International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Introduction

The Study Group on Ethnochoreology is the oldest Study Group in the ICTM. Since the establishment of the IFMC in 1947 in London, dance has been strongly represented by its membership. In 1962, a Folk Dance Commission was established at the IFMC Conference in Zlin, former Czechoslovakia. This group focused on folk dance terminology and in the early 1970s it renamed itself as the Study Group on Ethnochoreology, reflecting its changed remit beyond that of dance terminology to include cultural dimensions and other issues relating to ethnochoreology. Today, the Study Group on Ethnochoreology is the largest Study Group within the ICTM (name change from IFMC to ICTM occured in 1981) with a multidisciplinary membership. Scholars - young and old, critically engage in research and scholarship in their specific fields of dance research and share their insights with the membership at international biennial symposia. Currently, the Study Group has a membership of 171 people from over 45 nations worldwide.

The increased presence of ethnochoreology and dance anthropology programmes at universities in Europe, since the 1990s, is evidence of the growing interest in the field of dance, human movement practices and culture. The Study Group on Ethnochoreology provides an important forum and network for all scholars working and researching in this interdisciplinary field.  

Objectives

The objectives of the Study Group are

  • to promote research, documentation, and interdisciplinary study of dance
  • to provide a forum for cooperation among scholars and students of ethnochoreology by means of international meetings, publications, and correspondence
  • to contribute to cultural and societal understandings of humanity through the lens of dance

The Study Group organises biennial international symposia and publishes proceedings of these symposia (see Symposia and Publications page). A large percentage of the membership attend these symposia  The Study Group also meets informally at ICTM World Conferences.

List of Past Symposia

  • Graz, Austria - 2016
  • Korčula, Croatia – 2014
  • Limerick, Ireland – 2012
  • Třešt, Czech Republic – 2010
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2008
  • Cluj, Romania - 2006
  • Monghidoro, Italy – 2004
  • Szeged, Hungary – 2002 
  • Korčula, Croatia – 2000
  • Istanbul, Turkey - 1998
  • Třešt, Czech Republic -1996
  • Skierniewice, Poland -1994
  • Nafplion, Greece -1992
  • Budapest, Hungary – 1990
  • Copenhagen, Denmark – 1988 

Sub-Study Groups

Within the Study Group on Ethnochoreology there are sub-study groups focusing on specific areas of interest and relevance to the membership. These groups play an important role within the Study Group and generally correspond and meet between symposia. Currently there a number of active sub-study groups.  They include the following: 

  • Sub-Study Group on 19th Century Round Dances (Egil Bakka)
  • Sub-Study Group on Field Research Theory and Methods (Daniela Stavělová)
  • Sub-Study Group on Movement Analysis (Siri Maeland and János Fügedi)
  • Sub-Study Group on Dance and Ritual (Chi-fang Chao)

Sub-study groups also publish research in the form of books. These have included the following:

  • Kaeppler, Adrienne; Elsie Ivancich Dunin (Editors, 2007) Dance Structures: Perspectives on the Analysis of Human Movement, Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.

  • Sparti, Barbara; Van Zile, Judy (Editors, 2011) Imaging dance: visual representations of dancers and dancing. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.

Application for Membership

The Study Group on Ethnochoreology is open to all ICTM members who are involved in the field of research in dance, either as specialists in the field or in related fields.

Membership is obtained by writing to both the Chair (Catherine Foley) and the Secretary (Anne von Bibra Wharton). The Secretary will also require the return of a completed information sheet. 

Chairperson: Dr. Catherine Foley

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance 
University of Limerick 
Limerick 
Ireland
 
Tel: + 353 61 202922 
Fax: + 353 61 202589 

Vice Chairperson: Dr. Prof. Placida (Dina) Staro

Via La Lastra 26
40063 Monghidoro (Bologna)
Italia
E-mail: placida.staro@alice.it

Secretary/Treasurer: Anne von Bibra Wharton

Dance Department, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN.  U.S.A.  55057
Tel: +1-507-786-3663
E-mail: annevbibrawharton@gmail.com

Chair of Publication Committee: Dr. Tvrtko Zebec

Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku 
Šubićeva 42, 10 000  Zagreb
Croatia
Tel: +385 91 5026621
E-mail: zebec@ief.hr
 

 

 

 

Obituary

Obituary for William C. Reynolds, submitted by Elsie Ivancich Dunin

WILLIAM CLOYD REYNOLDS
(1945 –2004)

Report from the Sub-Study Group on Iconography

Report from the ICTM Ethnochoreology Sub-Study Group on Dance Iconography

News for the SUB-GROUP ON ICONOGRAPHY

Report on the sub-study group on Dance Iconography held in Bamberg,

27-30 March. Compiled by Barbara Sparti

Circular letter

22nd Symposium of ICTM Ethnochoreology Study Group, 24-31 July 2002, Szeged, Hungary

3rd Circular Letter

Tentative program
Topic #1: Re-appraising our past, moving into the future: research on dance and society
Topic #2: Dancer as a cultural performer

Report from the sub STG on Dans Revival

Short report from ICTM Study group on Ethnochoreology\'s sub study group on Dans Revival.

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