Rosemary Candelario writes about and makes dances engaged with Asian and Asian American dance, butoh, ecology and site-related performance. She was awarded the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research for her book Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma's Asian/American Choreographies (Wesleyan University Press 2016) and received the 2022 Mid-Career Award from the Dance Studies Association. Candelario is the co-editor with Bruce Baird of The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance (2018) and with Matthew Henley of Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, Practices (Routledge 2023). Recent choreographic premieres include aqueous (site version, 2021), aqueous (stage version 2019) and 100 Ways to Kiss the Trees (2018). Candelario is the Dance Studies Association Vice President for Publications and Research. Candelario is Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and holds a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?
Being part of a welcoming and rigorous space for creative thinking and making.
What is your favorite thing about Austin?
Art, music, performance and FOOD!
Asian and Asian American dance, butoh, ecology and performance politics and performance of reproductive health
Research Methods and Resources, Performance as Research
- 2016 - Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.
- Co-Edited Volumes:
- 2023 - Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, Practices. Co-edited with Matthew Henley. London: Routledge.
- 2018 - The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance. Co-edited with Bruce Baird. London: Routledge.
- Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
- 2023 - “Violences, Aftermaths, And Family, Or: How To Make Dances In This Body?” Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies 42 (“Dancing in the Aftermath of Anti-Asian Violence” special issue). doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/conversations.3647.
- 2021 - 舞踏百景--グローバルでローカルなダンス (“Butoh Landscapes: A Global And Local Dance”). In Robert Ono and Tomoe Aihara (Eds.), Butoh Nyumon: Nikutai wo Honyaku Suru (“Introduction to Butoh: Translating the Body”). Tokyo: Bungaku Tsushin.
- 2019 - “Dancing the Space: Butoh and Body Weather as Training for Ecological Consciousness.” In The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, edited by Stacey Prickett and Helen Thomas, 11-21. London: Routledge.
- 2018 - “Choreographing American Dance Archives: Artist-driven Archival Projects by Eiko & Koma, Bebe Miller, and Jennifer Monson.” Dance Research Journal 50, no. 1: 80-102.
- 2018 - “Dancing with hyperobjects: ecological Body Weather choreographies from Height of Sky to Into the Quarry.” Choreographic Practices 9, no. 1: 45-58.
- 2016 - “An Asian American Land: Eiko & Koma Choreograph Cultural Politics.” Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance, edited by Yutian Wong, 174-190. 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, edited by Melissa Blanco Borelli, 365-377. New York: Oxford University Press.
- 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 & Feminist Online 11, no. 3 (Summer)
- 2010 - “A Manifesto for Moving: Eiko & Koma’s Delicious Movement Workshops.” Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 1, no. 1 (March): 88-100.
- 2022 - “aqueous: Rio Bosque Wetlands,” site-specific performance in El Paso, Texas, as part of University of Texas, El Paso’s World Water Week
- 2021 - “aqueous: Film.” https://vimeo.com/733758121
- 2021 - “aqueous: North Lakes Park,” site-specific performance in Denton, Texas
- 2021 - “aqueous: North Beach,” site specific performance in Port Townsend, Oregon, as part of the Olympic Peninsula Butoh Festival
- 2019 - “aqueous,” premiere at the Kyoto Butoh Festival, Kyoto, Japan. Also performed at the Houston Fringe Festival
- 2019 - “Confluence,” choreographed with Heyward Bracey and Nguyễn Nguyên, premiere at Beach Dances, Santa Monica, California. Also performed at Gold Series 2, Pasadena, California.
- 2018 - “Landlocked Merpeople,” collaboration with Tanya Calamoneri (choreography), West Oxking and Seth Warren Crow (music), premiere at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Also performed at Butoh Next, New York City, 2019
- 2018 - “100 Ways to Kiss the Trees” presented at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Denton, Texas in cooperation with Sustainable Denton
- 2017 - “Into the Quarry: Equinox,” presented at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Denton, Texas in cooperation with Sustainable Denton
- 2016 - "Surface," collaboration with sculptor Colby Parsons, premiere at Texas Woman’s University
- 2015 - "Into the Quarry," site-specific work at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, presented in cooperation with the City of Denton Sustainability Program