Brolga An Australian journal about dance

Brolga publishes current research and critical thinking about dance, including:

  • dance artists—cutting edge and emerging practices
  • exploration of historical events, performances and people
  • discussions on dance and education
  • academic papers about philosophy, composition, criticism, music and costume for dance
  • reviews of recent dance publications.

Brolga connects the present with a past whose priorities were altogether different. It reminds us—often in poignant detail—of the achievements of people like Laurel Martyn, Gertrud Bodenweiser, Margaret Barr, Edouard Borovansky, and a host of others whose creativity and vision helped carry forward Australian dance.

Its contributing authors have diverse backgrounds and interests and represent a broad spectrum of the dance community. Papers may be peer reviewed on request. Brolga has a B rating on the ERA journals list released by Deakin University, 2008.

Guidelines for contributors

Editors

  • Michelle Potter (issues 1 – 24)
  • Alan Brissenden (issues 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 & 37)
  • Robin Grove (issues 25, 27)
  • Amanda Card (issues 29, 33 & 36)
  • Rachel Fensham (issue 31)
  • Alexandra Kolb (issue 35)
  • Associate Professor Maggie Phillips (issue 38)

Sub publications

Brolga 38

Australians and those who connect with Australian dance experiences in one way or another need to know that their ideas, memories and research are valued as the vibrant electricity to keep the dancing-talking duo spinning on through time. This issue of Brolga, edited by Associate Professor Maggi Phillips gives a sense of the multiple voices and approaches that weave into the repertoire of Australian dance, its history, present and future.

Brolga 37

This issue—the final one to be edited by Alan Brissenden—encompasses a wide geographic range and varied discussions of different kinds of people and different styles of dance. All articles in Brolga 37 have been peer reviewed.

Brolga 36

This special and exciting edition of Brolga investigates and documents the making of Anatomy of an Afternoon by Martin del Amo in collaboration with dancer Paul White.

Brolga 35

This significant issue of Brolga publishes eight papers from a conference held at the University of Otago in June 2010. The focus of the conference was discussion around interdisciplinary perspectives on dance that strive to both understand historical developments and to anticipate new directions of dance scholarship and performance.

Brolga 34

The relationship of dance with society and with other art forms within a society is a fertile ground for exploration, and each of the essays in this issue of Brolga considers such relationships in some way.

Brolga 33

This edition of Brolga brings together the thoughts and ideas of a collection of dance makers who are writing about their craft.

Brolga 32

This edition of Brolga includes some history of Pavlova in Australia, an article about the youth dance work that happens in Canberra with Quantum Leap and some perspectives from independent contemporary dance makers.

Brolga 31

In this issue of Brolga, editor Rachel Fensham focuses on discourse on Australian choreography, so contributors were invited to consider the ‘edges’ of contemporary choreography in Australia.

Brolga 30

In her editorial to the very first Brolga, Michelle Potter announced that the aim of the new journal was "to provide a space for the publication of current research, critical thinking, and creative activities to, and impinging on, dance in a cultural context in Australia and elsewhere." This aim is fulfilled in all respects in this issue.

Brolga 29

Amanda Card is the editor of this edition of Brolga, which features articles by Garry Lester, Marianne Schultz and Lee Christofis. Michelle Potter pays tribute to two Australian dance icons who passed away in 2008—Valrene Tweedie and Meg Denton.

Brolga 28

In this issue you can read about the genesis and development of the World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific, a thriving dance program at a South Australian high school, Cheryl Stock's ambitious cooperative choreographhic project at QUT called Accented Body, and issues around the sustainability of collaborative dance ventures.

Brolga 27

This issue of Brolga includes an exploration of the music of Menotti used in both Martha Graham and Gertrud Bodenweiser's version of Errand into the Maze, an analysis of Lucy Guerin's Aether (2005) and a site specific work by Sela Kiek, Circulate.

Brolga 26

This issue of Brolga well illustrates the richness of our dance history and the diversity of people who have contributed to it. Jill Sykes pays tribute to Graeme Murphy and the Sydney Dance Company, Mark Carroll continues his research into the Ballet Russes in Australia, and three Ballet Russes dancers share some personal memories of de Basil's ballets. Other articles are by leading dance writers, Lee Christofis and Garry Lester.

Brolga 25

Robin Grove, English lecturer at the University of Melbourne from 1964 – 2006, edits this issue of Brolga which presents a selection of topics that the journal promotes: dance history, cultural theory, discussion of new works and a re-investigation of past achievements.

Brolga 24

This issue presents a diverse range of dance writing, as usual, with articles by Joan Pope OAM, Harry Haythorne OBE, Laura Ross (photographer).

Brolga 23

In this issue Rodney Stenning Edgecombe, lecturer in English Literature, assembles a miscellany of interesting discoveries made whilst researching music for ballet, and Katrina Rank presents the narratives of Australian dance work Marvellous (2000).        

Brolga 22

This issue of Brolga includes a personal account by Tamara Finch (nee Tchinarova) of her career during the 1940s following her decision to stay Australia, and a history of the Perth-based company Buzz Dance Theatre.

Brolga 21

This issue of Brolga includes an exploration of Simon Dow's new La Boheme by Lee Christofis, a paper by Garry Lester on the "volatile grace" of New Zealand dance artist Douglas Wright, and the second part of a research paper on Margaret Barr's work by Joanne Harris. 

Brolga 20

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 19

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 18

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 17

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 16

This is an unusual edition of Brolga with it's focus on West Australian Ballet—the oldest ballet company in Australia. WAB celebrated it 50th birthday in 2002.

Brolga 15

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 14

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 13

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 12

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 11

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 10

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 9

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 8

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 7

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 6

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 5

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 4

This special edition of Brolga honours Laurel Martyn OBE, one of Australia's most illustrious dance people.

Brolga 3

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 2

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

Brolga 1

With its eclectic mix of writers and topics, Brolga–an Australian journal about dance always presents, shares and comments on dance—both past and present—in this country.

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