Name, first nameDe Juan, AlmaYear of birth1994UniversityECALField of Interest / research fieldArt Direction in Typography / in Photography Title of projectTraces of movementAbstractFrom among all the artistic fields, dance is the only
one that has had a continuous relation with oral
tradition in Western Culture. This one characteristic
remains linked to the history of dancing and its
identity. To access the nature of dance, whether it is
by perceptual means or by performing it, is a direct
access which steps in the heart of emotion, above all
in contemporary dance. In this sense, dancing does
not seem to have anything to do with a symbolic
system which would reduce and summarize the sensitive
tissue of movement to a universal graphology.
Nevertheless, although its apparent independence
with the written world, the choreographic drawing
has always been present in dance history. The movement
has incessantly wanted to enrol itself and
remain remembered; what is to say, to be fixed. And
amongst every representative and notation system
in dance, few have had as much influence as the
one created by Rudolf Laban in the 20’s. The depth
and conceptual novelty of his discoveries contributed
to its wide spreading and universal ambition.
Sigurd Leeder, together with the choreograph and pedagogue Albrecht Knust, contributed deeply in
the development and study of Laban’s kinetography.
But like the rest of dance notation systems, it does
not have a lineal and progressive development. Its
modest nature, ephemeral and without any kind
of supposed enduring for the dance scores, leads
these systems to ambiguous cultural status, with no
authority positions or symbolic references. No edict,
no clergyman or typographic federation has ever try
to fix them —as it was the case of word and music—.
Thus, this research —being fundamentally based on
two great figures in the realm of dance and contemporary
notation, Rudolf Laban and Sigurd Leeder— is
aiming to propose an answer to questions such as
the need for constant transformation of notation
systems in dance and the search of a choreographic
score capable to describe any human movement.
TutorsRoland Früh and Wayne Daly
Traces of movement