Topic for BA Honors about contemporary dance

by Lee Chen Teoh
(Carlton North, Vic, Australia)

Hi Maria

I felt grateful when I found this website. Currently I'm doing my BA Honors. I do really like contemporary dance as my previous work was related to naked gymnasium dance. By this time, I feel like doing more about contemporary dance. However, I've been confused by understanding all about contemporary dance. According to your resource, contemporary dance is a wide range subject to talk. I'm wondering what kind of books you'd recommend for me to read and have some ideas on writing my research? I'm not sure what kind of topic is the best and more information to investigate.

PS: I'm not really good at English, trying my best to understand.

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Jan 03, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Lee Chen Teoh,

A few weeks ago, I wrote an answer to another visitor who was also asking for good literature about contemporary dance. I recommend you to read that thread to have some orientation about serious dance books and ideas about topics to work for your BA Honors. Here's the link to read that:

Good dance literature

You will find a good amount of theoretical material there. However, the working subject for your own research does not have to be specifically like those books. The best thing to do research is always to choose a subject that you have access to. For example, a local contemporary dance company, the composing or teaching method of a choreographer in your city, the history of one of its dance institutions, and so forth.

If this is your first researching task, the best thing is to start with a very concrete subject like those I named above. After doing such a work and if you still feel like working on the theoretical field, you can try with more abstract topics and go into theoretical analysis, philosophy, aesthetics or so.

I wish you a good research. Don't hesitate to answer back I you still need a hand!

Warm regards,


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