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Choreography and Corporeality

The working group in Choreography and Corporeality provides a platform for sharing original, cutting-edge research on dance, performance, and the body, in an international context. Members of the group contribute papers that are distributed and read in advance of conference meetings. Conference discussions focus on the individual papers and on common ideas and issues raised by them. Members are encouraged to concentrate on theoretical and methodological aspects of their research for the working group papers. We also schedule discussions with choreographers who work and live where the IFTR Conference is held.

We welcome new members, including postgraduates. Just contact us by email if you are interested in joining the group or coming along to our meetings.


The Group has ongoing plans to produce an anthology of writings around the concepts of choreography and corporeality. The volume should be issued in 2014.


Dr Philipa Rothfield (, Philosophy Department, La Trobe University, Australia. She teaches, dances occasionally, and reviews dance for RealTime arts magazine.

Dr Aoife McGrath (, School of Creative Arts, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a dancer and choreographer and has recently published a monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves (Palgrave Macmillan: 2012).

Next Meeting: Warwick, 2014.

Last Meeting: Barcelona 2013. The Choreography and Corporeality Working Group convened in Barcelona with sessions attended by over 40 participants. Activities included discussions of papers by 22 presenters, a curated panel in the main programme chaired by Professor Lena Hammergren, and a special series of dance events organised by local dance researcher and practitioner Ester Vendrell. Highlights included a flamenco performance at the Palau de la Musica, a panel discussion with local choreographers and dancers (Sol Pico, Catherine Allard and Nacho Blanco) and attendance at a rehearsal of IT Dansa. This meeting was the last to be co-convened by Professor Thomas DeFrantz and the Working Group express our heartfelt thanks for his wonderful stewardship and wish him every success as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. We also extend special thanks to all of our new friends in Barcelona, and look forward to continuing theoretical and creative research together.