Dynamic Cartography: Body, Architecture, and Performative Space, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Dynamic Cartography

Body, Architecture, and Performative Space, 1st Edition

By Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez


198 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367266202
pub: 2020-07-31
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Dynamic Cartography analyses the works of Rudolf Laban, Lawrence Halprin, Anne Bogart, Adolphe Appia, Cedric Price, Joan Littlewood, and Heìlio Oiticica. They are practitioners who have worked on different areas of enquiry from the existing relations between body and space through movement, events or actions but whose work has never been presented from this perspective or in this context. The work and methodologies set up by these practitioners, enable us to develop a practice-based exploration. Some of the experiments of the book –Micro-actions I and II- explore the presence of the body in the space. In Kinetography I and II, Laban’s dance notation system – Kinetography - is used to create these dynamic cartographies. Kinetography III, proposes the analysis of an urban public space, through the transcription of the body movement contained on it. The series Dynamic Cartographies (I, II and III), analyses movement in geometrically controlled spaces, through the Viewpoints techniques, by Anne Bogart. Finally, Wooosh and Trellick Tales present two projects in which performance is applied in order to analyze and understand urban and architectural space.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Table



Chapter 1: Body and the surrounding space: scoring body movement

1.1 Introduction: Spatial body rituals

1.2 The representation of movement

1.3 Rudolf Laban: Kinetography as a spatial scoring system

1.4 Scores: The representation of processes

1.5 Scoring: mapping spatial processes

1.6 Experiments

Kinetography I: movement notation for one body

Kinetography II: movement scores on stage

Kinetography III: movement scores in complex environments

1.7 From surrounding space to geometry

Chapter 2: Body and Geometry: Contemporary Rituals

2.1 Introduction: Performativity and Ritual

2.2 Body, space and geometry. Oskar Schlemmer

2.3 The Laboratory of Movement Study – L.E.M. (Le Laboratoire d’Estude du Mouvement)

2.4 Viewpoints: a spatial composition tool

2.5 Experiments

Dynamic Cartography I: movement analysis in squares and rectangles

Dynamic Cartography II: movement analysis in triangles

Dynamic Cartography III: movement analysis in a circle

2.6 From surrounding geometry to scenic space

Chapter 3: Body and Scenic Space: Ritual Spaces

3.1 Introduction: the origins of space

3.2 Reflections on space

3.3 The Work of Living Art: Radical proposals for the mise-en-scene of Wagnerian drama

3.4 The body in the theatrical space. The Greek theatre

3.5 Atmospheres

3.6 Experiments

Micro-actions in Greece


3.7 From scenic space to Architectural Programme

Chapter 4: Body and Architecture: Spatial Dramaturgies

4.1 Introduction: the Architectural Script

4.2 Once upon a time, a laboratory of fun

4.3 Event and situation

4.4 Performative architecture

4.5 Breaking the architectural fourth wall

4.6 Experiments

Wooosh! A site-specific performance in the city of Winchester

4.7 From Architectural Programme to Landscape

Chapter 5: Body and Landscape: Performativity and Social Space

5.1 Introduction: Urban Anthropophagy

5.2 The representation of landscape

5.3 Corpografias (corpographies) and Corpocidade (corpocity)

5.4 The body as a means of artistic expression

5.5 Environmental Art and Thirdspace

5.6 Experiments

Trellick tales: The Thirdspace of Trellick Tower

5.7 From Landscape to the Surrounding Space


Conclusions: Towards the creation of a Dynamic Cartography. An interdisciplinary methodology

About the Author

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez is a lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design (BCU) and a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Performing Arts at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK). Her work has been published in international journals and presented at the Dance Biennale of Venice, the Biennale of Architecture in Venice, or the Prague Quadrennial of Scenography.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General