Rosemary Candelario writes about dance and popular culture through the lens of gender, race, and ethnicity. Whether she is addressing the Japanese avant-garde dance, butoh, Asian American dance, vampires, cyborgs, or mass protests, an attention to the political efficacy of moving bodies pervades her work.

Rosemary’s book, Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma’s Asian American Choreographies was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2016. She has also published in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The International Journal of Screendance, Asian Theatre Journal, and The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, among others

Her choreography has been produced across the United States, and as a dancer she has performed across the United States and in Brazil, Canada, Germany, and South Africa. Rosemary earned a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and is Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University. 

photo by Brent Hirak

photo by Brent Hirak

Education

2011            Ph.D., Culture and Performance with a concentration in Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation: “Eiko & Koma: Choreographing Spaces Apart in Asian America”
Advisor: Susan Leigh Foster

2007          M.A., Culture and Performance, University of California, Los Angeles

1992            B.A., Anthropology and German Language and Literature, Boston University, magna cum laude

  

Academic Positions

2012-          Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University, Department of Dance

2012           Mellon Archive Fellow, Dance Heritage Coalition

2011            Lecturer, UCLA, Department of World Arts and Cultures

2010           Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, UCLA 

 

 

Publications

Books

2016           Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies. Middletown,                       CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Journal Articles

2014            “Bodies, Camera, Screen: Eiko & Koma’s Immersive Media Dances.” International Journal of Screendance 4: 80-92.

2013            “Transvaginal Sound: Politics and Performance.” In Special Issue on Feminism, Race, and Biopolitics, ed. Rachel Lee. The Scholar and Feminist Online.

2010            “A Manifesto for Moving: Eiko & Koma’s Delicious Movement Workshops.” Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, vol. 1, no. 1 (March): 88-100. 

Book Chapters

2016            An Asian American Land: Eiko & Koma Choreograph Cultural Politics.” In Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance Studies. Edited by Yutian Wong. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

2015            “We Take Blood, Not Life: Urban Bush Women's Bones and Ash: A Gilda Story.” In Race and the Vampire Narrative, edited by U. Melissa Anyiwo, 153-166. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2014            “Shine Your Light on the World: The Utopian Bodies of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” In The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, ed. Melissa Blanco Borelli. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews

2016            Butoh Dance Training. Secrets of Japanese Dance through the Alishina Method, by Juju Alishina, Dance Research 34, no. 2: 261-262.

2015            Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory, by Peter Eckersall, Japan Forum, 27:2, 280-283.

2014            Hijikata: Revolt Of The Body, by Stephen Barber. Asian Theatre Journal, 31:2, 625-628.

2014            Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso, edited by Prumsodon Ok. Asian Theatre Journal, 31:1, 324-326.

2013            Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits, by Bruce Baird. Asian Theatre Journal, 30,1: 263-266.

Other Publications

2016            “A Body on the Line.” In A Body in Places: Danspace Project PLATFORM 2016, edited by Lydia Bell, 39-51. New York: Danspace Project.

2016            “Butoh.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/butoh

2016            “Hijikata Tatsumi.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/hijikata-tatsumi-1928-1986

2016            “Ohno Kazuo.” In Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/ohno-kazuo-1906-2010

2012            “Abortion Politics and Performance.” CSW Update, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, March. http://www.csw.ucla.edu/publications/newsletters/2011-2012/article-pdfs/Mar124.pdf

2008            “Fragmented Bodies: Contemporary Devadasis in Northern Karnataka, India,” CSW Update, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, January. http://www.csw.ucla.edu/Newsletter/CSW_update_Jan08.pdf

 

Awards

2016                        Mary Mason Lyons Award for distinguished junior faculty, TWU 

 

Conference Papers

2016            “Identification in Process: Asian American Dance Theater in the 1970s.” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian American Studies, Miami, FL.

2015            “EcoButoh: Dance as Ecological Methodology.” Annual Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Portland, OR.

2015            “The Choreographers are Present: Archiving Dance in Museums.” Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, New York, NY.

2014            Choreographing Archives: Contemporary Works by Eiko & Koma, Bebe Miller, and Jennifer Monson.” Joint Annual Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars, Iowa City, IA.

2014            “Choreography and Stratification: Cycling Through Eiko & Koma’s Body of Work” International Federation for Theatre Research, Coventry, UK.

