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Our Guest Editor for 2015/16 is dramaturg Ruth Little, who will publish six articles throughout the year. Check back every two months for contributions, some articles will be written by Ruth, and others by writers of her choice.


  • 2015: Guest Editor, Ruth Little

    The Institute of Controlled Falling is a space for consideration of the probability and possibilities of falling. In the coming months we will gather the perspectives and insights of artists and scientists ...

  • An Inventory of Falling

    Lecoq said every dramatic terrain operates in a different plane in space. Tragedy happens on the vertical plane, melodrama on the diagonal and clown on the horizontal. Falling can be comic and tragic ...

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  • Falling Away: Disappearance, resistance and remembering in contemporary dance

    Falling is relational – if there is nothing to fall toward, you may not even be aware that you’re falling…Whole societies around you may be falling just as you are ...

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  • Falling and Feeling: The Musical Topography of Song

    Singer-songwiter Karine Polwart writes: I’m a songwriter and singer. Songs are my chosen art form. As readers, you’re likely to be interested in the power and meaning of human movement ...

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  • Fall again, fall better

    Rome fell. The Berlin Wall fell. Icarus fell from the sky and Madonna from the stage at the Brits. Night falls. We fall ill. We fall into traps, and in love; we fall out, and apart. Ruth Little writes ...

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  • Falling Stories

    My father was dying. I knew it. I had been “home,” meaning at his house in the Midwest, several times during the months leading up to the end writes Liz Lerman. Now I was really home - meaning ...

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  • Gravity and Grace

    A year of reflection on love and gravity. In 1970 Trisha Brown created a choreographic work called Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, writes Ruth Little. Strapped into a harness and lowered ...

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  • 2014: Guest Editor, Sanjoy Roy

    Inaugural guest editor Sanjoy Roy has been writing on dance since 1994, for various publications including the Guardian since 2002, and others such as Dance Gazette and Dancing Times ...

  • My kid is avant-garde!

    Artist Jeffrey Gordon Baker writes: Even before my adopted son Jack came to live with me two years ago, aged four, I’d had the opportunity to see and write about dance shows for children ...

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  • Dance To The Music: contemporary dance in music video

    You might not look to pop video clips for your contemporary dance kicks – but in fact, as Lise Smith points out, techniques, choreography, styles and ideas from contemporary dance have been a distinctive ...

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  • For Whom The Bel Tolls

    Writer and producer Karthika Naïr interweaves a trajectory of the works of French choreographer Jérôme Bel with personal recollections of her encounters with them ...

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  • The glow that illumines

    Lighting for dance has become a field of expertise and artistry in itself. Lise Smith casts an eye over its background and speaks to some of its leading lights ...

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  • How long is a piece of dance?

    Paint dries, kettles boil… Sanjoy Roy on duration and endurance in contemporary choreography ...

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  • Is Skating a Dance Form? Go Figure

    Sanjoy Roy traces the crossed paths of dance and skating, and finds both confluence and conflict between the forms ...

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