Dance Notation: Exploring a new visual language

How can dance movements be translated into a visual language? In her bachelor thesis Elansa Czech has been investigating potentials for a radically new dance notation. How can a visual abstraction of dance add to the creation of a playing field and to the analysis of movements? Her research is based on the analysis of older dance notations from Rudolf von Laban and Pierre Beauchamp amongst others.

StudentElansa Czech
Department:Design, Campus Berlin
Mentors:Prof. Rasmus Giesel, Dirk Oskamp (Tamschick Media)
Degree:Bachelor of Arts

Winter term 2019/20

Using 3D tracking systems Elansa Czech experimented with new forms of dance and movement notations exploring their limits. In her experiment she worked with the software “Touch Designer” that was able to visualize the movements of the participating dancers.

Within a certain sensor range the Kinect camera filmed and tracked the movements. The Kinect camera is programmed so it records various body parts and transforms them into data points. This kind of dance notation creates a completely new art form that is able to visualize unconscious movement patterns.