1st Edition

Transmission in Motion
The Technologizing of Dance

Edited By

Maaike Bleeker

ISBN 9781138189447
Published October 4, 2016 by Routledge
268 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

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



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

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