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Image credit: Alexandre Jaeger Vendruscolo [www.flickr.com/photos/alejotaven]; front cover of BELLYFLOP's 'The Pop Issue', Spring 2011 [http://bellyflopmag.com/wp-content/uploads/Pop_Issue.pdf].Image credit: Alexandre Jaeger Vendruscolo [www.flickr.com/photos/alejotaven]; front cover of BELLYFLOP's 'The Pop Issue', Spring 2011 [http://bellyflopmag.com/wp-content/uploads/Pop_Issue.pdf].

Dawn musings on contemporary dance criticism and my desire to restoke the BELLYFLOP fire.


Bibliography and corrections:

BELLYFLOP MAGAZINE **Correction: BELLYFLOP has been quiet but not entirely dormant since 2014. What I meant is: “Shall I restoke the BELLYFLOP fire?”**

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST, BELLYFLOP’S 2013 WILD CARD AT SADLER’S WELLS www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/wild-card-2013-the-belly-of-the-beast

BELLYFLOP FRINGE AT DANCE UMBRELLA 2013 www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/bellyflop-fringe-2013

CUE POSITIONS SYMPOSIUM 2013 www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/cuepositions

HIRU DANCE ORGANISATION www.facebook.com/hirudance/

NORA www.noramoves.com

SADLER’S WELLS BIG INTENSIVE **Correction: 2010 not 2012** www.dancerspro.com/uk/noticeboard/2727

LIZ LERMAN www.lizlerman.com/crpLL.html

SADLER’S WELLS SUMMER UNIVERSITY www.sadlerswells.com/jerwoodstudio

MARY PATERSON www.marypaterson.tumblr.com

LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S STUDY ROOM GUIDES & EVENTS www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/study-room/study-room-guides

STARRING YOUR PAIN www.thesickofthefringe.com/starring-your-pain/
**Correction: #1 The festival was, in fact, about art and the fringe’s ability “to change the way we talk about health, illness and wellness . . . to make lives better . . . and inspire the participation of marginalised voices, inspiring new outlooks and more effective policy.” #2 Rosemary Waugh was the fourth speaker on Maddy Costa’s ‘Starring Your Pain’ panel, not Megan Vaughan.**

MADDY COSTA www.exeuntmagazine.com/author/maddy-costa/

ROSEMARY WAUGH www.exeuntmagazine.com/author/rosemary-wagg/

MEGAN VAUGHAN www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2015/megan-vaughan-edinburgh-like-black-hole-theatre/

ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY www.acontemporarystruggle.com/about

SWAGGA www.acontemporarystruggle.com/swagga

LUKE JENNINGS **Correction: “a hefty, pugnacious performer”** www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jun/21/swagga-review-yard-theatre-london-charlotte-cooper-kay-hyatt

TERE O’CONNOR Letter to the Editor of the New Yorker www.ballet-dance.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=24571

LYN GARDNER www.theguardian.com/profile/lyngardner

ARLENE CROCE www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/12/26/discussing-the-undiscussable

BOBBY BAKER www.dailylifeltd.co.uk/bobby-baker/

SOMETHING OTHER www.somethingother.io


This blog was originally posted on www.noraresearches.com. Between October 2016 and June 2017, Nora is visiting performance festivals, interviewing artists, meeting programmers and spending time together talking. During their research, they are investigating creative processes, alternative dance ‘company’ models and the agency and responsibility that come with commissioning, curating and casting. The motivation for this research is to expand their knowledge and reference base and, ultimately, find new collaborators. Nora Talks will act as part of their research, inviting those present to join the conversation, making dialogue an integral part of their exploration.

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