This, the fourth book in the series 'Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific', explores the current dance scene in Australia from a wide perspective that mirrors the creative engagement of artists with Australian culture and the landscape. It looks at Indigenous dance, choreography beyond theatre, youth and community dance, Australian dancers’ versatility and risk-taking. The comprehensive essays recount immigrant influences, the legacy of the Ballets Russes and Bodenwieser companies, dance on stage and screen, education and training and the story of Ausdance the unique nation-wide voice and political advocacy organisation for dance.
About the Author
Stephanie Burridge lectures at Singapore Management University, Singapore and is a dance critic, author and Editor of the Routledge series 'Celebrating Dance in Asia and the Pacific'.
Juile Dyson is National Director at Australian Dance Council Ausdance.
Table of Contents
Foreword Robyn Archer xi
Preface Stephanie Burridge xvii
Introduction Stephanie Burridge Julie Dyson xxiii
1 Shaping the Landscape Jill Sykes 1
2 Forging an Identity: Transformation and Synthesis in Twentieth Century Australian Dance Jordan Beth Vincent Lee Christofis 13
3 Connecting Through Dance and Story Stephanie Burridge 34
4 Awakening the Spirit: Telling the Stories Stephen Page in Conversation Cheryl Stock 52
5 Contemporary Indigenous Dance: The Importance of NAISDA Garry Lester 68
6 Treading the Pathways: Independent Indigenous Dance Marilyn Miller 77
7 Different Inflections Cheryl Stock 84
8 Knowledge, Experience and a Dash of Rebellion: Dance Training in Australia Maggi Phillips 103
9 Generations Dancing Jeff Meiners 120
10 Dancers on a Precipice Garry Stewart 137
11 Together in Isolation: New Moves Across Time and Place Amanda Card 155
12 Connecting the Voices: The Story of Ausdance Julie Dyson 174
13 Looking for the Dance: Other Spaces, Different Times Shirley McKechnie 194
Artists' Voices and Biographies Kelley Abbey Phillip Adams David Atkins Stephen Baynes Narelle Benjamin Raymond Blanco Elizabeth Cameron Dalman Kate Champion Kate Denborough Tess de Quincey Clare Dyson Lucy Guerin Antony Hamilton Nanette Hassall Sue Healey Helen Herbertson Liz Lea Brian Lucas David McAllister David McMicken Tracie Mitchell Graeme Murphy Gideon Obarzanek John O'Connell Shaun Parker Chrissie Parrott Sue Peacock Dein Perry Frances Rings Hellen Sky Meryl Tankard Vicki Van Hout Leigh Warren Graeme Watson Gavin Webber Natalie Weir.