Amanda Card

Amanda Card lectures with the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney in the area of movement and dance studies - particularly the history of social & theatrical dance in Australia, intercultural performance, and theories of embodiment as they apply to performance. Her most recent publications include: ‘Do try this at home: dance manuals, myopia and misrecognition’, in A World of Popular Entertainments, an edited volume of critical essays, edited by Gillian Arrighi (2012); ‘Feeling for dancing in the archives of the dead’, in Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia, edited by Glen McGillivray (2011); ‘Tethering the Flow: dialogues between dance, physical culture and antiquity in Interwar Australia’, in Dancing naturally: nature, neo-classicism and modernity in early twentieth century dance, edited by Rachel Fensham and Alexandra Carter (2011); and ‘Together in Isolation: new moves across time and place’, in Shaping the Landscape: Celebrating Dance in Australia, edited by Julie Dyson and Stephanie Burridge (2011).



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 33

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

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.


Research and ‘Anatomy of an Afternoon’

Amanda Card talks about her research with Martin del Amo on Anatomy of an Afternoon which was part of a project funded by Critical Path's Responsive Programme. The intent of Martin’s research was to expand and challenge his choreographic process by using a historical source as stimulation as well as experimenting with the transference of his particular choreographic framework onto another dancer.

Homage and critique in contemporary dance

Amanda Card writes about American iconoclast Yvonne Rainer, French scientist/choreographer Xavier Le Roy and Sydney dance group The Fondue Set. According to Card the work of both Le Roy and The Fondue Set pay homage to dance and its history, and she offers a critique of it.