Henry Daniel

Daniel, Henry. 2000. “Re-cognising Corporeality.” In R. Mock (Ed.), Performing Processes, pp.61-68. Intellect Ltd.
ISBN 1841500100


Daniel, Henry. 1999. “Performing in Technologically Aware Environments.” Journal for Theatre Dance and Theory, (6), 27-32.
ISSN 0807-6316




Dena Davida

Davida, Dena. 2002. “Two Ethnographic Views From the Field of Montreal’s danse contemporaine.” Canadian Dance Studies Quarterly/Études canadiennes en danse : publication trimestrielle, (3) 1.
What is the meaning of these gatherings of contemporary « arts » dancers and audiences in cosmopolitan urban environments like Montreal? This anthropologists’ eye view of aesthetic dancing describes the nature and some of the meanings of these extra-ordinary events from the moment of the audience’s arrival at the special buildings reserved for performing arts, to the moment of aftermath when they file out to compare their various impressions of the choreography. The second half of this essay depicts a first-person experience of the author-as-anthropologist doing fieldwork from her perch in the wings of a performance of En Dedans by O Vertigo Danse.
ISSN: 1703-3756


Davida, Dena. 2002. “Emerging Meanings: Viewpoints from Various Dancing and Non-Dancing Participants in Contemporary Art Dance Events.” In Brian Webb (Ed.), The Responsive Body: A Language of Contemporary Dance. Banff, Canada: Canada Dance Festival / Banff Centre Press.
This text develops an a portrait of the “contemporary dance event” in the form of an ethnography study, and explores the notion of who and how meanings are made as choreographies are conceived, presented and evaluated. This unusual point of view of contemporary art dance practices is nurtured by four years of doctoral research in the field with two Montreal dance companies, O Vertigo danse and a tandem of young choreographers, Sasha Kleinplatz and Andrew Tay.
ISBN 0-920159-96-6, $21.95 (also available in French)


Davida, Dena. November 2001. “Observations ethnographiques de terrain sur la danse contemporaine de Montréal.” Liberté danses, 254 (43), Numéro 4.
This is a Québec literary journal which published this exceptional thematic issue, proposed and edited by local dance writer Julie Bouchard, on the meanings and practices of contemporary dance. My own essay is a short and colourful musing about the nature of contemporary dance events, and includes a sensual recounting of my own fieldwork experiences.
ISSN 0024-2020, $10


Davida, Dena. 2002. “Raw Energy – Mixing, Physicality, and Extravagance: Identity and Aesthetic Outlooks of Twenty-Two Young Montreal Contemporary Choreographers / L’énergie brute: perspectives esthétiques de la jeune relève de la danse montréalaise.” In Iro Valaskakis Tembeck (Ed.), Estivale 2000 Canadian Dance Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
A one-month study of the socio-cultural backgrounds and aesthetic views of a large group of Montreal choreographers in their twenties, based on a precursory analysis of semi-structured interviews. Includes historical background on the Montreal dance milieu.
ISBN 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Davida, Dena. 2001. “Kealiinohomoku’s Legacy: Watching Dance as Cultural Practice Through the Dance Event Framework.” In Danse : langage propre et métissage culturel (actes du colloque)/Dance: Distinct Language and Cross-cultural Influences. Montréal: éditions Parachute.
This academic, in-depth exploration of the concept of the contemporary art dance event was developed in the context of the author’s doctoral research on Montreal dance, and presented to an international group of researchers from Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada during a conference on inter-cultural dance at the Festival international de nouvelle danse. Its theoretical groundings are in the field of dance ethnology and ethnography, with reference in particular to the work of Kealiinohomoku, Fuller Snyder, and sociologists Becker and Goffman.
ISBN 2-920284-16-9


Davida, Dena. 1997. “Jeanne Renaud: The Seminal Experimentalist.” In Anderson, Carol. (Ed.), This Passion: For the Love of Dance, Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
This interview with Jeanne Renaud took the form of a conversation with Dena Davida, and was carefully culled and revised by both of the participants. There are textual interventions also by Peter Bonehan and Louise Bédard. The dialogue contains some wonderful historical and philosophical ideas from Renaud about the early period of modern dance experimentation in Quebec, Renaud’s aesthetic outlook, and her current views on dance.
ISBN 0-929003-37-3, softcover $18.95


Davida, Dena. Hiver 1994. “Attitudes corporelles (essai).” La Revue possibles, numéro special. Montréal : L’artiste (Auto) Portraits.
A literary essay on social attitudes and socio-economic contexts for contemporary choreographers. This is a research journal with literary overtones, published regularly on various social themes. This issue focussed on the socio-political contexts in which we might consider the meaning of being an artist in today’s society.
ISSN 0703-7139 $7


Davida, Dena. “Dancing the Body Eclectic: a dance curator reflects on culture and the 'new dance.'” In Selma Odom and Mary Jane Warner (Eds.), Canadian Dance Studies Vol. 2, York University Graduate Programme in Dance, 1997; Les Vendredis du Corps, éd. et traduction francais d'Aline Gélinas, éditions Jeu/Parachute, Montréal 1993; Dance Connection, Calgary, April/May 1992 (under title: “New Dance, What Is It?”); Contact Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 2, summer 1992; Dance Bay Area, San Francisco, July/August 1992.
This is a dense essay, developed within a literary study group of dancers and theatre practitioners in Montreal organized and animated by the late Aline Gélinas, over one and a half years. It is my initial coming to terms with the definition and situation of contemporary art dance practices from an anthropological viewpoint, which later led to my doctoral work. The most complete version is that of the collection from York University.




Lisa Doolittle

Doolittle, Lisa. 2002. “The Trianon and On: Reading Mass Social Dancing in the 1930’s and 1940’s in Southern Alberta.” In Iro Valaskakis Tembeck (Ed.), Estivale 2000 Canadian Dance Bodies Then and Now/Les corps dansants d’hier à aujourd’hui au Canada. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es.
ISBN 0-929003-50-0, softcover $39.95


Doolittle, Lisa, Flynn, Anne. (Eds.). 2000. Dancing Bodies, Living Histories: New Writings About Dance and Culture. Banff: Banff Centre Press.
Despite the near universality of dance as an art form, dance studies as an academic discipline is far less commonplace. Dancing Bodies, Living Histories highlights significant new directions in dance studies, showing how dance leaps across disciplinary boundaries and divisions between the academy and cultural practice. Touching upon history, culture studies, film and queer studies, Dancing Bodies, Living Histories links dance to other studies in the humanities and social sciences.
ISBN: 0-920159-69-9, softcover: $18.95