Transmission in Motion – The Technologizing of Dance

Author: Maaike Bleeker
Publisher: Routledge (2017)

Paperback: 244 pages
Language: English
ISBN13: 978 1 138 18944 7

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How can various technologies, from the more conventional to the very new, be used to archive, share and understand dance movement? How can they become part of new ways of creating dance? What does this tell us about the ways in which technology is part of how we make sense and think?

Well-known choreographers and dance collectives including William Forsythe, Siohban Davis, Merce Cunningham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and BADco. have initiated projects to investigate these questions, and in so doing have inaugurated a new era for dance archives, education, research and creation. Their work draws attention to the intimate relationship between the technologies we use and the ways in which we think, perceive, and make sense.

Transmission in Motion examines these extraordinary projects ‘from the inside’, presenting in-depth analyses by the practitioners, artists and collectives involved in their development. These studies are framed by scholarly reflection, illuminating the significance of these projects in the context of current debates on dance, the (multi-media) archive, immaterial cultural heritage and copyright, embodied cognition, education, media culture and the knowledge society.

Contributors: Maaike Bleeker, Scott deLahunta, Paul Kaiser, Florence Corin, Chris Ziegler, Bojana Cvejić, Sarah Whatley, Rachel Fensham, Marlon Barrios Solano, Bertha Bermúdez Pascual, Norah Zuniga Shaw, Nikolina Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Tomislav Medak, James Leach, Harmony Bench, Charlotte Waelde, Sarah Whatley, Sally Jane Norman, Chris Salter, Alva Noë.