Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory
Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference
York University’s Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Program in Dance, the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and UC Drama at the University of Toronto as well as the Toronto-based companies Dancemakers, Series 8:08 and Nightswimming
June 23 – 26, 2011
For the first time in North America, this conference brings together an international body of scholars and artists to discuss the growing impact of the discipline, history and potential of dance dramaturgy. We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops and PERsentations from a broad spectrum of dance scholarship and practiced-based research on dance dramaturgy, or any other topic in dance.
In the last three decades, the discipline of dance dramaturgy has evolved to facilitate creative and strategic engagement with a multitude of perspectives (including, though not limited to, historical, cultural, social, political, aesthetic, semiotic, perceptual and embodied) that are inherent within and acting upon dance practices. The dance dramaturg is often seen as an important catalyst for choreographic invention as well as dance preservation and audience appreciation. Both the independent and company-based dance dramaturg may be called upon to fulfill the roles of navigator, facilitator, catalyst, curator and documenter.
This conference brings together the resources of York University’s Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Program in Dance, the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and UC Drama at the University of Toronto as well as the Toronto-based companies Dancemakers, Series 8:08 and Nightswimming in an unprecedented collaboration between artistic practice and scholarly research. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in North America and it is a nucleus for numerous dance, theatre and performance artists, physical theatre companies, community arts organizations and arts-focused educational institutions.
News and Important Conference Information
- Conference Schedule Updated June 19, 2011 (Excel file .xls)
N.B. To view different pages in this multi-page Excel file in order to see all the conference days, please click the tabs along the bottom.
- Special Events: Opening Reception, Performances, Field Trips, and Graduate Student Events
- Important Delegate and Presenter Information
- CAMPUS MAPS and Directions (PDF)
- Travel and Accomodations
- Conference Press Release from York University
- Ann Cooper Albright's Interview with Evidance Radio, Toronto about the Conference
General Conference Information
- Registration Pre-registration ends June 15. On-site registration will be available with payment via Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and checks drawn from a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars.
- List of Accepted Presenters and Confirmation Form
- Call for Papers (English and French) SDHS is no longer accepting submissions for this conference.
- About PERsentations and Proposal Form (.doc)
- Proposal Instructions
- Proposal Submission Form
- Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory Conference Theme Information
- Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory Committee Members
- Awards for 2011: the de la Torre Bueno Prize®, the Gertrude Lippincott Award, and the Distinction in Dance Award
- Graduate Student Awards for 2011: the Selma Jeanne Cohen Award and the Graduate Student Travel Grants
Download the full conference poster to share with colleagues and friends (.pdf)
Choreography: Holly Small
Dancers: Louis Laberge-Côté and Keiko Kitano
Photos: John Oswald
Bookmark Design: Randal Boutiller