Some Things About Dance
Some Things About Dance (Some Things About Dance)
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Some Things About Dance

Last updated on 2018-10-01

About the Book

Dancing does many things to us. It thrills, challenges, sustains, frightens, hurts, and confronts us. It also fills us with immense pleasure. 

Some Things About Dance is a collection of playful ideas or things about the art of dance. Each brief chapter is self-contained, and covers a range of topics to do with things like collaboration, creativity, communication and practice. The book is primarily written for people interested in dance as an art form – dancers, teachers, choreographers, audiences – but will also appeal to creatives and managers who are seeking surprising or alternative ways to be inspired or challenged. 

The author, Simon Ellis, is a dancer, choreographer and writer with 30 years of experience in the arts. His website is

Please note that any profits from this book will be divided 80/20 between Chisenhale Dance Space and the freelance artist (and illustrator for this book) Hamish MacPherson.

About the Author

Simon Ellis
Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis is a dance artist. He is from New Zealand but now lives in London, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. His recent choreographies are Pause. Listen (with Chisato Ohno and Jackie Shemesh), We Record Ourselves (with Owa Barua, Katrina McPherson and Natalia Barua), and We Like Lists Because We Don't Want to Die (with Shannon Bott). He also works closely with Colin Poole as Colin, Simon and I, and their latest work is Our White Friend. He is particularly interested the limits and possibilities of collaboration in choreographic processes, and is also developing research that investigates the ways in which screen culture is changing dance and choreographic practices, ideas and understandings. Simon co-edits the International Journal of Screendance with Harmony Bench.

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