How can various technologies, from the more conventional to the very new, be used to archive, share and understand dance movement? How can they become part of new ways of creating dance? What does this tell us about the ways in which technology is part of how we make sense and think?
Well-known choreographers and dance collectives including William Forsythe, Siohban Davis, Merce Cunningham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and BADco. have initiated projects to investigate these questions, and in so doing have inaugurated a new era for dance archives, education, research and creation. Their work draws attention to the intimate relationship between the technologies we use and the ways in which we think, perceive, and make sense.
Transmission in Motion examines these extraordinary projects ‘from the inside’, presenting in-depth analyses by the practitioners, artists and collectives involved in their development. These studies are framed by scholarly reflection, illuminating the significance of these projects in the context of current debates on dance, the (multi-media) archive, immaterial cultural heritage and copyright, embodied cognition, education, media culture and the knowledge society.
Table of Contents
- Movements Across Media: Twelve Tools for Transmission.
- Not Fade Away—Thoughts on Preserving Cunningham’s Loops
- Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine: The Experience of a Sensorial Edition
- William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies. A Short Design History of Digital Dance Transmission Projects on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM 1994 – 2011
- A Choreographer’s Score: Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker
- Archiving the Dance: Making Siobhan Davies RePlay
- Digital Dance Archives
- The Dance-Tech Project: How Like a Network
- Double Skin/Double Mind: EG | PC’s Interactive Installation
- What Else Might this Dance Look Like? Synchronous Objects
- Wayne McGregor’s Choreographic Language Agent
- BADco. and Daniel Turing: Whatever Dance Toolbox
- Motion Bank: a Broad Context for Choreographic Research
- Making Knowledge from Movement. Some Notes on the Contextual Impetus to Transmit Knowledge from Dance
- Dancing in Digital Archives: Circulation, Pedagogy, Performance
- Digital Dance: The Challenges for Traditional Copyright Law
- Between Grammatization and Live Movement Sampling
- What if this Were an Archive? Abstraction, Enactment, and Human Implicatedness
- Indeterminate Acts: Technology, Choreography and Bodily Affects
- Newman’s Note, Entanglement, and the Demands of Choreography: Letter to a Choreographer
Maaike Bleeker and Scott deLahunta
Marlon Barrios Solano
Bertha Bermúdez Pascual
Norah Zuniga Shaw
Nikolina Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš and Tomislav Medak
Charlotte Waelde & Sarah Whatley
Sally Jane Norman
List of Contributors
Maaike Bleeker is a professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.