Between the lines: The Art of Choreology

Benesh International Congress – 22-24 May 2020

Benesh International at the RAD are hosting the 2020 Benesh International Congress, from 22-24 May 2020.

Taking place every four years, this is a rare opportunity for Benesh professionals, students and those interested in BMN from all over the world to gather together, connect and discuss the latest developments within the Benesh community. This is the first congress to be hosted by the newly re-branded Benesh International, formally known as the Benesh Institute. It will also form a part of the RAD’s Centenary celebrations.

For Between the lines: The Art of Choreology, we are planning a vibrant and varied schedule combining lectures, participatory workshops, carousel sessions, round tables and daily plenary sessions – as well as time to meet and network with the global Benesh community. The congress will be book-ended with an Introductory course to BMN on 21 May and a Benesh Exams Intensive Training Day on 25 May. More details will be available soon

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Call for contributions 

We are now calling for contributions which address the theme of Between the lines: The Art of Choreology, focusing on choreographic heritage and legacy, learning from the past to shape the future, as well as increasing knowledge to build a thriving and inspirational professional body of choreologists.

We’ll explore:

  • educational tools, resources, methods, learning journeys, technical updates and reviews,
  • current professional practices (what is required from contemporary choreographer and how notation adapts to these challenges, choreographic legacy and heritage),
  • new technologies, social media and other developments and applications of BMN,
  • cataloguing/preserving best practice, library and publications matters, and
  • any other BMN related topics (working as a freelancer, etc.).

Contributions may take the form of lectures, or practical/participatory workshops (dance studio is also available for those who need space to move). You can also give a short presentation as part of a carousel panel (a more informal presentation of a topic). Proposals for panel and round table discussions are also welcomed.

The length of sessions are as follows:

  • Lecture: 45-50 mins
  • Practical/participatory workshop: 45-50 mins
  • Carousel presentation: 15-20 mins
  • Round table discussions: 50-60 mins

We also encourage expressions of interest from postgraduate and early careers professionals who wish to present their work in a supportive environment.

To make an application, presenters should complete the web form accompanied by an abstract (200 words max) and a biography (100 words max). This will need to be submitted to the BI Congress committee at by no later than Monday 16 September 2019.


Roehampton University in London is situated on the edge of Richmond Park, south of Hammersmith Bridge and with close links from London Waterloo, offering interchangeable conference space and a selection of modern and historic venues. Roehampton Elm Grove is situated in the stunning parkland campus of Roehampton University. Benesh International Congress spaces include:

  • Oak Suite holding up to 140 people (which can be then split into three individual meeting rooms),
  • A dance studio
  • Lime Tree Suite top floor catering suite, breakout area
  • 30 ensuite bedrooms within the conference centre for guests

Just a five-minute bus ride from Barnes mainline station with direct links to central London (London Waterloo and Clapham Junction) and five minutes from the A3. There are also regular bus services from Putney, Wimbledon and Hammersmith which all have underground stations direct to central London – only 15 minutes away. It is also within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick airport and has a number of car parking spaces available on site.

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