Critical Correspondence


Critical Correspondence: Dance and the Museum

In 2013, Critical Correspondence initiated a project dedicated to the examination of dance in the museum today–its politics, economics, and aesthetics. Acknowledging a long history of cross-pollination between dance and the visual arts–some driven by artists, some by institutions–our hope is to create a forum, based in a dance institution, for the voices of those [...]

Newark, 1987. Dancers: Lance Gries and Diane Madden. Photo by Jack Mitchell

Diane Madden in Conversation with Meg Weeks

  Since Trisha Brown’s retirement in 2013, Associate Artistic Directors Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas have taken over the leadership of the preeminent dance company that Brown founded in 1970 as an offshoot of Judson Dance Theater. Both longtime Company dancers themselves, Madden and Lucas act as stewards of Brown’s sizable body of work and [...]


Robert Swinston in Conversation with Kimberly Bartosik

My desire to interview Robert Swinston-31 year veteran of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and current Artistic Director of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers, France-arose, in part, as a response to the uninformed attacks against his appointment, but mostly as a way to reflect on how the notion of legacy is [...]


Randy Martin on Performing the Changing City

“But surely moving through disequilibrium and divining ways through spaces made for infinite possibility are what dance does best.” – Randy Martin, A Precarious Dance, a Derivative Sociality   The dance community suffered a significant loss with the passing of Randy Martin on January 28, 2015. Randy was a brilliant thinker, a passionate dancer and [...]

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From the CC editors

Please welcome new editor Biba Bell who will be joining Will Rawls as co-editor of Critical Correspondence. Abigail Levine will move on to an Editor-at-Large role to continue to contribute content to both the Dance and the Museum project and the University Project. The CC editorial team is committed to diverse forms of writing that engage with the ephemeral nature of performance. In the coming year, we will concentrate discussion around dance's encounters-with other artistic practices, theoretical and political frames, and institutions-to provide space and structure to engage, debate, and consider the effects and possibilities for the field. We invite submissions that imaginatively and critically examine the processes and histories of artists and communities in the U.S. and abroad. 

Critical Correspondence is a web-based publication of Movement Research that provides a forum for diverse engagements with artistic practice, research, and the contexts that surround the field of dance. Utilizing the flexibility of a digital platform, Critical Correspondence publishes timely and in-depth content in multiple formats, including interviews, experimental and scholarly writing, podcasts and video projects. Edited by a rotating team of artists, the publication aims to foster discourse and increase the visibility of dance and movement-based forms in larger artistic and cultural conversations.

Biba Bell
Will Rawls

Abigail Levine

Florence Nasar
Kelly O'Grady

Former Editors:
Abigail Levine, Nicole Daunic, Aaron Mattocks, Marissa Perel, Lydia Bell, Ursula Eagly, Milka Djordjevich, Levi Gonzalez, Alejandra Martorell

To contribute or propose an interview, research project or other form of writing, please contact us. In keeping with Movement Research’s mission, we are especially interested in writings that explore an artistic process over time, with the understanding that we are using the term process in its widest possible definition.

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