2014        “Eiko & Koma and Asian/American Dance.” Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, CA.

2013            “Butoh and Global Circulations of the Avant-Garde.” Joint Annual Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars, Riverside, CA.

2013            “Nowhere/Now Here: Oguri’s Height of Sky.” International Federation for Theatre Research, Barcelona, Spain.

2013            “Mourning (and) the City: Eiko & Koma and New York.” Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro, São Paulo, Brazil.

2012            “History, Culture, and Globalization: New Local Butohs.” Annual Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, Albuquerque, NM.

2012            “Mourning (and) the City: Eiko & Koma’s New York Site Dances.” Annual Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, Philadelphia, PA.

2011            “From ground zero to Ground Zero: Performing transnational reparation in Eiko & Koma’s Offering.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore.

2011            “From ground zero to Ground Zero: Performing transnational reparation in Eiko & Koma’s Offering.” Global Flashpoints, Los Angeles.

2011            “Prolonging Mourning: Dance, Affect, and the Public Sphere.” Choreography and Corporeality Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Osaka, Japan.

2011            “Theorizing a Butoh Diaspora.” Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast/Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies Joint Annual Conference, Pomona, CA.

2010            “From ground zero to Ground Zero: Performing transnational reparation in Eiko & Koma’s Offering.” Japan Arts and Globalization: Performing Politics, Los Angeles.

2010            “Theorizing a Butoh Diaspora.” “Butô’s Corporeal Acts: New Directions in Practice and Scholarship” Working Group of the Joint Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research and the Congress on Research in Dance, Seattle.

2010            “A Transnational Offering in New York City: Moving the Space of Mourning.” Performance Studies International 16: Performing Publics, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2009            “And They Drifted Out of View: Choreographing Topography in the Work of Eiko & Koma.” Annual Conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, Palo Alto, CA.

2008            “Performing and Choreographing Gender in Eiko & Koma’s Cambodian Stories.” Annual Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, Roanoke, VA.

2008            “Choreographing Topography: Bodies and Place in the Work of Eiko & Koma.” No-Place Choreographies and Corporeal Topographies” Working Group of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Boston.

2008            “Shine Your Light on the World: The Paratopia of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Albuquerque.

2008            “Fragmented Bodies: Contemporary Devadasis in Northern Karnataka, India.” Annual conference Dance Under Construction, Berkeley

2007            “Make Art/Stop AIDS: Teen AIDS Action and Awareness through the Arts.” Annual conference Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, New York.

2007            “She Will Remember, She Will Remind: Plantation Talas and the Performance of Memory.” Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2007            “A Manifesto for Eiko & Koma: Nature, Time, and Dance at the Turn of the Millennium.” Annual conference Dance Under Construction, Davis, CA.

 

Invited Lectures and Workshops

2015            “From ground zero to Ground Zero: Eiko & Koma Perform Transnational Reparation,” Reed College

2015            Butoh workshop, Reed College

2014            “Choreographing Archives: Contemporary Works by Eiko & Koma, Bebe Miller, and Jennifer Monson,” University of Texas, Austin.

2014            “Butoh History: Identity and Resistance” Guest Lecture and Workshop for Performance Power and Identity graduate seminar, Texas A&M.

2014            “Butoh History, Aesthetics, and Techniques,” Guest Lecture for Theater History undergraduate seminar, Texas A&M.

2012            Butoh movement workshop. Vangeline Theater, New York City.

2012            “Butoh: Modern and Postmodern Expressions of the Dance of Utter Darkness,” Five College Japan Lecture Series, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

2011            “Butoh History and Contemporary Practice: Eiko & Koma as Case Study,” for Dancing World Cultures undergraduate seminar, California Institute of the Arts.

2010            “From ground zero to Ground Zero: Choreographing the Transnational Local in Eiko & Koma’s Offering” for Dance Citizenship and Diaspora graduate seminar, University of Minnesota.

2010            “Genealogies of Dance History: Eiko & Koma,” Guest Lecture for Dance History undergraduate seminar, University of Minnesota.

2010            “Eiko & Koma: Choreographing Place in Asian America” for Delicious Movement undergraduate seminar, University of Minnesota.

