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Research in Dance and Physical Education - Vol. 2, No. 1, pp.39-52
ISSN: 2586-1034 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Jun 2018
Received 30 Apr 2018 Revised 25 May 2018 Accepted 25 Jun 2018

The Material Base for Contemporary Dance: Market, Funding, and Employment
Sue In Kim*
Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Correspondence to : *


This study investigates the material base of contemporary dance such as market, funding, and employment in western countries including U.S., France, U.K., and Germany by critically reviewing related literature. Then I reflect on the dance scene in Korea. As contemporary dance is characterized as a subsidized market in all countries examined above, my investigation uses Hillman-Chartrand & McCaughey’s four models of governmental supporting the arts. I question how contemporary dance artists work and exist in the related industry and how their work practices inform their creative activities. By exploring these questions, I attempt to suggest a close relationship between the material base of present time and dance that is contemporaneous. Considering the powerful influence of postindustrial capitalism with global impact, contemporary dance world is expected to develop depending on what kinds of stance each artist and each country take in response to it.

Keywords: contemporary dance, subsidized market, public funding, employment, cultural industry

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