This is the research blog of dancers Eleanor Sikorski, Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann. As the artistic directors of Nora they curate and perform together, inviting choreographers to make work for them to perform.

As of October 2016, Nora have been undertaking a period of international research into creative processes, alternative dance ‘company’ models and the agency and responsibility that comes with curating and collaborating. They will be publishing videos, interviews, text and images. This research will culminate in a series of Nora Talks and a new series of artist commissions in 2017/18.

For information about all of Nora's work and performance dates visit www.noramoves.com

Critiquing Criticism

Critiquing Criticism

Dawn musings on contemporary dance criticism and my desire to restoke the BELLYFLOP fire.

Bibliography and corrections:

BELLYFLOP MAGAZINE www.bellyflopmag.com **Correction: BELLYFLOP has been quiet but not entirely dormant since 2014. What I meant is: "Shall I restoke the BELLYFLOP fire?"**

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST, BELLYFLOP'S 2013 WILD CARD AT SADLER'S WELLS www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/wild-card-2013-the-belly-of-the-beast

BELLYFLOP FRINGE AT DANCE UMBRELLA 2013 www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/bellyflop-fringe-2013

CUE POSITIONS SYMPOSIUM 2013 www.bellyflopmag.com/projects/cuepositions

HIRU DANCE ORGANISATION www.facebook.com/hirudance

NORA www.noramoves.com

SADLER'S WELLS' BIG INTENSIVE **Correction: 2010 not 2012** www.dancerspro.com/uk/noticeboard/2727

LIZ LERMAN www.lizlerman.com/crpLL.html

SADLER'S WELLS SUMMER UNIVERSITY www.sadlerswells.com/jerwoodstudio

STARRING YOUR PAIN www.thesickofthefringe.com/starring-your-pain **Correction: #1 The festival was, in fact, about art and the fringe's ability "to change the way we talk about health, illness and wellness . . . to make lives better . . . and inspire the participation of marginalised voices, inspiring new outlooks and more effective policy." #2 Rosemary Waugh was the fourth speaker on Maddy Costa's 'Starring Your Pain' panel, not Megan Vaughan.**

MADDY COSTA www.exeuntmagazine.com/author/maddy-costa

ROSEMARY WAUGH www.exeuntmagazine.com/author/rosemary-wagg

MEGAN VAUGHAN www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/2015/megan-vaughan-edinburgh-like-black-hole-theatre

ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY www.acontemporarystruggle.com/about

SWAGGA www.acontemporarystruggle.com/swagga

LUKE JENNINGS www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jun/21/swagga-review-yard-theatre-london-charlotte-cooper-kay-hyatt

LYN GARDNER www.theguardian.com/profile/lyngardner

ARLENE CROCE www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/12/26/discussing-the-undiscussable

BOBBY BAKER www.dailylifeltd.co.uk/bobby-baker

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