Issue #04: Needling. Restless. Relentless. Dance Is Massive

March- June 2013
This fourth Diary is an invitation to make us think dance as we watch it, to filter it through the mind and not only the senses, to accept that the purpose of dance (or art, in general) is not to entertain but rather to make us reflect and expand the vision of what our body means to the world and in the world. Art is an eye-opener to infinite horizons but it does not necessarily come easily and it can require effort or persistence in comprehending. All this is, of course, directly linked to the different ways of connecting people to art and the role of critics, reviewers, arts operators and cultural policy decision-makers in building the site of cultivating the taste for the arts.

Dance Is Massive

Thinking does not need the word but it needs the body. And as Spinoza pointed out, seeing is doing, and seeing dance is often dancing. This is why the effects of dance are as restless and relentless as its authors in their endeavours to make us see and feel with our bodies. Read more...


Thinking and the making of meaning is commonly considered inconceivable without the word. Throughout western history, the ability to be articulate has been equated with consciousness itself, as the defining marker of humanity. Read more...

About This Issue

Philipa Rothfield, Olivia Millard and Angela Conquet.

Alison Croggon, Philipa Rothfield, Kath Papas, Ashley Dyer, Tracie Mitchell, Raewyn Hill, Martin Del Amo, David Huggins, Hellen Sky, Sandra Parker, Myriam Gourfink, Jean-Marc Adolphe, Gérard Mayen and Mary Lou Jelbart.

A special thank you to Philipa Rothfield for all her support and to Dominic Forde (Famous) for his awesome new design.

Cover Image: Dominic Forde

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