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Being a Dancer
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Being a Dancer

Advice from Dancers and Choreographers

Lyndsey Winship

How do I get a job as a dancer? Where and when should I train? How can I protect my body from injury? How do I become a choreographer?

These and many more such questions asked by young or aspiring dancers are answered in this book – the most revealing and instructive book yet on what it means to be a dancer.

Here is advice from some of the best dancers and choreographers in the world, crossing the fields of ballet, contemporary, South Asian dance, musical theatre and hip hop, and covering subjects both motivational and mundane, from tapping into your own reserves of creativity and resilience, to the important matter of when to eat your pre-show banana.

The twenty-five experts in these pages have performed with the likes of the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and BalletBoyz; they range from stars of the West End stage to TV talent-show successes and Kylie’s backing dancers – as well as some of Britain’s leading choreographers.

They are Carlos Acosta, Matthew Bourne, Teneisha Bonner, Darcey Bussell, Lauren Cuthbertson, Maxine Doyle, Tommy Franzén, Adam Garcia, Jonathan Goddard, Matthew Golding, Melissa Hamilton, Wayne McGregor, Steven McRae, Stephen Mear, Cassa Pancho, Seeta Patel, Arlene Phillips, Arthur Pita, Kate Prince, Matthew Rees, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, Hofesh Shechter, Aaron Sillis and Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen.

Read the review from the Sydney Arts Guide here.

Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-462-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia
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Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia

John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (eds)
This publication is unique in its comprehensiveness and recognition of cultural diversity and a broad notion of community. It covers the history of concert music, opera, ballet, music teaching, composition, instruments, venues, union activity, Aboriginal music, and all forms of popular and folk music and dance. It embraces the wide variety of immigrant influences from Europe, America and particularly the Pacific. There's sound art, computer music, electroacoustics, belly dance, debutante balls, subcultures, music videos and much more. Over two hundred academics, practitioners and private researchers from all parts of Australia and beyond are among this book's contributors.

'A quick look at the contents, which places Football Songs next to Free Jazz, gives you some idea of its open-mindedness. It serves a much-needed purpose in informing us about many kinds of Australian music and dance missed by other reference books. Highly recommended.' Lucky Oceans, The Planet, ABC Radio National.

  • For more information and reviews, visit John Whiteoak's website:

Currency House | 978-0-95812-131-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Feldenkrais for Actors
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Feldenkrais for Actors

How to Do Less and Discover More

Victoria Worsley

'The Feldenkrais Method is unique... I haven't found any other movement study that opens up such a rich and continuing area of enquiry' John Wright, from his Foreword

Spontaneity, sensitivity, simplicity and flexibility in any situation are just some of the qualities that the Feldenkrais Method has inspired in performers around the world. It uses movement to enable you to feel, adapt and respond in new ways – not just in limited, habitual patterns – thereby increasing your physical, emotional and mental potential.

Written by an experienced actor, theatre-maker and Feldenkrais practitioner, Feldenkrais for Actors leads you through a range of topics where using the Method can help, such as:

  • Presence and Posture
  • The Role of Tension
  • Emotion, Character and Creativity
  • Voice and Breath
  • Injury and Anxiety

Also included are dozens of exercises and lessons so that you can experience how the Method will help you in practice.

Feldenkrais for Actors is the result of thirty years of study and experience of the Method, and the benefits it can bring. It is invaluable for actors at any stage of their career, as well as for singers, dancers, musicians, martial artists, athletes and more.

Read the review by Christopher Tomkinson. 


Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-417-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
House of Games
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House of Games

Chris Johnston

A treasure trove of drama games and exercises, House of Games has proved itself an immensely valuable resource for teachers, theatre directors and drama workshop leaders. Following on from Keith Johnstone's famous Impro and Augusto Boal's Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Chris Johnston's book provides ideas and guidance for drama groups of all kinds.

'It is friendly, accessible, well structured and full of good advice - much of it plain common sense... Reading it is like being in a room buzzing with relaxed and informed conversation about basic principles, and good ruses for realising both general and specific aims.'  Mick Wallis, Theatre Research International

See also Chris Johnston's The Improvisation Game.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-905-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
How Musicals Work
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How Musicals Work

Julian Woolford

The history of musical theatre is as littered with disaster as it is with triumph. For every Sound of Music ringing up the tills, there’s a Twang! going thud at the box office. For every Sweeney Todd slicing his way to glory, there’s a Carrie lying bleeding in the wings. Picking your way through this nightmare with your own little Orphan Annie or Oliver can be daunting but help is at hand to ensure your Broadway Baby grows up to Razzle Dazzle ’em.

Julian Woolford’s How Musicals Work is an informative history of musical theatre exploring how and why some shows work brilliantly and why others – despite strenuous attempts to make it happen – never have. If you’ve always wanted to write your own musical show it’s also a brilliant practical guide to getting it right, from an experienced and successful director and writer of musicals. Full of great examples, smart ideas and exercises to help make your show a success, How Musicals Work is the ultimate guide to what to do and what not to do while getting your show together before taking it on the road.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-175-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Laban for Actors & Dancers
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Laban for Actors & Dancers

Jean Newlove

A handbook, complete with graded exercises, for teachers and students wanting a practical introduction to Laban's famous system of movement.

Rudolf Laban is to movement what Stanislavski is to acting. He devised the first wholly successful system for recording human movement, a system which is increasingly influential in the training of actors and dancers.

See also Laban for All, a basic 'how to' book on Laban from the same author.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-160-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Laban for All
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Laban for All

Jean Newlove & John Dalby

Rudolf Laban is one of the great theorists and practitioners of movement. He laid down a system of analysing – and annotating – the way the human being moves in space. He ascribed values to these movements, releasing the expressive power contained within each one of them.

Laban For All offers a simplified version of his system which can be used by relative beginners upwards. The result is a thorough – and thoroughly practical – grounding in the most significant movement system of modern times.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-725-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Movement Theory and Practice
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Movement Theory and Practice

Jarmila Kröschlová

A comprehensive course of exercises for body strength and balance, to be achieved without stress or injury, by the famous Czech dancer Jarmila Kröschlová. For teachers and students of dance, mime or any activity that benefits from an understanding of movement principles. Translated/edited by Olga Malandris and Zora Šemberová.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-577-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan
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Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan

Andrej Uspenski

Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan is an intimate portrait of the work of a ballet superstar, and the story told in pictures of how she prepares for the most iconic role in all of ballet . Features over 150 black and white images of Osipova behind the scenes and on stage, including unique glimpses taken from the wings at Covent Garden.

Andrej Uspenski has used his exclusive vantage point as a First Artist with The Royal Ballet, to produce a moving photographic tribute to the most exciting prima ballerina in the world today.

Includes a foreword by Alexander Agadzhanov, the Royal Ballet's Senior Teacher and Répétiteur.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-022-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Performing the Unnameable
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Performing the Unnameable

An Anthology of Australian Performance Art Texts

Richard Allen & Karen Pearlman
A unique collection of Australian performance pieces featuring texts by Sydney Front, Jenny Kemp, Kooemba Jdarra, Tasdance/That Was Fast, Margaret Cameron, Sidetrack Performance Group, Doppio Teatro, Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, Entr’Acte, Legs on the Wall, Ex-Stasis Theatre Collective and All Out Ensemble.

Cast : various
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-420-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB