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These choreographers have shown us that dancers are, to say it bluntly, not dumb.  If you couldn't tell already from their intense and genius movement works, these brilliant writings, whether autobiographical, theoretical, analytical, or instructional, show us that their spacial sensibility for the stage translates wonderfully to the page.

In their books, these choreographers give us insight into dance and life through their unique artistic perspective, making them some of the most treasured dance writing there is to read.  Here are the 5 must reads, in alphabetical order, by choreographers for both dancers and non-dancers alike.


1.  Ananya Chatterjea. Butting Out: Reading Resistive Choreographies Through Works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Chandralekha. (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2004.)

2.  Graham, Martha.  Blood Memory: An Autobiography. (New York: Doubleday, 1991.)

3.  Bill T. Jones.  Last Night on Earth. (New York: Pantheon Books, 1995.)

4.  Yvonne Rainer.  Feelings Are Facts: A Life. (Cambridge, Massachusetts & London: The MIT Press, 2006.)

5.  Twyla Tharp.  The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.)

We all relate to different writers in our own ways....Did I miss your favorite? Please respond to post your "must read"!

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