Green, University of Pretoria, South Africa: Choreographing the future: writing a South African children’s ballroom dance history
  • Stacey Prickett, Roehampton University, UK: The People’s Dance: workers, politics and movement in 1930s Britain
  • Chairs: Geraldine Morris and Larraine Nicholas (Roehampton University)