The primary use of dance notation is the documentation, analysis and reconstruction of choreography and dance forms or technical exercises . Many different forms of dance notation have been created but the two main systems used in Western culture are Labanotation (also known as KinetographyLaban ) and Benesh Movement Notation . Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation and DanceWriting are also in use, but to a lesser extent.
Several notation systems are used only for specific dance forms , for example, Shorthand DanceNotation (dances from Israel ), Morris Dance Notation ( Morris dance ) and Beauchamp-Feuillet notation ( Historical dances from the Baroque period).
Hutchinson Guest's seminal book Choreographics ( 1989 ), compares thirteenhistorical and present-day dance notation systems (with visual examples) and through 'one to one' comparisons illustrates theadvantages, and disadvantages of each system. The book is good introduction to the development and implementation dance notationsystems.
Notation and Computers
In the field of Dance technology there are four areas of dancenotation research and development:
Dance notation systems
Dance notation software
Dance Technology / dance notation applications
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