Notate, Document, Score: Body culture & visual culture from Laban to Judson and beyond

Session Convenors

Paisid Aramphongphan, De Montfort University

Hyewon Yoon, University of New Hampshire

Session Abstract

This session will examine the intersections of body culture and visual culture across time, encompassing notation, performance and experimental scores, photographic documentation, film, and other archival sources. Rather than focusing on rubrics traditionally understood as dance, such as choreography and performance designed for time-limited showings, we seek papers that examine body and movement as an expanded field of practice, and how that fits within, emerges out of, and/or shapes a particular social and historical context.

Examples include 1920s body culture in Germany and the figure of Rudolf Laban, labanotation as visual culture, and related developments in abstraction, the body in dada, and the Bauhaus. Post-1960, the Judson Dance Theater spawned off new experiments enmeshed in the countercultural ethos, the latter formative for the emergence of contact improvisation and contemporary dance techniques such as release. Like Laban, early release practitioners also made visual work in their own right, exploring the logic of their bodily practice through visual means. We may further link this body of work at the liminal space between notation and creation, art and dance, with work such as Trisha Brown’s drawings and more recent iterations in contemporary practices, such as William Forsythe’s digital experiments.

Along with papers, this session welcomes alternative format proposals such as performance, workshop, re-enactment, oral history, sub-panel with practitioners.

To offer a paper or alternative format proposals
Please email your paper or alternative format proposal direct to the session convenors, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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