Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance?

Subject: Re: Documenting A Ballet Dance?
From: foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com
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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 12:31:53 -0800

Yes, there are in deed ways to document dance. And in the past I have
done so. At one time as an adult I took ballet, and, when we
choreographed our own dances, we wrote them down noting steps and
direction. While this can become quite complex when there are more
dancers on stage, it is possible. When I did so, I would document other
than the main dancer with "See A for second dancer, etc." Of course, it
is better when it is accompanied by a video. And, I have seen software
demonstrated where a figure can perform specific steps in succession,
giving an added dimension to the written word.

One of the real problems that exists in documenting dance is that there
are several ways to abbreviate step notations, and, therefore there is
not one system that is universally known and used. Each company and each
choreographer can have and use a distinct method/language.

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<snip>
> I know that you asked the question facetiously, but there is indeed
> a
> way to document dancing. In fact, there are many. See Edward Tufte's
>
> "Envisioning Information" for a summary, and Ann Hutchinson Guest's
>
> 1985 "A brief survey of 53 systems of dance notation" for details.
> There are similar things for the martial arts, but they're not (in
> my
> limited experience) as sophisticated or nuanced.
>
> Yes, I _am_ a veritable font of nearly useless information. Why do
> you
> ask? <g>
>
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