Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice

Emma Meehan, Aoife MCGrath

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book


This book addresses the need for critical scholarship about contemporary dance practices in Ireland. Bringing together key voices from a new wave of scholarship to examine recent practice and research in the field of contemporary dance, it examines the excitingly diverse range of choreographers and works that are transforming Ireland’s performance landscape. The first section provides a chronologically-ordered collection of critical essays to ground the reader in some of the most important issues currently at play in contemporary dance in Ireland. The second section then provides an interrogation of individual choreographers’ processes. The book traces new choreographic work and trends through a broad array of topics, including somatics in performance, screendance, cultural trauma, dance archives, affect studies, feminist perspectives, choreographic process, the dancer’s voice, interdisciplinarity, and pedagogical paradigms.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages209
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-66739-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-66738-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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  • Research Output

    Revisiting Lunar Parables: Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Intangible Archive

    Meehan, E., 1 Jan 2018, Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice. McGrath, A. & Meehan, E. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 19-37 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Live Archive with Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre performance

    Meehan, E., 8 Dec 2016

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

  • Cite this

    Meehan, E., & MCGrath, A. (2018). Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.