Congratulations to Katja for her participation with an article on Jiří Kylián (“Jiří Kylián: The Fusion of Dance Genres and the Renewal of Ballet”) to the collection on contemporary ballet co-edited by Dr. Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel and Dr. Jill Nunes Jensen.
The 848 pages long The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet contains 53 articles by 54 authors, and is published by the Oxford University Press. The anthology aims at looking closer at the (most) recent developments of ballet covering questions regarding legacies and aesthetics but also composition, training, and politics. The volume provides “new perspectives on ballet’s past, present, and future” to reconsider ballet globally, from the north to the south, the west to the east. Katja Vaghi’s article considers the works of the Czech but Netherlands based choreographer Kylián. The artistic director of the Nederlands Dans Theater between 1975 and 1999 and its in-house choreographer until 2009, Kylián is mostly known for his delicately intricate duets. He developed a choreographic language based on the ballet principle of verticality mixed with the articulations of the torso typical of the Graham technique and influenced most of the subsequent dance productions in the Netherlands. The volume also includes articles on William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Karole Armitage, Michael Clark, Wayne McGregor, Mauro Bigonzetti, Chaty Marston, Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and many others.
Notes: Vaghi, Katja (2021) “Jiří Kylián: The Fusion of Dance Genres and the Renewal of Ballet”, in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, co-edited by Dr. Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel and Dr. Jill Nunes Jensen, Oxford: Oxford University Press.