This Companion documents and celebrates artistic journeys within the framework of rich and complex cultural heritages and traditional dance practices of the Asia-Pacific region. It presents various dance forms from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the South Pacific. Drawing on extensive research and decades of performative experience as artists, choreographers, producers, teachers, and critics, the authors approach issues of dance and cultural diversity from a theoretical perspective while at the same time exploring change, process, and transformation through dance.

The book discusses themes such as tradition, contemporization, interdisciplinarity, dance education, youth dance, dance networks, curatorial practices, and evolving performative practices of dance companies and independents. It also looks at regional networking, curating dance festivals and spaces that foster collaboration, regional cooperation, and cultural exchange, which are essential features of dance in Asia and the Pacific.

This collection will be of interest to students and researchers of pedagogy, choreography, community dance practice, theatre and performance studies, social and cultural studies, aesthetics, interdisciplinary arts, and more. It will be an invaluable resource for artists and practitioners working in dance schools and communities.

chapter |4 pages


ByStephanie Burridge

part |14 pages


chapter 1|8 pages

Shaping the Landscape

ByJill Sykes

chapter 2|4 pages

Treading the Pathways

Independent Indigenous dance
ByMarilyn Miller

part |19 pages


chapter 3|7 pages

I am a Cambodian Classical Dancer

ByHun Pen

chapter 4|10 pages

Dance Education in Cambodia

ByChey Chankethya

part |17 pages


chapter 5|15 pages

Concert Dance in Contemporary China

Crossing borders while maintaining difference
ByEmily Wilcox

part |15 pages

Hong Kong and the region

chapter 6|13 pages

Balancing Acts/Decentring Exercises

The Asia Network for Dance AND+ − a network of its place and time
ByAnna C.Y. Chan, Angela Conquet, Jala Adolphus, Anna C.Y. Chan, Angela Conquet, Kathy Hong, Ophelia Jiadai Huang, Faith Tan

part |30 pages


chapter 7|16 pages

Imag(In)Ing the Nation

Uday Shankar's Kalpana
ByUrmimala Sarkar

chapter 8|12 pages

The Beauty Myth and Beyond

Looking at the Bollywood ‘item number’
ByPriyanka Basu

part |12 pages


chapter 9|10 pages

Revealing Cultural Representation in Indonesian Contemporary Dance

ByMichael H.B. Raditya

part |23 pages


chapter 10|9 pages

Eclecticism and Syncretic Traditions

Conceiving Malay social dance in the 20th century
ByMohd Anis Md Nor

part |15 pages


chapter 12|13 pages

The Foundation of Language

New Filipino dance lexicons from Eisa Jocson
ByVanini Belarmino

part |23 pages


chapter 13|10 pages


On dance, young people, and choice in the Lion City
ByPeter Gn

chapter 14|11 pages


An overview of contemporary dance in Singapore from 1990 to 2020
ByMelissa Quek

part |20 pages


chapter 15|9 pages

Identity, Hybridity, Diversity

A brief history of dance in Taiwan
ByChen Ya-Ping

chapter 16|9 pages

Roots and Routes of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's Nine Songs

ByLin Yatin

part |15 pages


chapter 17|13 pages

Reinventing How we Move

The Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in the context of contemporary Thai dance
ByPornrat Damrhung, Lowell Skar

part |12 pages

The South Pacific

chapter 18|10 pages

Making Waves

Identity, relationships, and leadership within dance in the South Pacific
BySarah Knox, Rose Martin