Tethered Across Distance: Choreographing with Motif Notation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Teresa Heiland, Professor of Dance Education (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Motif notation is a powerful tool for creativity and community building, even across longdistances. Heiland and Riggs Leyva’s project called Tethered is a collaborative trans-nationalchoreograph work created through motif notation, inspired by geographical separation whileremaining tethered to one another through the main ideas, themes, concepts, and motif notationscores. They co-developed motif notation scores and compositional structures together in personbefore the choreographic process began. Then they separated, and they live 2,300 miles (3,700km) apart. Subsequently, the creative process of staging the dances occurred at distant locations,in California and Iowa.By guiding the dancers through the creation of two versions of Tethered, they developed aperformance project using notation and dance notation literacy practices. Using qualitativeresearch methods, they researched the dancers’ experiences using motif notation as their keyapproach into dance making – an approach they had never used before – in addition to theirexperience with gaining dance notation literacy.

Additional Information

Proceedings of the Thirtieth Biennial Conference of the International Council of Kinetography Laban, 2017
Language: English
Date: 2017
dance notation, dance choreography, motif notation scores, dance literacy

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