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Focus on: collaborations

Editor's critical faculties

Journalism - the actual business of writing - can be lonely. But, inveterate and solitary hack though I am, these days my brain is swarming with thoughts and visions of loads of bodies coming together to dance.

Animated is, but only in part, to blame. I didn't start out deliberately assembling articles about group dances for this issue, and yet that's turned out to be its focus. The stories range from Helen Cundy's musings on City Maquette, a collaboration between France and Woking sprinkled with cross-cultural challenges, to Retina's report on site-specific pieces staged throughout Belgium and beyond.

Cecilia Macfarlane shares her experiences - and good fortune - working on community-based events in Japan, initially because Rosemary Lee couldn't make it despite having laid the groundwork. Lee is a dab hand at large-scale dance performances. A trio of authors looks at her latest human extravaganza, Common Dance, from different angles. And we've got... Read more

In this issue
Editor's critical faculties
Guest editor Donald Hutera gets to grips with multifarious manifestations of group dance
Susie Kelly responds to Rachel Elliott's article on English folk dance, Animated Winter 2010
Kate Scanlan responds to Sunanda Biswas's article on women in Hip Hop, Animated Winter 2010
The focus: community collaborations
Uncommon perspectives
Rosemary Lee's Common Dance is experienced from three contrasting viewpoints
RAUW dance
Retina's producer, Natalie Gordon, and its artistic director, Filip Van Huffel, find that site-specific performances bring rewards and responsibilities
Model city
Helen Cundy describes the challenges and delights of managing an international collaboration between French artists and the Woking community
Thinking big
Big Dance's Jacqueline Rose, and FCD's Chris Stenton tell us about all the exciting developments with Big Dance
Dance and disabled people
Ignition on
Louise Portlock, Inclusion Manager at Gloucestershire Dance, is fired up about widening professional opportunities within the dance and disability sector
Happy 21st, Corali!
Georgina Cockburn marks the coming of age of a company - and a sector
The best-laid plans
Free-lance arts consultant Jo Buffery shares her tips for dance projects in health settings
Another dancing nation
Cecilia Macfarlane ventures into dance in the community in Japan
Professional development
Wintry reflection
Dance artist, Gill Clarke, waxes poetic about creative away time
Stepping out east
Jih-Wen Yeh, artistic director of Step Out Arts, explains what motivated the creation of a new showcase for British East Asian artists
Raising standards
FCD's Lisa Craddock outlines a new strategy for professional standards
Artist Bank: Not just kids' stuff
Rachel Attfield and Katherine Duhigg ask how can a creative project with primary school children impact on artists' professional practice?