I love the internet despite the fact that it’s completely full of shit. There are a lot of blogs and websites out there about dance and choreography that can be a great resource to certain individuals who are wanting to grow their knowledge about dance. Despite the mindless #dancerslife selfies and endless side-split crotch shots, every now and again you come across online spaces that are curated by institutions or individuals, which are both artistically and intellectually inspiring. Over the course of my relationship with my laptop, I have found a few websites that I return to again and again. So I thought I would compile a list of links that you may just find interesting or useful.
Of course this list is by no means complete or unchanging… Every artist has their little bank of links that they treasure with images, texts, podcasts that inspire. If you know of other great blogs/websites/tumblrs about movement, choreography, dance etc please please share!
There are many amazing online archives full of dance films. UbuWeb is not only is an incredible resource in and of itself, but its Dance Archive is very good and covers a respectable range of work. A really great resource if you’re looking for some historical documentation too. I have a sentimental soft-spot for this website as it happens to be the first website where I really began to realize the joys of online self-education.
Another fantastic site is Numeridanse.tv. A project headed by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, Numeridanse.tv is the first free online dance video library. They literally have thousands of hours of footage of dance, which can be overwhelming so I suggest take a look at their playlists which are brilliantly curated, with themes like Humour and Dance, Scenic Space and even a playlist of Hand Dances. The nifty website is great to engage with and I think it is a vital resource for anyone who wants to educate themselves further about dance… They even have a dance history timeline and an interactive map! COOL!
I can’t remember how or why I came across this playlist called Moderne-Dans but it’s a great little collection of pretty important work and works very well as a general introduction to pivotal contemporary dance works.
Aside from online databases of works by established choreographers, there are also a few Vimeo accounts and online projects with filmmakers and choreographers who are doing great shit. I haven’t watched all the episodes, but the French dance webseries Le corps de la ville has some really sweet short dance films set in all sorts of interesting city spaces. (They’re also nice to follow on Facebook).
Another blog that is one of my absolute favourite favourites is All We Can Do Is Dance. With a beautiful design and aesthetic, these short dance films feature dancers from all over the world performing in fascinating places and spaces. A great blog to follow… (They’re also on Facebook)
Aside from a lot of footage and films, there are some wonderful sites that really allow for choreographic research and delving into ideas around dance, performance, movement – all those good things. If you’re looking for some authors and artists researching certain themes, the Performance Research journal is a good starting point, although you permission for access to full articles, the editorial is available as well as extracts that could offer both interesting viewpoints and be a starting point to Google more names and ideas. E-flux is also an interesting site to spend some time with if it’s experimental art and design things you’re wanting.
I personally love the look and feel of Boris Charmatz‘s website and there are also some nice links to written texts that are definitely work checking out. Siobhan Davie‘s beautiful website also has some great audio and podcasts about dance, something which excites me as it’s difficult to find free quality dance and choreography-related lectures…
If you’re looking for something a bit more academic, the Journal of Music and Dance is a great resource for full-length PDFs and articles.
An incredible website and project that I stumbled upon a while back, forgot about and joyously re-stumbled upon is Motionbank.org. Motionbank documented a four-year project by the Forsythe Company. There’s a lot going on there and it’s just a wonderful online space to spend time, a lot to discover and get you thinking. To me, this website is a beautiful example of how choreography and dance can continue to exist once it is ‘over’.
The Walker Art Centre also has an online channel dedicated to dance, with interviews, films and trailers. And a project that I think would be interesting to follow, although they’re currently a bit lacking in super engaging content is Dancing Museums, a collaborative two-year project whereby various dance organizations and renowned museums look at curating dance and how to creatively encourage audiences to engage with dance, a pretty exciting venture, I must say.
I’m racking my brains and running out of steam, but I’m sure there are enough links here to keep you interested. But before I end off, be sure to check out and follow my favourite tumblr ever at revnureyev.tumblr.com. I found the following gif there so you know it’s awesome.