lisa nelson

I happened across an interview with the remarkable US improviser Lisa Nelson the other day. It features prolonged footage of her dancing with Steve Paxton sometime in the 1970s at Judson Church in New York. She is such an articulate and thoughtful person, and – with that warm and gravelly voice – she says some beautiful …

not knowing

I’ve been interested in the processes and values of not knowing and attention for such a long time. Here, Bryan Saner writes beautifully about knowledge and the limitations of knowledge: In order for humans to believe or say anything with certainty we tend to select what we view. This selection is sometimes related to the characteristics of …

supervision and the loop

One of the great pleasures and privileges of my job is to work with postgraduate – Masters and PhD – students who are interested in the possibilities and limitations of choreography. Each student brings diverse curiosities, backgrounds, (un)certainties, training and tastes such that my job, at least in part, is often to figure out how …

igor and moreno and boldness

For the last three or four years I’ve been working with choreographer-dancers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas (igorandmoreno.com). My official role seems to be “Artistic Associate” and it’s fair to say what I do is rather nebulous – dramaturge, support, outside-eye, provocateur – although the bottom line is that I try and do whatever might be required …

pursuing interest

In the ‘teacher’ part of my professional life, I spend a lot of time working and talking with students about the nature of assessment in performance. One of the main problems we encounter is finding strategies to help the students avoid the kind o…

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From my colleague Erica Stanton:I am reminded of some wise words from educationist Elliott Eisner and look forward to a time when – ??? more importance is placed on exploration than on discovery, more value is assigned to surprise than to control, m…

Some more on working with Bagryana Popov

I’ve just finished working in the studio with Bagryana Popov. She and I have been working together on a solo work since October 2007 when we started work in Bitola (Macedonia). Since then we’ve spent time in the studio in Sofia (Bulgaria), and Mel…