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Reframing arguments about the value of contemporary dance : putting creativity at the centre of dance practice, policy and education

Street, Susan (2009) Reframing arguments about the value of contemporary dance : putting creativity at the centre of dance practice, policy and education. Brolga : an Australian journal about dance.

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Abstract

This paper is based on the eighth Ausdance Peggy Van Praagh Memorial Address, which I delivered at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Brisbane in July in 2008. It extends the arguments about the value of contemporary dance to Australia put forward in that address and frames them within the context of an increasingly prevalent creative industries discourse. At one level, the major challenge for contemporary dance is the same as all other performing arts sectors. It can be described in a single word: sustainability. The challenges of sustainability for contemporary dance spans education, policy, and cultural attitudes towards dance. Drawing upon accounts of contemporary dance as they are expressed in policy and academia, I argue that the notion of creativity should be at the centre of future debates about the value of contemporary dance. In this respect, I am arguing that we need to take a broad-based approach to the sustainability of contemporary dance and leverage creative industries discourse to promote the value of contemporary dance for its intrinsic, cultural, and economic benefits.

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ID Code: 21011
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: australian, performing arts, contemporary dance, creative industries
ISSN: 1322-7645
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australian Dance Council
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2009 08:12
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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