Dance Discourse Project #18: Exploring Choreographic Thinking

APR 3, 2014, THU at 7:30PM
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CounterPULSE and Dancers’ Group present
Dance Discourse Project #18: Exploring Choreographic Thinking
APR 3, THU at 7:30PM
FREE, RSVP on facebook

Guest moderator Megan Nicely organizes this DDP, which looks at “choreographic thinking,” a term that describes the ways ideas arise during the process of moving. Many contemporary artists use it to resist the common perception that dance needs outside ideas to incite action or requires language in order to be understood by audiences. “Choreographic thinking” instead poses that choreography is a process of articulation that rewrites itself with unpredictable outcomes, further suggesting that dance can move beyond itself to affect social and political realms.

Moderator Megan Nicely is an artist/scholar whose research focuses on experimental dance after 1960 in the US and Japan. She directs and performs with her company Megan Nicely/Dance, writes for publications such as TDR, and is Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco.

Christian Burns is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and educator. The director of burnsWORK, his choreography, improvised performance, and dance-for-camera works have been presented throughout the US, Europe and Taiwan. He has been a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and a company member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Rebecca Chaleff is a doctoral student in the department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; she also currently dances with Gerlad Casel Dance and Molissa Fenley and Company.

Christy Funsch is a choreographer, performer, and educator. She has had her work presented in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto, and throughout California. She has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2014.

The following short selections from dance artists/writers/theorists William Forsythe, Erin Manning, Susan Rethorst, and Tere O’Connor offer some initial explorations of the term “choreographic thinking” – we hope they will start your own explorations, which you will bring to share with us on April 3rd.

For more information about the Dance Discourse Project please and past discussion topics visit their home page on or


April 3, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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