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Bodies of Thought Twelve Australian choreographers by Erin Brannigan, Virginia Baxter

Kate Champion, Rosalind Crisp, Tess de Quincey, Russell Dumas, Lucy Guerin, Sue Healey, Helen Herbertson, Gideon Obarzanek, Stephen Page, Garry Stewart, Meryl Tankard, Ros Warby

Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers features a generation of award-winning, innovative Australian choreographers with international reputations and legacies of influence.

Focusing on a work by each artist - with an interview and an essay by a leading dance scholar - this groundbreaking book offers invaluable insights into the creation of remarkable works, at a time when Australian dance is enjoying international acclaim.

'Beautifully designed and with great photos, this could be a "coming of age" book for Australian Dance Studies.' - Stephen Muecke, Professor of Writing, School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales

'The field of innovative dance in Australia is vibrant and diverse. With their extensive background as writers in the field, the editors have created a collection of essays that offers a lucid account of a wide range of experimental dance work and conveys some of the excitement it generates in live performance. Combined with the RealTimeDance web portal, this book makes an important and timely contribution.' - Jane Goodall, Adjunct Professor, Writing and Society Research Group, The University of Western Sydney

'Complemented by beautiful photos and Brannigan’s insightful introduction to each chapter, this is a must-have for all dance practitioners, students and dance lovers.' - Jenny Toune, Indaily

Discover more about these choreographers and their works at RealTimeDance ( an extensive, free online resource largely drawn from the pages of RealTime, the Australian national arts magazine, from 1994 to the present with links, video documentation and frequent updating.

Virginia Baxter 

Virginia Baxter is Publisher and co-Managing Editor of RealTime, the national arts magazine, which she co-founded with Keith Gallasch in 1994. For Open City, Baxter co-wrote, produced and performed a number of significant multidisciplinary performance works at Performance Space, 1987-96. She was the Chair (1992-99) of Playworks, the National Women Writers' Workshop, has worked as a dramaturge on performance and dance projects and was co-curator with Julie-Anne Long of the 2002 Antistatic contemporary dance event. She edited the collected papers and performance texts of Playworks' 10th anniversary in 1995 as Telling Time(Playworks, 1997; revised 1999) and, for RealTime, co-edited the In Repertoireseries (1999–2004) for the Australia Council, promoting Australian performance for international touring.

Erin Brannigan 

Erin Brannigan lectures in dance at the University of New South Wales and works in the fields of dance and film as an academic and curator. She was the founding Director of ReelDance in 1999 and has curated dance screen programs and exhibitions for Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003, Sydney Festival 2008 and international dance screen festivals. Brannigan writes on dance for the Australian arts magazine RealTime. Her publications include Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century, Platform Paper No. 25 (Sydney: Currency House, 2010) and Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image(New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). She has published articles in Senses of CinemaWritings on DanceBrolga and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

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