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59 | #JonathanBurrows

On our third episode of Dance History month, your co-hosts Martheya and YeaJean interview Choreographer, Dancer, Author, and Associate Professor Jonathan Burrows. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about why and how he created A Choreographer’s Handbook, Jonathan’s personal experience within the history of digitizing dance works, his performing practice with composer Matteo Fargion, why their full length works are accessible online, and three tips for choreographers to consider.


[0:28] Martheya and YeaJean introduce Jonathan Burrows


[4:15] Martheya asks: “We noticed you make full length works available online via Vimeo. Can you talk about why you do this?”

[11:07] Martheya asks: “Do you feel like that (deep imagination about what might have been that influenced what could be) is not there for you in the same way it was?”

[12:16] YeaJean asks: “You performed a new work entitled “Rewriting” and the ideas came from a statement or question of a book that you wrote in 2012, “A Choreographer’s Handbook.” Could you share your philosophy behind this performance?” How did you feel performing that choreography?”

[17:47] YeaJean asks: “Had your choreography shifted because of the proximity between you and the audience?”

[21:16] Martheya asks: “What made you want to write “A Choreographer's Handbook”? Can you tell us more about the history behind creating this resource?”

[23:20] Martheya asks: “Can you talk more about how this was unique?”

[30:02] Martheya asks: “What experiences really shifted that perspective or philosophy for you, refusing the binaries?”

[36:12] YeaJean asks: “We all know that many dance students and educators love and use your book in their practices and teachings. So, instead of explaining the detailed contents of this book (if our listener’s haven’t read - we want to encourage them to read it), could you share how the readers have been using this book and how their creative process has shifted, if you received feedback related to these two questions?”

[38:25] YeaJean asks: “Are you planning to write a second book?”

[41:45] YeaJean asks: “What was your writing process like? How did you come to organize the book in this way?”

[47:55] YeaJean asks: “Can you explain why you but the end?”

[42:03] Martheya asks: “On page 203 in “A Choreographer’s Handbook” you state “Human-scale is one of the most generous things that dance can offer an audience.” Can you elaborate on what this means? How do you think about human-scale in relation to dance in the digital space/social media?”

[54:57] Martheya asks: “What are three tips we could explore to create a contract with our audience on social media?”

[56:40] YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “My parents ballroom dancing”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • “Sometimes”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Facebook for a while...but then I started to get overwhelmed”

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