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Dance notation


Dance notation is the symbolic representation of dance movement,it is analogous to Movement notation but can belimited to representing human movement and specific forms of dance such as Tapdance . Various methods have been to used to visually represent dance movements including:

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:

  • notation editing software for the creation of printed notation scores
  • machine-readable versions of existing dance notation
  • handwritten and / or machine readable dance notation for computer animation and Human use
  • machine specific movement notation such as Motion capture data

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Further reading

  • Cage, J. and Knowles, A. (1973) Notations. Reprint Services Corp. ISBN 0685148645
  • Henner, D (2003) Transformationen - Bewegung in Notation und digitaler Verarbeitung in Fellsches, J (Ed)Folkwang-Texte Bd. 18. Verlag Die Blaue Eule, Essen. ISBN 389924057X
  • Hutchinson Guest, A. (1989) Choreographics: A Comparison of Dance Notation Systems from the Fifteenth Century to thePresent. Routledge ISBN9057000032
  • Neagle, R.J. and Ng, K.C. (2003) Machine-representation and Visualisation of a Dance Notation. in Proceedings ofElectronic Imaging and the Visual Arts - London July 2003.

External links

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Dance Technology / dance notation applications

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