2010            “Building Community through Intercultural Collaborations: Eiko & Koma’s Cambodian Stories” for Arts in the Community undergraduate seminar, UCLA.

2010            “Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is not Empty” for Dance Studies undergraduate seminar, UCLA.

2009            “Writing Eiko & Koma: An Introduction” for Delicious Movement undergraduate seminar, Wesleyan University.

2009            “Writing Eiko & Koma: Choreographic Analysis, Oral History, Archival Research” at Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

2007            “Arts Activism and HIV/AIDS” for Arts in the Community undergraduate seminar, UCLA.

 

Choreography

2016        Surface, collaboration with sculptor Colby Parsons, premiere at Texas Woman's University Arts Walk, Denton, TX

2015            Beyond Words, collaboration with Momentary Gamelan Ensemble, premiere at Grackle Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

2015            Into the Quarry, site-specific work at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, presented in cooperation with the City of Denton, TX Sustainability Program

2012            the temple snakes licked her ears clean so she could hear the future, presented by Body Weather Laboratory/Flower of the Season, Los Angeles, CA

2009            excerpere, presented by Anatomy Riot, Los Angeles, CA

2009            Fullness Comes, presented by Body Weather Laboratory/Flower of the Season, Los Angeles, CA

2008            Descent, presented by The Theatre Expansion, Providence, RI

 

Fellowships and Academic Awards

2016                        New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowship

2016                        Creative Arts and Humanities Research Grant, TWU

2015            School of the Arts Interdisciplinary Collaboration Initiative Grant, TWU

2015            College of Arts and Sciences Arts & Humanities Research Development Grant

2014            Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts Faculty Scholarship Enhancement Grant

2013             Texas Woman’s University Faculty Development Grant

2012              Mellon Dance Studies in/and the Humanities Summer Seminar

2011-12            Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

2011-12            Tillie Olsen Research Scholar Grant, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

2010-11            Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA

2010-11            Aratani Field Experience Scholarship

2010-11            Hiroshi Wagatsuma Graduate Fellowship

2009-10            Dean’s Scholarship, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

2009-10            The Sasakawa Japanese Language Study Fellowship

2008-09            Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA

2008-09            The Sasakawa Japanese Language Study Fellowship

2008-09            Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA

2007-08            Regents Stipend, UCLA

2007-08            Clifton Webb Fine Arts Scholarship

2007-08            Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA

 

Courses Taught

DNCE 2171-01 Urban and Global Dance Forms/Butoh

DNCE 3143-50 World Dance Forms

DNCE 4123-01 Dance as Public Practice

DNCE 5023-01 Academic Writing and Research

DNCE 5243-01 Pedagogical Foundations in Dance

DNCE 6113-01 Dance and Culture

DNCE 6113-01 Scholarly Inquiry

DNCE 6113-02 Choreographies of Writing

DNCE 6113-02 Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

DNCE 6113-02 Performance Studies

DNCE 6113-02 Scholarly Writing

 

Service

2014-15            Texas Woman’s University Graduate Council

2014-15            Texas Woman’s University Graduate Council Research Committee

2013-15            Society of Dance History Scholars, Recording Secretary

2012-                Coordinator, MA Program in Dance, Texas Woman’s University

2012-14            Congress on Research in Dance, Conference Committee

2011-12            Undergraduate Admissions Committee, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures

2010-11            Planning Committee, “Between Experiment, Form, and Culturalism: Butoh History and Contemporary Practice,” international symposium

2008-10            Member, Faculty Executive Committee, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

2008-09            Co-Chair, Dance Under Construction XI, A UC Graduate Student conference

2006-08            Representative, World Arts and Cultures/Dance Graduate Student Organization, UCLA

2006-08            Member, Dean’s Student Council, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

 

Field Work

2010            2 months in Tokyo, Japan: Eiko & Koma, butoh history and contemporary practice

2007            2 months in Karnataka, India: contemporary devadasi communities, performance and HIV education

 

Languages

French             Certificat de langue française, nivel superieur, Sorbonne cours d’êté

German            high intermediate level: speaking, writing, reading

Japanese          advanced beginning level: speaking, writing, reading

 

Professional Memberships

Association for Asian American Studies

Association for Asian Performance

Association for Asian Studies

Congress on Research in Dance

International Federation for Theatre Research

Society of Dance History Scholars