1st Edition

Transmission in Motion The Technologizing of Dance

Edited By Maaike Bleeker Copyright 2017
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    Part 1

    1. Movements Across Media: Twelve Tools for Transmission.
    2. Maaike Bleeker and Scott deLahunta

    3. Not Fade Away—Thoughts on Preserving Cunningham’s Loops
    4. Paul Kaiser

    5. Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine: The Experience of a Sensorial Edition
    6. Florence Corin

    7. William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies. A Short Design History of Digital Dance Transmission Projects on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM 1994 – 2011
    8. Chris Ziegler

    9. A Choreographer’s Score: Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker
    10. Bojana Cvejić

    11. Archiving the Dance: Making Siobhan Davies RePlay
    12. Sarah Whatley

    13. Digital Dance Archives
    14. Rachel Fensham

    15. The Dance-Tech Project: How Like a Network
    16. Marlon Barrios Solano

    17. Double Skin/Double Mind: EG | PC’s Interactive Installation
    18. Bertha Bermúdez Pascual 

    19. What Else Might this Dance Look Like? Synchronous Objects
    20. Norah Zuniga Shaw

    21. Wayne McGregor’s Choreographic Language Agent
    22. Scott deLahunta

    23. BADco. and Daniel Turing: Whatever Dance Toolbox
    24. Nikolina Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš and Tomislav Medak

    25. Motion Bank: a Broad Context for Choreographic Research
    26. Scott deLahunta

      Part 2

    27. Making Knowledge from Movement. Some Notes on the Contextual Impetus to Transmit Knowledge from Dance
    28. James Leach

    29. Dancing in Digital Archives: Circulation, Pedagogy, Performance
    30. Harmony Bench

    31. Digital Dance: The Challenges for Traditional Copyright Law
    32. Charlotte Waelde & Sarah Whatley

    33. Between Grammatization and Live Movement Sampling
    34. Sally Jane Norman

    35. What if this Were an Archive? Abstraction, Enactment, and Human Implicatedness
    36. Maaike Bleeker

    37. Indeterminate Acts: Technology, Choreography and Bodily Affects
    38. Chris Salter

    39. Newman’s Note, Entanglement, and the Demands of Choreography: Letter to a Choreographer

    Alva Noë

    List of Contributors



    Maaike Bleeker is a professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.