Anthology: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet

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Edited Volume: The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet

Publishers: Oxford University Press


The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, edited by Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel and Dr Jill Nunes Jensen, posits the field of ‘contemporary ballet’ as a new domain within the broader frameworks presently recognized by discourses in dance.

In May 2016 we welcomed more than one hundred attendees, including over fifty presenters and ten invited speakers to the Center for Ballet and the Arts and Barnard College in New York City. Professionals from many fields of dance spoke about ballet as it related to gender, race, the choreographic form as tradition and innovative, as well as national practices and politics from the global north and south. Attendees witnessed the range and breadth of scope that confirms a new chapter in ballet’s history is being written. The proposed volume looks to bring into dialogue those who understand the examination of contemporary ballet to be an emergent area of study.

The book features essays not only from scholars but also historians, choreographers, practitioners, music specialists, critics, and performance theorists. The anthology brings together diverse perspectives and scholarship on ballet. Topics include the following: contemporary narratives, legacies and exchanges, pedagogy and training, emerging and current choreographers, global connections and border-crossing repertoire, theater and new re-imaginings of iconic works; exchanges between global north and global south, amongst others.



Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel Head of Research, Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, London e:

Dr Jill Nunes Jensen Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles e: