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Dynamic Cartography
Body, Architecture, and Performative Space

ISBN 9780367507411
Published February 1, 2022 by Routledge
182 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dynamic Cartography analyses the works of Rudolf Laban, Lawrence Halprin, Anne Bogart, Adolphe Appia, Cedric Price, Joan Littlewood, and Hélio 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 in 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 analyse and understand urban and architectural space.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations



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

Introduction: spatial body rituals

The representation of movement

Rudolf Laban: Kinetography as a spatial scoring system

Scores: the representation of processes

Scoring: mapping spatial processes

Kinetography I: movement notation for one body
Kinetography II: movement scores on stage
Kinetography III: movement scores in complex environments

From surrounding space to geometry

Chapter 2: Body and Geometry: Contemporary Rituals

Introduction: performativity and ritual

Body, space, and geometry

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

Viewpoints: a spatial composition tool

Dynamic Cartography I, II, and III

From geometry to the scenic space

Chapter 3: Body and Scenic Space: Ritual Spaces

Introduction: the origins of space

Reflections on space

The Work of Living Art: radical proposals for the mise- en- scène of Wagnerian drama

The body in the theatrical space: the Greek theatre


Micro-actions in Greece
, Old Vinegar Factory (2015, Limassol, Cyprus)

From scenic space to architectural programme

Chapter 4: Body and Architecture: Spatial Dramaturgies

Introduction: the architectural script

Once upon a time, a laboratory of fun

Event and situation

The art of action

Performative architecture

Breaking the architectural fourth wall

Wooosh! (Winchester, 2016)

From programme to landscape

Chapter 5: Body and Landscape: Performativity and Social Space

Introduction: urban anthropophagy

The representation of landscape

Corpografias (corpographies) and corpocidade (corpocity)

The body as a means of artistic expression

Environmental art and Thirdspace

Trellick Tales: the Thirdspace of Trellick Tower

From landscape to the surrounding space

Conclusions: towards the creation of a dynamic cartography – an interdisciplinary methodology

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María José Martínez Sánchez is a lecturer the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design (BCU), UK, and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Performing Arts at the 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, the Spanish National Theatre (CDN), and the Prague Quadrennial of Scenography.