CfP (Journal): Out With Dance – In with the Public Realm

Special Issue of Choreographic Practices (Intellect Press)

Deadline for proposals: 15th October 2015 (200 words)
Publication: It is our intention to publish this special issue as either the spring or autumn issue in 2017.

Please send contributions to: If you have any questions about the theme or focus of your submission please, in the first instance, contact Claire Hicks (Guest editor for special issue): If you have more general questions about Choreographic Practices or how to submit, contact Courtney Hopf at:

Choreographic Practices provides a space for disseminating choreographic practices, critical inquiry and debate. Serving the needs of students, teachers, academics and practitioners in dance (and the related fields of theatre, live art, video/media, and performance), the journal operates from the principle that dance embodies ideas and can be productively enlivened when considered as a mode of critical and creative discourse.

The journal seeks to engender dynamic relationships between theory and practice, choreographer and scholar, such that these distinctions may be shifted and traversed.

This special edition of Choreographic Practices will explore choreographic practices in the public realm. As contemporary dance makers are increasingly exiting the theatre to welcome the public realm anew, we are challenged to rethink conventions of both dance and audience. The public realm includes all exterior places, linkages and built form elements that are physically and/or visually accessible regardless of ownership. These elements can include, but are not limited to, streets, pedestrian ways, bikeways, bridges, plazas, nodes, squares, transportation hubs, gateways, parks, waterfronts, natural features, view corridors, landmarks and building interfaces. In the public realm strangers co-exist in shared terrains and themes of livability, access, connectivity, placemaking, inclusivity, activation and shared ownership emerge.

Addressing these and other themes, this issue asks how attending to the public realm gives rise to new dance practices and different modes of audience engagement.

We seek paired submissions in which artist reflections/documentation are placed alongside that of perspectives by a presenter/producer/critic/academic. As such it is envisaged that the writing and images of contributors will create dialogues between perspectives on the same work, context or issue.

We invite submissions that address areas such as:

  • Do contemporary dance concerns require new presentation platforms and formats in order to move into the public realm?
  • What do public realm contexts bring to choreographic work and so challenge what we consider to be contemporary dance?
  • What do artists expect from presenting ‘in public’ rather than in closed contexts (e.g. theatres)?
  • What is the role that audience plays in contemporary dance practice made for the public realm?
  • How does an audience read or engage with contemporary dance work when it is presented outdoors or in other public realm contexts? [PARN Note: Sounds like a question for audience researchers…]
  • Can producers/curators play a more active role, across the process, in getting new dance into the public realm?Authors/artists are asked to submit articles or artist’s pages that articulate these questions and offer refreshing critical angles on non-traditional contexts for dance presentation and what it brings to a dance experience.________________Choreographic Practices is an international peer-reviewed journal, thereby all articles published in the journal undergo rigorous peer-review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. All reviewers are internationally recognized in their fields.

    Peer-review reports will normally be returned to us within two months and the editors will provide feedback to you shortly after.

    Submission of an article to the journal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article have been given to the publishers.

    Instructions for Authors
    Submissions: Full article, including article title, abstract (200 words) and keywords. And, in another document, please include author’s name and affiliation, biography (200 words), plus contact details – both postal and email addresses.

    Length: Up to approx. 6,000 words (or equivalent in other formats)

    Format: Word format

    File Labelling: Clearly name your file with the title of your submission

    Spacing and fonts: Please double-space your article and use Arial (or similar) font, size 11 or 12.

    Referencing: Choreographic Practices follows the Harvard Style Guide with a full reference list at the end of the article.

    See Intellect’s Style Guide for full presentation details.

    Images: Choreographic Practices will be able to carry photographic images. If you have access to high quality images appropriate for your article it would be very helpful if you could send 2 or 3 such images in a separate file but with your article. Images should be sent as JPeg or tiff files at 300 dpi. If you are able to send us images please ensure that each contains relevant information including date, title and name of photographer and that the file name is clear. NB. You are responsible for obtaining all appropriate permissions.

    Writing style: We encourage a diverse range of writing styles and layouts in line with the form, purpose and content of each submission. You might also consider our readership of dance artists, scholars, students, teachers, academics and practitioners in dance and related fields when writing.

    It will also be assumed that the author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as quotations, musical examples, images, tables, etc.

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