Rosemary Candelario, Ph.D.
(Assistant Professor) is an emerging scholar who conducts cutting-edge research on the globalization of the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form butoh, focusing in particular on how a performance practice that arose out of a particular time and place has been loosed from its historical moorings to migrate around the world. Her interdisciplinary research raises important questions about dance in diaspora, cultural appropriation and innovation, intercultural work, and the meaning of locality. Other research interests include Asian American dance, site-specific performance, arts activism, space and place, and representations of sex and reproduction in performance and pop culture. Rosemary’s publications include an article in the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
and forthcoming pieces in Asian Theatre Journal
, Asian American Performance, Dance, and Theatre History: A Critical Reader
(Oxford University Press), and the Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen
. She is currently working on a monograph on the dancers Eiko & Koma, tentatively titled Choreographing Space in Asian America
. Rosemary was a Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women where she was awarded the Tillie Olsen Research Scholar Grant. She was also a Mellon Archive Fellow with the Dance Heritage Coalition. She was a key organizer of the first US-based international symposium on butoh, Between Experiment, Form and Culturalism: Butoh in History and Contemporary Practice (2011) and currently serves on the Conference Committee of the Congress on Research in Dance. Her choreography has been produced in New England and Los Angeles, and as a dancer she has performed across the United States, and in Canada and Germany. Rosemary holds a MA and PhD in Culture and Performance with a concentration in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Anthropology and German Language and Literature from Boston University.