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Exploring Dance Notation:

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Denise Brown

on 6 January 2016

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Transcript of Exploring Dance Notation:

After note-taking (for Part 1 or Part 2) and learning about Rudolf Laban/Labanotation & Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest/Motif Notation, we will share some of your discoveries and complete the following graphic organizer.
What is Motif Notation?
Motif Notation:
Motif Notation, is closely related to Labanotation.
Uses most of the
same symbols and terminology, have a similar format (written vertically as a score), and both record movement
found in all styles and genres of dance.
Motif Notation, however, uses the
Movement Alphabet (the basic ideas for movement) and is a much simpler form of notation.
Research Source:
Brief Background:
expert in dance notation
, highly acclaimed
author and researcher
on dance and is the founder of the Language of Dance Centre and creator of
Motif Notation
Studied Labanotation in England in the 1930's, and trained in modern dance and ballet.
In New York she co-founded and directed the
Dance Notation Bureau
, danced on
and taught at the J
uilliard School
Her research into dance notation systems of the past provided
revivals of ballets
such as the Pas de Six from La Vivandiere and Nijinsky's L'Apres-midi d'un Faune.
Research Source:
Who is Dr. Ann Hutchinson-Guest?
What has she contributed to the world of Dance?
Laban's Movement Choirs
What were Laban's Movement Choirs?
What do they remind you of?
What is Labanotation?:
detailed system
for recording movement on paper.
Important for
reconstructing and preserving
early works of choreographers.
Labanotation Symbols
and a
Labanotation Score
: http://dancenotation.org/lnbasics/frame0.html
Where can you study Labanotation?
*Dance Notation Bureau-NYC
*Laban Centre-London, England
*Check out: http://labanlab.osu.edu/morefolder/more.html#dnb
Research Sources
: http://www.lodc.org/about-us/labanotation.html, as well as above sites.
Labanotation: Created in 1928 by Rudolf Laban
Compare & Contrast:
Rudolf Laban & Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest
Who was Rudolf Laban?
What did he contribute to the world of Dance?
Rudolf von Laban
(1879-1958) was born in Bratislava, Hungary. Laban was a dancer, a choreographer and a dance / movement theoretician.
Major Contributions:
Laban created
-the discipline (subject) of
dance analysis
), and invented a system of
dance notation
, now known as
Kinetography Laban
. Laban was the
first person to develop community dance
and he has set out to reform the role of dance education, emphasizing his belief that dance should be made available to everyone.
Research Source:
Introduction to Rudolf Laban:
What details can you discover in this video?
Elementary Labanotation Instruction: DNB
Exploring Dance Notation:
Labanotation and Motif Notation History

What did Laban study? What inspired Laban's love for movement?
Movement Choirs:
Large number of dance participants (community & togetherness focus).
Often performed in a non-traditional setting (outdoors/public spaces).
Movement choirs were for everyone and there was a focus on moving in unison.
Research Source: https://books.google.com/books?id=Czjdy1q8lS0C&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=Laban+movement+choirs&source=bl&ots=NaLfU06iXK&sig=Y-0EvuwOuZP6GGPFX6ctpf2wPkw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BEWoVK2JHs7wggThzoOABw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=Laban%20movement%20choirs&f=false
Movement Choirs VS
Flash Mobs
Click Here to View How Labanotation is Used! Skip to :53 Seconds to observe the man talking about a score used for a Dance.
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