Slave to the Dance? The role and function of music in the work of four contemporary Australian choreographers

McCombe, Christine (1994) Slave to the Dance? The role and function of music in the work of four contemporary Australian choreographers. Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.


In this thesis I wish to examine the ways in which several Australian choreographers have explored a variety of possible relationships between music and dance in their work. By examining their work and ideas I will show how they have each individually met the hallenge offered by modern dance by finding new relationships between the two art forms. I will focus on four Australian choreographers - Helen Herbertson, Don Asker, Beth Shelton and Sue Healey. Although these choreographers represent a fairly small cross section of the world of contemporary dance in Australia, I feel that their work reveals a diversity of approaches. On the basis of personal interviews with the choreographers about their work and an examination of other materials ( videos, program notes. etc.) I will discuss how they, as choreographers, perceive the 'role' of music and how they incorporate it into their work.

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ID Code: 172
Item Type: Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dance, Choreography, Australian choreographers, Helen Herbertson, Don Asker, Beth Shelton, Sue Healey
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: School of Music
Institution: Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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