Dance and Technology Working Group
Chair: Susan Lynn Wiesner
Contact: (T) 678-362-1340, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dance and Technology working group is a newly formed group that will meet for the first time at the 2012 SDHS conference in Philadelphia. At that time, the group will determine its mission, goals, discussion points, and communications methods. That said, it is time to begin the discourse surrounding dance and technology and the nature of the relationship in an historical, socio-political context.

Technology is meant here in its broadest sense, as it can be as simple as the first use of electric lighting onstage to the more recent mis-use of the internet to inspire choreography. Some discussion points might include:

  • How has technology been used by choreographers throughout history?
  • machinery in performance, past present and future
  • machinery as performance
  • avant-garde uses of technology (Fuller)
  • mid-20th century explorations of technology (e.g. Nikolais)
  • late 20th century uses of technology in performance/interactive performance (Bill T. Jones’ and Cunningham’s use of motion capture technologies)
  • computer-generated music both for and in dance performance
  • using the internet to research dance, wikis, factual errors, information overload
  • youtube in all of its wonders as an error-ridden — yet still valuable — tool
  • technology in the classroom
  • the benefits and dangers of social networking and dance (twitter, facebook, youtube)
  • copyright and the internet, international differences in laws
  • interdisciplinary projects between engineers, dancers, and choreographers
  • animation, motion capture, and robotics
  • technology as a preservation tool, as an analytical tool
  • metadata for performance works

Please join this working group to voice your ideas and determine the future of the group as we boldly step into the wired future.

SDHS publications

Studies in Dance History SDHS’s monograph series, published by University of Wisconsin Press, answers a growing demand for works that provide fresh analytical perspectives on dancing, dancers, and dances in a global context. Read more...

[cover of 2015 Conversations] Issued yearly in early spring generally, Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies reflects the dynamic and diverse membership of SDHS. We seek to bring you themes and debates current in the field of dance studies and the profession, alongside news from the international community of scholars in dance and related disciplines. Read more...

  • 2016 SDHS + CORD Joint Conference
    Beyond Authenticity & Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission
    Nov 3-6, 2016
    Pomona College, Claremont, CA

  • 2017 CORD + SDHS Joint Conference
    Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance
    October 19-22, 2017
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA
    Call for Proposals will be posted in November 2016
To presenters at the 2015 joint conference with CORD in Athens Greece. Guidelines for submission of conference proceedings may be found here.

SDHS announces this year’s award recipients. Awards will be presented at the SDHS/CORD conference in June.

Dance Chronicle announces Founding Editors’ Awards, honoring Barbara Palfy in 2015. Sponsored by Dance Chronicle and Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Conversations call for contributions: Dancing the African Diaspora. Guest Editors: Takiyah Nur Amin and Thomas F. DeFrantz. Note that the deadline for submissions has again been extended. It is now July 15, 2015.

Updated 8 June: Upcoming events

Updated 15 March: Conference announcements and calls for papers

Updated 23 May: Job postings and opportunities for students

SDHS endorses MLA statement on learning another language

Connect to through this link and a percentage of your purchase will help fund graduate student travel to SDHS conferences.