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Movements in Contemporary Dance I

MASKA – Performing Arts Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No. 159–160 (Winter 2013)

The last double issue of Maska in 2013 is devoted almost entirely to dance. The current editorial board of Maska first raised the issue of the concerns of contemporary dance already in March 2012; almost exactly a year ago, this was followed by the first drafts for the present issue and finally by the decision that the contemporary dance issue should be addressed thoroughly and systematically. We set an ambitious task of drawing the views of contemporary dance from different perspectives:historical, educational, infrastructural, performative, curatorial, production, theoretical, conceptual, interpretational… that are rhizomatically embedded within inter-genre and international transitions. The commission of articles and the intense work with authors produced so much material that I was forced to split it and expand it into two double issues.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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