Help, I Can’t Remember my Dance!

 

Are you having trouble remembering your dance? Try writing it down with Motif Notation! Motif Notation uses symbols for the body, spacial pathways, actions, and energy. Motif Notation stems from Rudolf Laban’s Kinetography also know as Labanotation, which is the written form of dance. It’s like a music staff turned sideways, and describes every movement to a “T”.

This diagram points out the motif symbols used to describe the body.

Motif Notation is a great tool to help dancers document choreography. The symbols allows for quick writing. Plus, your notes will be much easier to read.

This diagram shows the symbols for spacial direction. The line indicates what direction to face.

This is an example of Labanotation. The center line represents the center of the body and the symbols that extend out represent other parts of the body, direction, level, timing, and even partnering.  

For more information about dance notation, CLICK HERE!

Types of Dances

 

Choreographers are artist that compose a series of steps to create a story, mood, or feeling. Their creativity stems from the world that surrounds them and is shaped into the bodies of the performers. The steps become a unique idea transfered from one artist to another for the world to enjoy.


When it comes to dances, there are four choreographic styles. Narrative, which is commonly found in ballets, musical visualizations, found in contemporary styles such as hip hop, chance, made famous by Merce Cunningham, and improvisation, found in modern dance and many ethnic dances. Now, let’s take a look at these styles more closely. Below is a description of each with a video. What style do you prefer?



Narrative – a dance that tells a story


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP0zZ9LbDFs&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]


Music visualization – a dance that mimics the music’s timing, intensity, and flow


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ov80ne4TN4&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]



Chance – a dance that performs combinations randomly using time, space, and energy exercises

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBJdHnv5tM&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]


Improvisation – a dance that is made up spontaneously

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cLzD4TBd9A&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999]